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Alabama WR Amari Cooper is "one of the better route runners to come out in a long, long time," an NFL scout said.

"Very skilled, explosive and fast," he added. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper ran a 4.42 forty with a 1.62 10-yard split on Saturday. He posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. "Dynamic player," another scout said. "Quick, fast, agile, good hands. Difference-maker."
Feb 23 - 10:34 PM

Alabama S Landon Collins' Combine measurements are 6'0" 228 lbs, with 31 1/2" arms and 9 3/8" hands.

Don't assume this is a negative. For comparison, Shaq Thompson measured in at 6'0" 228 lbs, with 33" arms and 9 1/2" hands. Collins plays a lot of safety closer to the box, but also did well in single high safety looks. Alabama asked their safeties to roll a bit more than others schools do.
Feb 21 - 11:28 AM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper ran an "unofficial" 4.42 forty with a 1.62 10 yard split.

This is a great time for a 6'1", 211 lbs receiver with 10" hands and 31 1/2" arms. Cooper himself admitted to need to improve in contested catches. He will shine in the "small" receiver game, meaning quickness, burst, separation and yards after catch ability.
Feb 21 - 10:44 AM

Alabama senior ILB Trey DePriest (torn meniscus) mentioned that he's hoping to workout at Alabama's pro day on March 11th.

The Crimson Tide prospect underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in the offseason, which forced him out of this week's activities at the combine. The 6-foot-2, 242-pound DePriest recorded 87 total tackles at the inside linebacker position, with five tackles for loss, three pass breakups, and one forced fumble. The Crimson Tide prospect is best-suited as a two-down ILB in a 3-4 defense.
Feb 20 - 3:27 PM

Updating a previous item, Josh Norris has learned Blake Sims will only go through QB drills.

It was previously reported that Sims would go through both QB and RB drills. It is not uncommon for teams to request players go through multiple positions, but that usually occurs for edge rushers. Sims has been viewed by some as a RB and a WR, especially early in his Alabama career.
Feb 20 - 2:30 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims will also test at RB at the NFL Combine.

Sims has outstanding phone booth movement in the pocket for a quarterback, and he actually began the early portions of his career at RB and WR. Rotoworld's Josh Norris buys into some of Blake Sims' skills because of that natural pocket movement while keeping his eyes up, but a position switch isn't out of the question.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 10:24 AM

Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon mentioned that he has met with the Seahawks, Eagles, Steelers and Jaguars, according to Alabama beat writer Marquavius Burnett.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon was a tad banged up this season, as he dealt with hamstring issues and ankle injuries throughout the year. During his combine interview, the Crimson Tide prospect noted that "he's 100 percent healthy" now.
Feb 19 - 4:03 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper arrived at the Combine with measurements of 6'1", 211 lbs and 10" hands.

Cooper also has 31 1/2" arms. Expect Cooper to shine in change of direction drills, as in the 3-cone and short shuttle, as he displays very little wasted movements in his routes. He should have a very good workout.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 2:26 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper has the "highest floor" of the top receivers in the draft, according to NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock.

The analyst was specifically comparing Cooper to West Virginia's Kevin White and Louisville's DeVante Parker. NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranks Cooper as the top receiver, while colleague Daniel Jeremiah slots Cooper No. 2 behind White. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper had 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season, though he posted a drop rate of 11.4% in five 2014 games charted by Matt Harmon.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 17 - 2:43 AM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay praised Alabama WR Amari Cooper's suddenness in routes.

McShay tweeted to take notice of Cooper's "ability to drop weight at top of his stem," citing a 3rd and 6 play against Florida corner Vernon Hargreaves III. This is where Cooper wins, with separation skills and quickness on the ground. This translates to the NFL both outside and in the slot.
Feb 15 - 1:45 PM

One NFL scout, who spoke with NJ.com's Mark Eckel, believes RB T.J. Yeldon is being "a little" overrated because he went to Alabama.

"But he's not bad, He's strong, but he's not very fast," the scout said. "He would be a good second back if you already have a No. 1." We think there is a better argument for Yeldon being "underrated" due to the school where he played football, since Mark Ingram took some time to contribute and Trent Richardson busted. Yeldon is extremely smooth, has tremendous acceleration when seeing the goal line, and always seems to fall forward.
Source: NJ.com
Feb 14 - 2:35 PM

Alabama WR Amari Cooper will battle West Virginia's Kevin White at the combine hoping to remain the top receiver, notes NFL.com.

"NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks has Cooper as the top receiver, but fellow analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Cooper No. 2, behind West Virginia's Kevin White," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "While their combine performances won't necessarily settle the debate, it will be interesting to compare. Cooper's 40 time will be especially interesting." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper had 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season, though he posted a drop rate of 11.4% in five 2014 games charted by Matt Harmon.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 11 - 10:08 PM

Alabama S Landon Collins fell from No. 7 to No. 20 in Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft.

Kiper slotted Collins to the Bears at No. 7 in his last mock draft. This time around, he had the safety falling to the Steelers at No. 20. "My evaluation of him hasn't changed at all," Kiper wrote. "But in most cases when you're drafting in Round 1, you're looking for a player who can come in and contribute, if not start, pretty early, so players rise and fall all the time on fit. Even if the Steelers decide to bring back the future that is Hall of Famer Troy Polamalu, they certainly need to prepare for life without him. Collins would be a good replacement as a highly versatile safety who can make plays at the line of scrimmage and will cover. He brings a ton of experience, and the expectation is that he'll be able to help a defense right away. That could be exactly what Pittsburgh needs, which could make him a great value here."
Feb 11 - 9:38 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban suspended freshman RB Tyren Jones indefinitely.

Again. Alabama's fourth-leading rusher in 2014 (36 carries for 224 yards and two touchdowns in garbage time) was also suspended for a spell in October. "Tyren Jones has been suspended indefinitely for conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program," Saban said. One wonders if Jones will use this as an impetus to consider bolting a crowded backfield and transfer.
Feb 10 - 11:30 PM

An SEC defensive coordinator said he's "not a fan" of Alabama OL Arie Kouandjio.

"Not a fan. I've always thought he was bad. Name only, can't play," the coordinator said. Ouch. "While he has good size (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) and length for the position, he's stiff throughout his lower body and tends to be mechanical," added Lance Zierlein of NFL.com. "His lack of functional athleticism and versatility will limit his NFL chances." CBS Sports' Dane Brugler is extremely high on Cyrus' brother, believing Arie to have top-75 potential.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 10 - 10:11 PM


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