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Alabama sophomore DL A'Shawn Robinson's "ability to push the pocket and get his hands up in passing lanes makes him a disruptive pass-rusher," writes Scout Inc.'s Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl.

Of course, Robinson's contributions to the pass rush are merely a cherry in addition to his real value. "Robinson is an important cog in one of the stingiest run defenses in the country," Muench and Weidl wrote. "Listed at 6-4 and 320 pounds, he has the size and lower-body strength to clog up the middle when he lines up at defensive or nose tackle, in addition to the length to set the edge when he lines up at defensive end in Alabama's multiple-front defense." Robinson, ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle and the fifth-best player in the nation overall prior to last year, isn't eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Dec 18 - 3:20 PM

NFL scouts told NFL.com that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper would have been ranked behind Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans and Odell Beckham Jr. had he been in the 2014 draft.

Watkins, Evans, and Beckham Jr. all went in the top 12 of last year's draft. While this is an interesting report, it's ultimately a meaningless apples to oranges comparison. Cooper is considered by many to be the best receiver in the 2015 class, and he'll likely be a top 10 pick. "Cooper is certainly an intriguing prospect capable of being a Day 1 starter in the NFL, but he is not a talent capable of revolutionizing the position when he enters the league," reported NFL.com. "The scouts' opinions here appear in line with those NFL Media reporter Albert Breer spoke with recently, saying Cooper lacks a 'wow' factor."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 10:38 AM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins' mother April Justin expects her son to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

"That was the plan: Three years in, three years out," Justin said. Collins has said he'll announced his decision after the season. His mother, however, must not have received the memo. "I'm waiting to go to Dallas, because we're gonna get there," said Justin, referring to this year's national championship game that will be at the Dallas Cowbody's AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. "He came in with a bang, and he's gonna leave with a bang." The 6-foot, 222-pound safety is a projected first-round selection.
Source: AL.com
Dec 18 - 10:24 AM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins "is a good player, but he's not elite," said an AFC executive.

"I have some concerns about his range and ability to match up in man coverage," the exec said. "I love his physicality and toughness." We're a bit surprised that the evaluator has reservations about Collins' range, and we aren't the only ones. "Physicality, drive and toughness have never been weaknesses for Collins, a five-star recruit and the No. 1 safety in the 2012 class," noted NFL.com. "The 'he's not elite' comment and questions about his range are a bit surprising as Collins was recently lauded by an NFL scout as the best Alabama safety in the last several years, better than former first-round picks Mark Barron (No. 7 overall by Tampa Bay in 2012) and HaHa Clinton-Dix (No. 21 by Green Bay in 2014)."
Source: NFL.com
Dec 18 - 12:46 AM

Alabama redshirt senior OG Arie Kouandjio faces a critical matchup against Ohio State DT Michael Bennett in the Sugar Bowl, according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"After a slow start, Bennett has been on fire the last five games, including four tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles in the Big Ten Championship Game," Brugler wrote. "While most will have their eyes on how DE Joey Bosa fares against Alabama's offensive tackles, Kouandjio will often line up across from Ohio State's penetrating interior tackle and have his hands full trying to mirror and stonewall Bennett." The analyst is extremely high on Cyrus' brother, believing the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Arie to have top-75 potential in the 2015 class.
Source: CBS Sports
Dec 17 - 6:01 PM

Crimson Tide freshman LT Cameron Robinson makes ESPN’s True Freshman All-America Team.

"Everyone expected big things from Robinson as a recruit, but starting every game as a freshman left tackle? At Alabama? That's impressive, and Robinson only figures to become a more dominant performer as he gains experience," wrote ESPN.com. The freshman tackle was a five-star recruit out of Louisiana and has the potential to grow into a star for Alabama.
Source: ESPN.com
Dec 15 - 2:31 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang notes that scouts are excited about Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper's "great agility and first-step acceleration."

"It isn't just the production in Lane Kiffin's pro-style scheme, however, that has scouts excited. Cooper possesses great agility and first-step acceleration, which make him a nightmare to cover," Rang writes. The Crimson Tide prospect has had a monster year, with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Rang notes that Cooper "projects as a potential immediate impact performer in the NFL." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper is considered to be a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Dec 12 - 3:10 PM

NFL Media reporter Albert Breer reports that one AFC scout says that Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper isn't "elite."

"Well ... "He's an easy route runner," one AFC area scout told Albert Breer. "Not a lot of wasted movement, solid hands, good speed. But I wouldn't say he's elite. He does a lot of things really well." The Heisman hopeful has 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014. The Scout mentioned that Cooper "just doesn't do anything with a 'Wow' factor like (Sammy) Watkins, (Mike) Evans or (Odell) Beckham last year." With that being said, Cooper is still considered to be the best wideout in the country, and a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 12 - 2:40 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims has accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl.

Sims joins ECU's Shane Carden as the only two acceptances at the position. Many have doubted Sims throughout the season. In fact, one non-SEC coach told ESPN he thinks Sims is "terrible." Or was, I guess. Sims can throw downfield and has plenty of mobility to find space. He certainly has flaws and will be critiqued for his size.
Dec 11 - 10:49 AM

Alabama OC Lane Kiffin expects junior WR Amari Cooper to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

"I don't have to worry about him coming back next year," Kiffin said. "That's pretty much done." With two potential remaining games, Cooper has 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. The Heisman Trophy finalist is a projected top-10 pick in the 2015 draft. This year's underclassmen must declare by the Jan. 15 deadline.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 11 - 12:13 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is a darkhorse candidate to go No. 1 overall.

"It is very rare for wide receivers to go No. 1 overall (the last one was Keyshawn Johnson in 1996), but the NFL is a passing league now, and Cooper is without question one of the biggest difference-makers in the 2015 class," McShay wrote. "If a team that is already set at the QB position winds up with the No. 1 pick, Cooper could be in the mix." Cooper, a Heisman finalist, heads into the inaugural College Football Playoff with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Though a long shot to go No. 1, Cooper is a good bet to go in the top 10.
Dec 10 - 9:14 PM

Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was named the SEC's Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches.

The Heisman Trophy finalist has had a monster year, with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Cooper is considered the best wideout in the country and a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Dec 10 - 3:39 PM

Alabama junior S Landon Collins makes the 2014 Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference football team.

If the 6-foot, 222-pound safety declares for the NFL draft he should be a first round selection. ESPN's Mel Kiper believes that Collins is better than recent Crimson Tide safeties Mark Barron, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Vinnie Sunseri. While Collins puts in work as a safety with LB and CB skills, he also increases his stock as a special teams ace.
Source: Al.com
Dec 10 - 2:37 PM

An NFL scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon "could be better" than Eddie Lacy.

"Different type than (Eddie) Lacy, but he could be (better)," the scout said. "He runs hard like Eddie. He has more speed than Eddie." Yeldon is only 68 rushing yards shy of his third 1,000-yard campaign. Yeldon, who has been compared to Darren McFadden and DeAngelo Williams, has produced at a high level in 2014 despite missing time with injuries. He's expected to declare for the draft early, probably hearing his name called in Round 2.
Dec 10 - 1:30 AM

An NFL scout speaking with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said WR and OT were the two best positions in this draft class, and the paper reported Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper was unanimously chosen by scouts as the top wideout.

"He's a top-10 player," said one scout. "Excellent hands. Very explosive and fast. One of the better route runners to come out in a long, long time. Very skilled. Had big-time production. Only thing that's starting to creep up on him is a few injuries." Cooper heads into the inaugural College Football Playoff -- and two potential remaining games -- with 103 receptions for 1,573 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. He's a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Dec 9 - 9:15 PM


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