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As a true freshman last season, Alabama sophomore OT Cameron Robinson was "an upgrade from 2014 second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio at the position for the Crimson Tide," according to NFL Media.

NFL Media ranks Robinson as the No. 5 offensive player in the entire country. "The first true freshman to start for Alabama at left tackle since Andre Smith, Robinson gave up just three sacks all season while seeing action against six NFL draft picks (Dante Fowler, Shane Ray, Markus Golden, Preston Smith, Danielle Hunter and Trey Flowers)," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "As if that wasn't enough of a test, he also battled three of the best 15 defensive players still in the college game: Ohio State's Joey Bosa, Texas A&M's Myles Garrett and Tennessee's Derek Barnette." The 6-foot-6, 326-pounder won't be draft eligible until after next season.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 2:00 PM

Alabama ILB Reggie Ragland believes junior OLB Tim Williams could lead the nation in sacks next season.

"He can lead the country in sacks," Ragland says. "That’s how fast and physical he is." Quite high praise for a player who has been a part-timer the past few years. In 19 career games, Williams has eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and four pass breakups. That said, Williams, a consensus four-star prospect coming out of high school, is an athletic specimen who is a disruptive pass rusher off the edge. At 6-foot-4, Williams could potentially add 20 pounds and play DE in the NFL.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 5:43 PM

Alabama junior DT A'Shawn Robinson "occupies blockers and still manages to create disruption up front," notes SB Nation's Dan Kadar.

The Tide are going to have a fearsome defensive front in 2015, as Kadar notes: "Alabama's has NFL players across the defensive line with senior end Jarran Reed and junior Jonathan Allen looking like solid NFL players." Robinson posted 49 tackles and 6.5 TFL in 2014, earning honorable mention All-SEC honors. NFL Media ranks him as the No. 5 defender in the country.
Source: SB Nation
May 23 - 12:24 AM

NFL Media likens Alabama senior LB Reggie Ragland to Jerod Mayo.

"[Mayo] he was a tackling machine over his first five years in the NFL and took on blocks between the tackles with plenty of thump," wrote Chase Goodbread. "That's the way Ragland plays inside linebacker for the Crimson Tide, and he'll be the general of the unit this fall as a senior." The 6-foot-2, 252-pound Ragland had 95 stops and 10.5 TFL and was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award last year. CBS Sports ranks him as the best senior inside linebacker prospect.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 11:41 PM

Alabama senior DT Jarran Reed was compared by NFL Media to Michael Brockers.

Reed, an All-SEC honorable mention selection in his first year with the Tide, recorded 55 tackles, 6.5 stops for a loss, one sack and five pass breakups in 2014. "Reed can play nose guard, tackle or even defensive end in a 3-4 alignment, effectively handling any of those jobs with a brute strength and power that makes him tough to handle on pass plays, but impossible to stop on run downs. Sound familiar?" wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "That's Brockers' game, too, and his NFL draft scouting profile from the 2012 draft reads like a perfect description of Reed. Both command double teams and, while neither is a sack artist, they both shrink the pocket from the inside, which makes quarterbacks a lot less comfortable." NFL.com's Chad Reuter wrote that Reed could "be the first nose tackle off the board next spring."
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 9:39 PM

NFL Media ranks Alabama freshman WR Calvin Ridley as their No.4 impact freshman in college football.

The Alabama prospect was the nation's No. 1 receiver and No. 11 overall recruit, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The 6-foot, 170-pound Ridley should be able to compete right away. The pure hands-catcher has the ability to go up and get the football in traffic and possesses great leaping ability. The sky is the limit for the young Crimson Tide prospect, and he should follow in the footsteps of former WR Amari Cooper.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 2:55 PM

Alabama is experimenting with redshirt sophomore DB Anthony Everett at WR.

We should first note how athletic Averett is, as he was a part of the SEC title track team. Second, the school has a logjam at cornerback, and the Crimson Tide might be looking at different ways to get the supreme athlete on the field. Head coach Nick Saban said as much, ""He's a guy that has great speed, and we'd like to find a role for him on the team." Averett is the nephew of Bryant McKinnie.
Source: AL.com
May 21 - 12:56 PM

Alabama junior RB Kenyan Drake has "the potential to be an electric player who can score from anywhere on the field," according to NFL.com's Bryan Fischer

"With a lack of experience and depth at tailback, he'll play Robin to starter Derrick Henry's Batman, but Drake has the potential to be an electric player who can score from anywhere on the field," Fischer wrote. The Crimson Tide prospect broke his leg back in October, and should have a perfect opportunity to rebound and showcase his talents in 2015. The 6-foot, 201-pound Drake has the ideal size and speed for the next level, and was reported to have run a 4.4 forty back in March.
Source: NFL.com
May 20 - 3:29 PM

NFL Media notes that Alabama junior DT A'Shawn Robinson "plays a lot like former Alabama defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who was the No. 3 overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills."

Robinson is "a burly, space-munching defensive tackle who dominates the interior ... although he's not to be confused with a stationary nose guard-type," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. "He led Alabama in sacks as a freshman in 2013 and has the athleticism to disrupt the backfield." Robinson recorded 49 tackles and 6.5 TFL to earn honorable mention All-SEC honors last year. NFL Media ranks Robinson as the No. 5 defensive player in the country.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 11:46 PM

Alabama junior tight end O.J. Howard is "blessed with outstanding size, speed and athleticism," noted Scout.com's Jamie Newberg.

The analyst ranks him as the No. 17 prospect in the land. Howard hasn't yet been given the credit he deserves for doing the dirty work, but he's been a key contributor in the Crimson Tide run game, posting more than 110 knockdown blocks over the past two years. "But where he will make a living is as a huge receiving threat," Newberg wrote. "He's tall and long and uses that to his advantage. Howard can catch the football and become a yacker. In today's NFL he could be an outstanding weapon." The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder ran a 4.59 second forty this spring.
Source: Scout.com
May 18 - 9:18 PM

Alabama junior RB Derrick Henry pushes pickup trucks to train during the offseason.

Henry posted multiple Instagram videos, but they have since been taken down. Last year, Henry flipped monster truck tires. He has graduated to full blown trucks. There might not be a bigger freak, a term of endearment, at the college level. Henry currently stands around 6'3" and 240 lbs.
Source: AL.com
May 18 - 10:02 AM

Former Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens executive Phil Savage described Alabama junior DT A'Shawn Robinson as a "man-child."

"Robinson is widely regarded as one of the top defensive players in the country and is the centerpiece of an Alabama defensive line that may be the most talented in the nation," wrote AL.com's Matt Zenitz. As a first-team freshman All-American in 2013, Robinson posted 38 tackles, eight TFL and a team-high 5.5 sacks. He recorded 49 tackles and 6.5 TFL to earn honorable mention All-SEC honors. Walter Football calls the 6-foot-4, 315-pounder the best DT eligible for next year’s draft and projects Robinson as a first-rounder.
Source: AL.com
May 17 - 5:23 PM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama senior DT Jarran Reed "was a consistent standout during Alabama’s scrimmages this spring."

Reed, a former JUCO, was an All-SEC honorable mention selection in his first year with the Tide, recording 55 tackles, 6.5 stops for a loss, one sack and five pass breakups in 2014. The 6-foot-4, 313-pounder is drawing grades all across the board. Walter Football doesn't rank Reed as one of the top-19 DTs eligible for next year’s draft, while NFL.com's Chad Reuter writes that he could "be the first nose tackle off the board next spring."
Source: AL.com
May 17 - 4:40 PM

Scout.com ranks Alabama junior DT A'Shawn Robinson as the No. 9 overall prospect.

"This 312-pounder is incredibly light on his feet," wrote Jamie Newberg. "His outstanding quickness allow him to penetrate and make plays or move laterally and make plays. In addition, he has tremendous strength and does a nice job of keep his pad level low." Rotoworld's Josh Norris recently mocked the prospect to the Jaguars at No. 6. Robinson's stat line last season didn't inspire, but that could change this year. "There's no question with a big season and growth in the development department he could elevate his draft status into the top ten. Robinson has serious upside written all over him," Newberg wrote.
Source: Scout.com
May 17 - 12:53 AM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama senior LB Reggie Ragland ran the 40-yard dash in 4.70 seconds during spring practices.

That's moving plenty well for a 6-foot-2, 255-pounder. Ragland garnered first-team All-SEC honors last year by posting 95 tackles while also recording 10.5 TFL. CBS Sports ranks him as the best senior inside linebacker prospect, while Walter Football grades Ragland as the No. 2 draft-eligible inside linebacker and projects him as a second-to-third round pick.
Source: AL.com
May 17 - 12:39 AM


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