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NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper is "a taller version of Odell Beckham Jr., although he doesn't quite have Beckham's speed."

The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Brandt notes that 25 of those catches came on third down, "so that tells you that he was really moving the chains. Anytime Alabama needed a big play, it would go to him even though he was often double- or triple-teamed." Cooper is a potential -- some would say likely -- top-10 pick in the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 11:47 PM

Alabama senior FB Jalston Fowler "showed that he's much more than" a traditional fullback at the Senior Bowl, wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"With only 12 carries as a senior for the Crimson Tide, he was an afterthought on that offense, but after seeing him during Senior Bowl practices, it was clear he was also underutilized," Brugler wrote. "During drills, Fowler was quick through the hole with decisive quickness and the pop to brush off contact, keeping his feet and rumbling to the second level." Fowler reminds NFL Media analyst Charles Davis of former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman. The 5-foot-11, 264-pounder has experience at H-Back in addition to FB.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 28 - 8:21 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims mentioned last week at the Senior Bowl that "he proved to the world" that he "can play quarterback," Al.com's Michael Casagrande reports.

"I think, after the season I had and talking to coach (Nick) Saban and coach (Lane) Kiffin, I think I proved to the world I can play quarterback," Sims said last week in Mobile before the Senior Bowl. The Alabama prospect played running back early in his career, and notes that could be an option down the road. However, Sims doesn't seem like he's ready to make a position switch anytime soon. Our own Josh Norris is higher on the Alabama signal-caller than most. "I am not saying Sims is perfect, as he definitely has frenetic placement," Norris wrote. "However, I really like his functional mobility to win inside and outside of structure and arm to test multiple levels."
Source: Al.com
Jan 28 - 3:14 PM

TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes that Alabama senior OLB Xzavier Dickson "can rush the passer or play in space."

"Many sleeping on Xzavier Dickson/Alabama; terrific 3-4 OLB prospect. Can rush the passer or play in space. Rebounded in '2014 after poor '2013," Pauline tweeted. Pauline wrote earlier this season that he believes Dickson should sneak into the later rounds of the draft.
Jan 28 - 2:45 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims has been invited to the NFL Combine.

Sims just finished an up and down week at the Senior Bowl, which matches his tape. Rotoworld's Josh Norris observed Sims was more accurate when more defenders were on the field (7 on 7s, team exercises) compared to throwing against air or in 1 on 1s. That odes not bode well for throwing at the Combine.
Jan 28 - 10:33 AM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote that Alabama senior QB Blake Sims was inconsistent at the Senior Bowl.

"He tends to get in a funk at times and his confidence drops, but when in rhythm, Sims has looked like the best quarterback in Mobile at times," Brugler wrote. "He buzzed accurate passes all over the field and didn't shy from making tough reads, testing downfield windows and not just checking down during seven-on-seven drills." Rotoworld's Josh Norris is higher on the Alabama signal-caller than most. "I am not saying Sims is perfect, as he definitely has frenetic placement," Norris wrote. "However, I really like his functional mobility to win inside and outside of structure and arm to test multiple levels."
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 26 - 7:25 PM

Alabama senior FB Jalston Fowler "will run defenders over as a lead blocker," wrote NFL Media analyst Charles Davis.

"He also is dependable carrying the ball, not that he's asked to do so often, and has good hands to catch the ball out of the backfield," Davis wrote. "He reminds me a bit of former 49ers fullback Tom Rathman. One NFL executive told me Fowler would be a Day 1 starter for any team that still utilizes a fullback." The 5-foot-11, 264-pounder didn't get many opportunities to touch the ball at Alabama, but he made life easier for a host of stud offensive teammates. Fowler also has experience at H-Back.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 8:36 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline wrote that he doesn't believe Alabama senior QB Blake Sims "has the makings of an NFL quarterback."

Tell us how you really feel, Tony. Rotoworld's Josh Norris remains far higher on the Alabama signal-caller. "I am not saying Sims is perfect, as he definitely has frenetic placement," Norris wrote. "However, I really like his functional mobility to win inside and outside of structure and arm to test multiple levels."
Jan 23 - 7:33 PM

While coaching Tennessee, Alabama OC Lane Kiffin recruited QB Blake Sims as a WR, a source told Josh Norris.

Sims obviously signed with Alabama out of high school and played running back after redshirting his first season. Sims then spent time as a backup quarterback before being Kiffin's starter during his first year calling the offense. Sims is currently participating in the Senior Bowl.
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 21 - 1:16 PM

Alabama QB Blake Sims arrived at the Senior Bowl standing 5'11.5" and 199 pounds with 9" hands.

Many consider 9" the threshold for quarterback hand size. Sims has a great chance to show off his mobility and downfield arm in Mobile, however, he has major placement issues despite putting together a few highlight reel throws.
Jan 20 - 12:07 PM

Alabama beat writer Marquavius Burnett notes that Alabama senior QB Blake Sims "has not had any talk about changing positions."

"Spoke with Blake Sims. Said there hasn't been any talk about changing positions. Said he's "quarterback all the way," Burnett wrote. The Crimson Tide prospect will have every opportunity to prove himself at the Senior Bowl. The 6-foot, 208-pound Sims can throw downfield and has plenty of mobility to find space. He certainly has flaws and will be critiqued for his size.
Jan 19 - 9:44 PM

Alabama junior DL Jarran Reed will return to school for the 2015 season.

Reed has only played at Alabama for one season, but tested the waters by receiving a draft grade from the advisory board. Alabama's defensive front was deep and athletic in 2014, and most of the pieces are returning in 2015.
Jan 16 - 10:15 AM

Alabama junior LB Reggie Ragland will return to school in 2015.

Ragland was considering early entry into the draft but announced his intention to return to school on deadline day for non-senior declarations. He will enter 2015 as one of the top prospects at his position.
Jan 16 - 9:55 AM

Alabama junior RB T.J. Yeldon said he got a "2nd round" grade from the NFL's College Advisory Committee, according to Alabama beat writer Marquavius Bennett.

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Yeldon battled hamstring and ankle injuries throughout the season, but still managed to rush for 979 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. The Crimson Tide prospect finished his career with 3,322 rushing yards and 37 rushing touchdowns. We really like Yeldon's abilities, as he accelerates through creases and can devastate defenders' angles at the second level. He exhibits good balance and falls forward.
Jan 9 - 2:22 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Alabama junior WR Amari Cooper "is very well-rounded with more than enough athleticism to create separation before, during and after the catch."

The Biletnikoff Award winner, who declared for the draft this week, posted 124 receptions for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. "He is a detailed route runner with an understanding of how to set up defenders, clearly paying attention to the subtleties of the position," Brugler wrote. "Cooper is a humble, hard worker and might be the 'safest' prospect in this class when projecting him to the next level. He will be able to help a NFL team immediately as a rookie." The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Cooper is considered to be a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 draft.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 8 - 10:32 PM


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