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Alabama TE O.J. Howard easily won a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel poll as this year's top draft-eligible tight end.

Howard received 14-of-16 first place votes logged by NFL evaluators. "He’s by far and away the best this year," one scout summed up. "He can do everything. He’s got rare speed and athletic ability. He runs like a receiver. He got better as a blocker from his junior to his senior year. ... He’ll end up being one of the best tight ends in the league." Miami's David Njoku (who finished second in the poll) and Ole Miss WR/TE Evan Engram (who finished third) received the other two first-place votes. South Alabama's Gerald Everett and Michigan's Jake Butt finished Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.
Apr 23 - 2:00 PM

One scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that Alabama T Cam Robinson is "very, very erratic."

In a poll of 17 NFL evaluators, Robinson was named the top offensive line prospect in this pool, earning that designation over Utah's Garrett Bolles and Wisconsin's Ryan Ramczyk. That is shiny enough, but his evaluations from personnel men speaking with the Journal-Sentinel were decidedly mixed. "Guy’s been a three-year starter (at LT) in the SEC. You can certainly see the potential," one scout said. Another evaluator was somewhat less enthused, telling the Journal-Sentinel that Robinson "hasn't got better since his freshman year," while another (the above "very, very erratic" scout) noted that the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder committed a "[l]ot of penalties." This is not the sharpest of offensive line classes, but all three of Robinson, Bolles and Ramczyk are potential Day 1 prospects.
Apr 22 - 1:21 PM

An NFC college scouting director said that Alabama DL Jonathan Allen's draft stock is fluid due to past shoulder surgeries.

"I put a higher grade on him before the medicals came in and we had to lower him because of that. That was really it," the scouting director said. "You don’t see too many like him; he’s that good to me." He went on to say that "I honestly don’t know where he’ll go because of the [shoulder concern]." Allen was forced to undergo surgeries to repair torn labrums in both shoulders during his time at Alabama. A somewhat surprising under-performer at the Combine, the 6-foot-3, 291-pounder has landed as a top-five pick in a number of industry mock drafts even despite that lackluster showing and his past surgeries.
Apr 22 - 12:52 PM

While speaking on a conference call on Friday, NFL Network's Mike Mayock said that Alabama LB Reuben Foster "still might be a top-10 pick."

Draft pundits near and far are in scramble mode as they try to assess how news of Foster's failed Combine drug test on a diluted sample might affect his stock. Said Mayock, "I don't see him sliding all that far. I think he's a top-20 pick all day long in any draft. Could he have been a top-10 pick? He still might be a top-10 pick." Mayock also offered a little insight on Foster's boot from the Combine for his confrontation with a hospital worker, calling it "way overdone" and saying that "I think the [C]ombine incident has been wiped clean by almost every team." Mayock refers to the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder as "a top-20 pick all day long," but not all pundits are so convinced that Foster is still in play for the top-10 -- or even the first round. The Ringer's Michael Lombardi tweeted earlier on Friday that he believes that Foster will be on the board come the start of the second round.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 21 - 5:46 PM

The Ringer's Michael Lombardi believes Alabama LB Reuben Foster "will be there" at the top of Round 2.

"Teams picking between 33-45 will need to make sure they are comfortable with R. Foster, cause he will be there," Lombardi tweeted on Friday. This report flies in the face of what Rotoworld's Josh Norris has been hearing. Norris reported earlier on Friday that Foster is still receiving "plenty" of Round 1 interest despite Foster's failed drug test -- due to a diluted sample -- at the NFL Combine. Foster has had one of the worst Draft processes of any prospect in this year's class.
Apr 21 - 2:58 PM

In a poll of seventeen NFL evaluators asking who is this year's best offensive linemen, Alabama T Cam Robinson barely edged Garrett Bolles and Ryan Ramczyk

The evaluators were asked to rank their five best offensive linemen, with five points being awarded for a first-place vote. Robinson (59 points, two firsts) beat out Bolles (57, nine) and Ramczyk (53, five) by the narrowest of margins. Nobody was particularly enthused by the OL class, however. "It’s really going down," an AFC personnel man said. "This year is really disappointing." An NFC exec broke down the top three like this: "The first three tackles could start (as rookies) potentially but they’re going to take time. The Alabama guy might be a better right tackle. Bolles is a nutty dude. Ramczyk is quiet and (played at) Stevens Point two years ago. You don’t feel great about any of these guys."
Apr 21 - 2:32 PM

Three teams are visiting with Alabama LB Reuben Foster the weekend ahead of the NFL Draft, according to Josh Norris.

Norris says there is plenty of first round interest despite the failed drug test due to a diluted sample. Just remember Shane Ray, who was cited for marijuana possession the week of the draft and still went in round one. Foster never failed a drug test at Alabama but will be in the NFL program once entering the league. Watch out for the 49ers in a trade out, the Saints, the Ravens and the Dolphins in round one.
Apr 21 - 10:15 AM

Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson suggested Alabama TE O.J. Howard as a possible selection at No. 9.

This was part of an insider mock on the Browns radio network. A few points, Hobson writes for the team, so he could be trying to get people off the Bengals' trail. Second, Howard might not be priority one, but a possible target. Third, Howard might be the target, even with Derek Barnett on the board. Most likely Howard is in the conversation, but not THE conversation.
Apr 21 - 8:19 AM

Alabama redshirt junior RB Bo Scarbrough (leg), junior RB Damien Harris (foot) and sophomore RB B.J. Emmons (foot) have all been ruled out for Saturday's spring game.

No major surprises in those three absences-to-be. Harris is the most recent name to hit the ranks of the walking wounded, having sprained his foot during the first scrimmage of the spring. As for Scarbrough and Emmons, the former broke his leg against Clemson in the National Championship Game at the beginning of January while the latter has required two surgeries on his foot since November. Alabama HC Nick Saban indicated that Scarbrough's absence is due mostly to the fact that he has yet to start taking contact. Thus the Tide are being reasonably cautious.
Source: SEC Country
Apr 20 - 9:22 PM

Alabama LB Reuben Foster failed his Combine drug test due to a diluted sample.

Foster explained away the diluted sample by pleading illness, telling NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that he believed he was suffering from food poisoning in Indianapolis. "I couldn't eat much, but I had to drink water and Gatorade," he said, later adding that he "went in there, drinking and drinking water, trying to flush out my system from whatever was making me sick and trying to keep my weight up and took the test." A diluted sample is treated the same as a positive test by the NFL. Foster entered the draft process with the potential to be the first linebacker selected on Day 1 of the draft. Since then, matters have steadily devolved for the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder, who was kicked out of the Combine following a confrontation with a hospital worker and has also undergone offseason rotator cuff surgery. The general consensus has Foster's stock sliding as the draft nears. A first-round selection is still in play, here, but his trajectory is going in the wrong direction.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 20 - 4:56 PM

The Dallas Cowboys hosted Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey for an official pre-Draft visit on Wednesday.

Incredibly, Humphrey was the 11th cornerback to take one of the Cowboys’ 30 official visits. That ought to tip you off to their intentions next week at the NFL Draft following the defections of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in free agency.
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 2:11 PM

The Jaguars worked out Alabama T Cam Robinson on Wednesday.

Jacksonville previously hosted Robinson on a visit. The Jaguars may be viewing Robinson as a prospect who could potentially fall into their laps at the top of Round 2, depending on how things shake out. Between a gun arrest roughly a year ago and an inconsistent 2016 on the field, Robinson has his critics. Most assume he'll go in Round 1, but some mock drafts have him sliding into the second stanza, an example being Dane Brugler's most recent.
Apr 19 - 5:48 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that "several teams" are concerned that Alabama CB Marlon Humphrey is "too much of a straight-line defender" who "can only play in limited schemes."

Those teams, per Pauline, are comparing Humphrey’s playing style to former Tide CB Dee Milliner, the No. 9 overall pick in 2013 by the New York Jets. That's obviously an ominous conflation. Milliner has been limited by injuries to only 21 career games. When on the field, he's been routinely lit up. As for Humphrey, he doesn't figure to last long in Round 2 if he isn't taken in Round 1.
Apr 19 - 3:53 PM

Citing "multiple league sources," CBS Sports reports that Alabama LB Reuben Foster's Draft stock is falling.

The reigning Butkus Award winner was in Indianapolis last week for medical rechecks after undergoing surgery on his rotator cuff in February (and getting sent home from the NFL Combine due to an argument with a hospital worker). Unfortunately, according to ESPN, some teams aren't satisfied about the state of his shoulder. It has been suggested that Foster may need a second surgery, though Foster's agent Malki Kawa said his client is "ahead of schedule" and "will be ready for training camp." Either way, an NFL.com poll published this week also found that evaluators predict Foster is most likely to slide on Draft Day. Stay tuned.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 19 - 12:48 PM

In an informal poll of five NFL executives by NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah regarding which player is most likely to slide in the draft, two named Alabama LB Reuben Foster.

"I think Foster is going to slide. Combination of some character concerns and poor interviews," one executive said. The other NFL big wig in question is of the opinion that the 6-foot, 229-pound Foster could have to wait behind two other linebackers before hearing his name called. "I was at the Florida pro day and Jarrad Davis was very impressive. I think there's a chance both Davis and [Temple's Haason] Reddick get picked ahead of Reuben Foster. He's a great player but he hasn't had a great spring." Among the demerits on his evaluating ledger, Foster was booted from the Combine after getting into a dispute with a hospital worker and is also on the recovery trail from offseason shoulder surgery. Despite these red flags, it would be surprising if he dropped out of the teens altogether. A top-10 pick is still not outside the realm of possibility, either.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 18 - 7:16 PM


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