NFL Combine 2012: 3 Alabama Prospects Poised to Steal The Show

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2012

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide calls the defense against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The 2011 college football season was owned by Alabama, and now it’s time for them to take over the NFL combine next week in Indianapolis.

Nine players were invited to the combine, but safety Mark Barron has already announced he will not be attending. But that’s okay, because there are still three of his former teammates that are absolutely physical freaks sure to make the pro scouts drool.

 

Josh Chapman, DT

Last month it was revealed that Chapman had played most of the 2011 season on a torn ACL and meniscus. Pretty incredible considering he only sat out one game.

TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 08:  Josh Chapman #99 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In that one game, ‘Bama gave up 302 yards to Georgia Southern. That’s all you need to know about how valuable Chapman can be.

While he won’t be running much on his knee, he is going to participate in the bench press competition. At 310 pounds, this guy has the ability to break the record set by Stephen Paea last year. The pure strength of Chapman is absolutely incredible.

 

Dont'a Hightower, LB

Despite clocking in at 6’4’’ and 260 pounds, Hightower has been clocked at a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. The speed he possesses at the position is second-to-none, and it’s going to make the rest of the linebackers at the combine feel like slow wimps.

Hightower’s extreme athleticism is going to shine in Indy.

 

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide rushes upfield against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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At 6’2’’ and 190 pounds, he has the speed to blow away the competition in the sprints portion of the combine. His fluid hips are incredibly unique for a guy his size and a big reason why he has a leg up on the competition.

He is the whole package and is going to dominate when he can get out and compete against some of the top receivers. Despite his marijuana bust, I think Kirkpatrick will convince scouts he’s worth a top 10 pick by the end of the festivities. 

 

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Tyrann Mathieu #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers is tackled by Dre Kirkpatrick #21 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 i
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