Several first-round caliber players will get a chance to showcase their skills in front of NFL scouts and personnel at the Alabama Crimson Tide Pro Day.
This is the second pro day the Crimson Tide are holding, and no, it's not because they're loaded with skilled players.
Some of the top prospects for Alabama were hurt during their first pro day back in early March. Now that they're healthy, this is their opportunity to put their talents on full display.
This is essentially a job interview for these players, so they better be ready to give it their all.
Here's what you need to know leading up to the Alabama pro day, but be sure to check back right here tomorrow, as we'll update you with news as it comes.
When: Thursday, March 29 at 11:00 a.m. ET
Where: Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Goodbread tweeted some news about Richardson's plans before draft day comes.
Trent Richardson says he's got at least three private workouts scheduled w/ individual clubs between now and draft, including Browns & Bucs.— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 29, 2012
Goodbread tweeted out the news of Upshaw's weight, which is a staggering number for a linebacker.
Upshaw unhappy w/ weight today. Tipped scales at 279. #UAProDay— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 29, 2012
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft contributor for Rotoworld.com, and he tweeted some pro day results for Courtney Upshaw, as well as his opinion on the linebacker.
Courtney Upshaw 27.5" vertical, 7.41 cone, 4.97 short shuttle. Once again, he's not an elite athlete. Tenacious with loads of power and tech— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 29, 2012
Norris also tweeted some news about Trent Richardson's plans for draft day.
Not sure if this has been reported, but Trent Richardson says he will be in NY for the Draft— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 29, 2012
Michael Gehlken covers the San Diego Chargers, and he tweeted what ESPN's Merril Hoge said about a few of Alabama's top prospects.
ESPN's Merril Hoge: Mark Barron's mobility "extremely fluid." Courtney Upshaw versatile b/t 4-3, 3-4. Similar body type to LaMarr Woodley.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) March 29, 2012
Hoge may be over the top at times, but he does know the ins and outs of football.
Chase Goodbread covers the Crimson Tide for the Tuscaloosa News, and he tweeted what Saban told him about Mark Barron's health.
Per Saban, Mark Barron around 85-90% healthy for Pro Day. Ran an unofficial 4.54 for his best clocking.— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 29, 2012
It's no surprise that Barron and Richardson, who is said to be a 70 percent, aren't at full health. The question is, how much will NFL scouts take this into account?
Josh Norris is an NFL Draft contributor for Rotoworld.com, and he had a series of tweets about the top Crimson Tide players.
Trent Richardson just put a Cleveland Browns scout on the floor in pass protecting drills— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 29, 2012
Trent Richardson first unofficial Pro Day forty (Said to be at 70%): 4.58— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 29, 2012
Mark Barron first unofficial Pro Day forty: 4.54— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 29, 2012
Courtney Upshaw 2nd Pro Day 40: 4.81. Obvious during games he doesn't have that elite burst, wins with persistence & tenacity. 4.81 is fine— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) March 29, 2012
Chase Goodbread covers the Crimson Tide for the Tuscaloosa News, and he tweeted out how Richardson performed in the bench press.
Trent Richardson 25 reps on the bench (225 lbs.)... William Vlachos got 33.— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 29, 2012
Goodbread is back at it again with some news, this time about top safety Mark Barron.
Mark Barron's Pro Day broad jump: 10'2".— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) March 29, 2012
Make sure to stay here and we'll continue to update you throughout the day.
Players to Watch
Running back Trent Richardson, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw and safety Mark Barron are all being considered as possible first-round picks.
None of these guys were able to participate in the first Alabama pro day, so look for the spotlight to be on them. Richardson and Upshaw are first-round locks in my opinion, and Barron is a borderline first-rounder.
Since Barron is the top safety in the 2012 draft class, the chances of him landing in the first round are very high. A strong performance at the pro day will help earn the status of a first-round lock.
Other players to keep an eye on are cornerback 'Dre Kirkpatrick and inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower. Both were able to participate in the first Alabama pro day, but they're also expected to partake in drills again on Thursday.
You can't really blame them for getting back out there and showcasing their skills once again. After all, they're both trying to become first-round picks in the 2012 NFL draft, so for every chance they get to work out in front of scouts, they have to take it.
What to Expect
Look for a boatload of media members, NFL scouts and coaches to be in attendance at the second Alabama pro day of 2012.
According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett will be there, and it's his first pro day that he'll be at this spring.
Watkins points out that Garrett attended the USC pro day last year, and the Cowboys ended up selecting offensive tackle Tyrone Smith.
This would leave one to believe that Garrett has his sights set on a member of the Crimson Tide. With their need for help in the secondary, expect Garrett to keep an keen eye on Barron and Kirkpatrick. Of course, depending on how the draft shakes out, Garrett and the Cowboys could end up drafting one of the Crimson Tide's linebackers.
In addition to the mass amounts of people viewing the pro day in Tuscaloosa, another thing to expect is for each of these top Crimson Tide players to thrive in the spotlight.
With the possibility of five Alabama players being selected in the first round in the 2012 NFL draft, look for each of them to make the most of their opportunity and deliver on Thursday.
Nick Saban has taught these kids well, and they'll look past the pressure to put on a great show for all those in attendance.
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