Alabama Pro Day 2012: Updates on Trent Richardson and Top NFL Draft Prospects

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Alabama Pro Day 2012: Updates on Trent Richardson and Top NFL Draft Prospects
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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.


Goodbread tweeted out the news of Upshaw's weight, which is a staggering number for a linebacker.

Josh Norris is an NFL Draft contributor for, and he tweeted some pro day results for Courtney Upshaw, as well as his opinion on the linebacker.

Norris also tweeted some news about Trent Richardson's plans for draft day.


Michael Gehlken covers the San Diego Chargers, and he tweeted what ESPN's Merril Hoge said about a few of Alabama's top prospects.


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.


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, and he had a series of tweets about the top Crimson Tide players.

Chase Goodbread covers the Crimson Tide for the Tuscaloosa News, and he tweeted out how Richardson performed in the bench press.


Goodbread is back at it again with some news, this time about top safety Mark Barron.


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. 

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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. 

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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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