Friday, March 7, 2014
The Crimson Tide got its eighth commitment for the 2015 recruiting class when Dadeville High School defensive end Anfernee Jennings announced his commitment to the Crimson Tide on Twitter on Thursday.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Savage: I would say Kevin Norwood was seen as possession receiver for the better part of his career. He went down to the Reese's Senior Bowl and ended up being the South's Most Outstanding Player in the game and then carried that momentum into the Combine and runs sub-4.5. I think he absolutely helped himself through this pre-Draft evaluation period. I think he'll probably still be a mid-to-late round draft choice but I think he definitely answered some questions that people had on him, so I thought the Combine was a good experience for him.
I thought from a throwing standpoint, AJ (McCarron) did a nice job. His 40 was essentially the same that he ran last spring for the most part. I think the lower body explosion is what people have a question about in terms of movement in the pocket, escape, set your feet, make an accurate throw. You don't get that at the Combine. I think we'll see more of that at the Pro Day. Overall, I thought AJ threw in rhythm, he threw off the plant of his foot. He threw the ball down the field well. Of course, the post corner, to me, has always been his best throw anyways. He was able to showcase that.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, he and Calvin Pryor from Louisville, are seen as probably the two top safeties. I thought, at least to this point, he probably nudged ahead a little bit just based off the workout. I thought he was fluid, he was athletic in his movement. He's got good ball skills. His 40 time was in the 4.6 range. I think that's about what he is. He seemed to solidify his status in terms of what people were talking about coming in to the weekend.
C.J. Mosley did not run the 40 but worked out position-wise. I thought he showed what he is. He's a really good athlete. Did not catch the ball that well but I don't think that's really a knock on him. He's got enough interception production to show that he can make a play when it comes to him.
I thought Adrian Hubbard put forth maybe the best effort. He just seemed to really go for it at the Combine. He ran well, he moved around pretty well. I think he's an outside linebacker in a 3-4. Whatever status he has draft-wise, I think he was able to maintain it or at least have people go back and look at more tape on him because of his performance. I thought it was positive for him overall.
Cyrus Kouandjio, this was a little different twist to the journey for him. He was seen as a top-flight left tackle coming into the season, he lost some of that reputation during the year, this was the first chance people had a chance to see him in person. He did not run well. His workout was really, in all honesty, just OK. And now there's some medical questions out there. I don't know where he stands at this point. Certainly not in the top 10 and probably not in the top 20 but we'll have to see how this sorts out this spring with the medicals and if he can come back and have a better day March 12.
AL.com: Alabama's had a lot of players too injured to perform at the NFL Combine in recent years. How much does that matter?
Savage: At the end of the day, it doesn't matter so much if you're able to come back and actually do a full Pro Day and check off all the boxes then. You look at Eddie Lacy last year, was really not until the third Pro Day that he was actually able to run and do everything. He went in the second round. On talent alone, he could have been a first-rounder but because of some of those kinds of questions, it probably dropped him some in the draft. Barrett Jones was never able to get anything done because of the foot surgery. That was the choice that was made, I'm going to finish my career and basically get my foot fixed and healthy and see how it all shakes out. He goes in the fourth round. He might have gone a little higher if not for the injury situation but I think at the end of the day, it's about where most people had him forecasted during the fall.
The bottom line is every player has an inventory sheet, for lack of a better term. The teams are looking for you to fill in every blank on that sheet. For a lot of seniors, the Combine is kind of the period on the end of the sentence. Once you run your 4.65 or whatever it is and do the interview, basically they've put it all to bed and the only thing they have left is a Pro Day where they'll get measured and weighed again and go through a position workout. They stand on their times and they've done everything they can do. For the juniors, it's probably a little bit more important because the Combine is kind of their first exposure to the teams in terms of being in front of them for the first time. If you don't do well at the Combine from a measurement and testing standpoint, then you have the Pro Day to fall back on. We saw a lot of juniors bypass the Combine and say they'll do everything at the Pro Day.
If, in fact, you can get everything done before the Draft commences, you're probably OK. When you can not get everything done, I think it definitely hurts you to a degree.
AL.com: Draft projections are all over the board for Jeoffrey Pagan. Why do you think that is?
Savage: When the scouts come through during the fall, they have their list of seniors. There will be two or three juniors that are kind of obvious that, 'Hey, there's a chance Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is going to come out.' Or, say last year, 'Hey, there's a chance C.J. Mosley'sgoing to come out.' They'll eyeball those players. They may not thoroughly write up the player but they'll take good notes on a junior. They won't necessarily discuss them unless the coaches bring them up. A guy like Jeoffrey Pagan, he's probably a junior that had been a little bit under the radar. When they came through during the fall, they really weren't watching him because they didn't anticipate him coming out. The teams are playing catch up right now. Honestly, I think there are probably some teams that evaluated him and said, 'Hey, this guy's probably a third-round pick' and there's other teams that maybe looked at him and said, 'Hey, he doesn't really fit what we're doing. I'd put him in the seventh round.' I think that's why there's been quite a bit of variety in terms of where he really fits in this draft. A) Because enough teams have not finished a full evaluation and B) he now wasn't able to perform in this Combine.
I don't know what his injury is. Depending on the significance of that, is he going to be able to do anything by Pro Day? It's kind of a blind evaluation if he's not able to participate. With the Draft being in May, maybe that helps him out a bit.
AL.com: Was this maybe a good year for Vinnie Sunseri to go pro because of the lack of draftable safeties in this year's class?
Savage: I think you've got a couple of top-flight safeties with Ha Ha and Pryor. Jimmie Ward seemed to generate some buzz. Deone Bucannon from Washington State, maybe even Terrence Brooks from Florida State. Those are all second- and third-round kind of guys. I think the rest are really fourth-round and beyond consideration. For the most part, unless you're just a superstar safety, it's become a little bit of a more third round or later type of position.
The big news for Vinnie is the fact that he can play special teams and be successful in that regard. If he can get back to full strength, I think he'll have a shot to be drafted. If he gets drafted, obviously, he'll be with a team and can cover some kicks and ultimately be a backup early in his career and see where he goes from there. He's somewhat similar to Cody Grimm, who came out of Virginia Tech a number of years ago. He was the son of Russ Grimm. Same sort of intangibles, a lot of positive qualities. Maybe a little undersized, we don't know what he's going to run. Special-teams type of player who can find a role in the NFL.
AL.com: Which Alabama guys will we be talking about at this time next year?
Savage: Trey DePriest will be a senior next year. He's a box linebacker. I think a lot of this is going to depend on what kind of year he has next year, but he's certainly a draftable player. Bama's got quite a number of underclassmen players that would seem to project to the league at some point. Amari Cooper, T.J. Yeldon, Landon Collins. Christion Jones went back to school this year. He's got a place in the league as a return man and slot receiver. O.J. Howard has a bright future if he stays healthy and continues to develop. Brian Vogler's got a shot at some point in the future. As far as the super elite players, to me, Collins, Howard, Cooper and Yeldon, those are probably your leading candidates for the future.
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Kouandjio, who was a consensus All-American in his junior season with the Crimson Tide, labored through drills and reportedly had concerns raised about his surgically repaired knee. He was not included in Rob Rang's latest first-round mock on NFLDraftScout.com and was bumped down to the second round in SI.com's.
Kouandjio fell but remained in the first round of Dane Brugler's on NFLDraftScout.com. Brugler projects Kouandjio to land with the Carolina Panthers at No. 28.
Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and linebacker C.J. Mosley remain first-round fixtures.
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Friday, February 7, 2014
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Thursday, February 6, 2014
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
The most wanted prospect in Alabama chose Alabama over Auburnduring a tension-filled signing ceremony Wednesday morning at Auburn High.Evans recorded 77 tackles, including an eye-popping 43 for losses. He also had 17 1/2 sacks and five pass breakups for Auburn High.
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Georgia Military College star Ty Flournoy-Smith committed to Alabama on Monday according to a report from 247Sports, giving the Crimson Tide 26 commitments for their 2014 recruiting class heading into National Signing Day.
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Sunday, February 2, 2014
Eddie Lacy collected the Associated Press' Offensive Rookie of the Year award Saturday at the NFL Honors awards show in New York City.
Lacy rushed for a Packers rookie record 1,178 rushing yards in a season that ended with a Wild Card loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He gained 100 yards four times and scored at least one touchdown in each of his final four regular season games.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Crimson Tide has landed a verbal commitment form the nation's top cornerback . Hoover star Marlon Humphrey committed to Alabama via Twitter on Wednesday
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The 247Sports rankings award the Alabama offensive line group for both its high number of commitments (six players) and the high rankings for each player in the group. Alabama's offensive line class includes the nation's No. 1 high school offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, No. 1 junior college tackle Dominick Jackson, and both the No. 1 and 2 ranked centers, JC Hassenauer and Josh Casher.
The group also includes the nation's No. 6 offensive tackle in Iowa star Ross Pierschbacherand the No. 23 offensive guard Montel McBride from Plant City, Florida.
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