Alabama Pro Day Set
According to Chase Goodbread of NFL Media on Twitter, the Alabama Crimson Tide Pro Day will be held March 23 in Tuscaloosa.
Alabama is sending 12 players to the NFL this year:
- Quarterback Mac Jones
- Running Back Najee Harris
- Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith
- Wide Receiver Jaylen Waddle
- Tight End Miller Forrestall
- Left Tackle Alex Leatherwood
- Left Guard Deonte Brown
- Center Landon Dickerson
- Defensive Tackle Christian Barmore
- Linebacker Dylan Moses
- Cornerback Patrick Surtain II
- Long Snapper Thomas Fletcher
Linebacker Ben Davis, linebacker / fullback Joshua McMillon, tight end Carl Tucker and punter Charlie Scott are all graduated and moving on from Alabama, but where their futures in the NFL lay are very much up in the air. Whether or not these three players will participate in the pro day is not known.
As for the 12 who are destined for the next level, the status of injuries could determine who will participate in late March. Jones suffered an ankle injury on the last day of Senior Bowl practice which ultimately kept him out of the game. Still, with nearly two months until pro day, he should be good to go.
Regardless, Jones can't do much to hurt his stock. In the minds of many draft analysts and scouts, Jones is a first-rounder. His Senior Bowl practices were well received and his draft stock is widely considered to have been one of the biggest benefactors from the showcase in Mobile.
As for the Heisman Trophy winner, little has been disclosed about the hand injury Smith suffered in the National Championship Game against Ohio State. He did have surgery on the finger, and even told Pro Football Talk he blames himself for the injury, but as for a timetable for him to start catching passes again, not much has been said.
The one thing scouts will hopefully get to see from the "Slim Reaper" is his official measurables. Smith chose not to step on the scales at the Senior Bowl. The reason was most likely to protect his draft stock as potentially the top receiver taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. It's expected that at the very least, Smith will tackle the scales and tape measure.
Ankle injuries could also hamper the activity of both Jaylen Waddle and Najee Harris. NFL teams would no doubt like to see if Waddle is close to 100% after fighting through his dislocated ankle in the National Championship Game. As for Harris, his 40-yard dash time could be the difference in being a first round pick. His name is often seen as the number one back in the class, but those that have him behind Travis Etienne do so because of Harris's long-distance speed.
As for the eight other Crimson Tide expected to participate in the pro day, all systems should be a go on March 23.
The Crimson Tide has seen as many as six players mocked to the first round by top NFL Draft experts. Without an official NFL Combine, March 23 will be a day for these Crimson Tide prospects to see those predictions come true.
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