The Crimson Tide welcomed all 32 NFL organizations to campus Tuesday
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama football program hosted the first of two Pro Days on Tuesday inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility, with 10 draft-eligible Crimson Tide athletes showcasing their talents in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams.
Draft-eligible players that participated in the day’s events included: Christian Barmore, Deonte Brown, Alex Leatherwood, Thomas Fletcher, Miller Forristall, Mac Jones, Joshua McMillon, Patrick Surtain II, Carl Tucker and Matt Womack. Draft-eligible players that did not participate in on-field drills but were in attendance for the height and weight check-in included, Landon Dickerson, Najee Harris, Dylan Moses, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. Players will have another chance to take the field inside the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility Tuesday, March 30, for a second Pro Day.
The day started at 10:30 a.m. CT with the athletes testing bench press and vertical jump. They then moved to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility to test in the broad jump, 40-yard dash, agility drills and position-specific drills for each respective player. The SEC Network and NFL Network both broadcast the Crimson Tide’s three-hour Pro Day.
There were also numerous general managers and head coaches in attendance at today’s event. The list was highlighted by head coaches Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh), Mike Vrabel (Tennessee) and Arthur Smith (Atlanta). NFL front offices were also well represented with nine general managers in attendance, including Trent Baalke (Jacksonville), Brandon Beane (Buffalo), Kevin Colbert (Pittsburgh), Terry Fontenot (Atlanta), Brian Gutekunst (Green Bay), Martin Mayhew (Washington), Jon Robinson (Tennessee), Rick Spielman (Minnesota) and Duke Torbin (Cincinnati).
The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Cleveland, Ohio. The three-day event will broadcast on NFL Network, ABC, and ESPN.
Following the conclusion of Pro Day, Head Coach Nick Saban met with media to discuss the day’s events.
Alabama Pro Day Quotes
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban
On what it means to see these guys compete at the next level:
“Well we are really excited for them. This is what these guys aspire to do. It is what their vision is, their goal, it’s something they want to accomplish. Most of these guys have graduated too, so we are very proud of that. It is really special to win a championship, to get everybody to buy in, to do things the way you need to do them to play at a high level on a consist basis. These guys did that, and they provided great leadership for our team. I can’t be more excited for them, their future and the opportunities that they have. I just hope it works out well for each and every one of them.”
On what NFL teams will like about Mac Jones:
“I think you are going to fall in love with a guy that is really a hard worker. He is a good leader. The guy is very committed to being the best player that he can be. He is smart, he is going to know the offense inside and out. He makes quick decisions. He’s got great judgement and he is very accurate with the ball. I think a combination of those things is going to make him a fine player at the next level.”
Saban on what NFL teams are getting in DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle
“I think those two guys are special. First of all, they have special talent. These guys are really fast, they can get in and out of a break. They are very competitive and tough. I can’t say enough about them as football players. These guys also have great competitive character, they are going to do the right thing, they are going to represent the organization in the right way, they are going to work hard every day, set a good example for their teammates and they will be very productive. I think they will do it in a class way, and I think every organization would benefit in a positive way from either one of these guys.”
On what makes Patrick Surtain II different from other great defensive backs
“Pat’s got great physically ability, he’s got great length, but he is smart and very, very instinctive. He always plays faster in a game. Because he is smart, he does a great job of preparing. We do this thing where each player has an assignment in terms of the scouting report. He gives a better scouting report than what I would give for what his part of it is. I think that is really important when you are a pro player because preparation is really important because you know you are always going to play against a great player. Pat is going to have a great career.”