Alabama Football Hosts Annual Pro Day for NFL Personnel

Alabama hosted its annual Pro Day on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Alabama hosted its annual Pro Day on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. University of Alabama Athletics

The University of Alabama hosted its annual Pro Day on Wednesday, March 8, with 17 draft-eligible Crimson Tide athletes participating in front of 75 scouts representing all 32 NFL teams.

There were also numerous general managers and head coaches in attendance at the event. The list was highlighted by New England Patriots head coach and general manager Bill Belichick, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles and Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert.

“These players have done a fantastic job for us over the three or four years that they’ve been here,” said Alabama head coach Nick Saban. “(Pro Day) benefits them and our program when they do extremely well in times like these so that they get the opportunity to play at the next level and get drafted as high as possible. We’re hopeful that each one of those guys will be able to represent themselves in a way that will allow them to do that.”

Draft-eligible players that participated in the day’s events included: Jonathan Allen, Ryan Anderson, Dakota Ball, Gehrig Dieter, Reuben Foster, Brandon Greene, Adam Griffith, O.J. Howard, Marlon Humphrey, Eddie Jackson, Korren Kirven, Cole Mazza, Brandon Moore, Cam Robinson, ArDarius Stewart, Dalvin Tomlinson and Tim Williams.

O.J. Howard said he was encouraged at the feedback he received from scouts and coaches.

“They were really impressed with the way I improved as a run blocker," Howard said. "They thought it was the right decision to come back to school because it really helped out a lot, and I agree with that. That’s really been most of the talk with how much they respect me blocking in the run game.”

The day began at 11 a.m. CT with heights, weights and measurements in the weight room. The players then followed with vertical and broad jumps, along with bench press for those who chose to participate in the particular tests. The Crimson Tide athletes then moved to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility to test in the 40-yard dash, agility drills and position-specific drills for each respective player.

The 2017 NFL Draft will run from April 27 through April 29 and will take place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Pa.

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