A dozen former Alabama football players went through their paces for pro scouts in the Crimson Tide’s indoor practice facility Wednesday, part of the process of making a case for the upcoming NFL draft.
Some players took part in only some of the drills. For instance, defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Dalvin Tomlinson did the defensive line drills, but didn’t run a 40-yard dash for time.
Some were not seen participating at all, including offensive tackle Cam Robinson and linebacker Tim Williams, but it is possible they did some of the behind-closed-doors events, such as bench press and vertical jump.
Linebacker Reuben Foster has been rehabilitating a shoulder and was not seen participating.
Official times in the 40 were not announced, but there were unofficial reports that linebacker Ryan Anderson had run a 4.72 and wide receiver Gehrig Dieter a 4.61.
Offensive lineman Korren Kirven ran a 40, but pulled up with an apparent leg injury at the end of his run.
Those former players seen participating in at least some activity were defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, linebacker Ryan Anderson, defensive lineman Dakota Ball, wide receiver Gehrig Dieter, offensive lineman-tight end Brandon Greene, tight end O.J. Howard, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, offensive lineman Korren Kirven, snapper Cole Mazza, offensive lineman Brandon Moore, wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, and defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson.
Because no Alabama quarterback is draft eligible (and thus eligible to participate in Pro Day), Dieter, Stewart, Howard, and Green caught passes from Dieter’s quarterback at Bowling Green, Matt Johnson. Dieter was a graduate transfer from Bowling Green.
Historically, all NFL teams have been represented at the Alabama Pro Day, although this year there was an expected lack of general managers because the NFL is involved in free agency acquisitions. Head coaches on hand were Bill Belichick of New England, Pete Carroll of Seattle, and Todd Bowles of the New York Jets.
Former Alabama star John Mitchell, now defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, attended.
Two former Alabama players were on hand as broadcast media commentators, former quarterback Greg McElroy and former center Barrett Jones.
Also watching was former Auburn walk-on Kevin Greene, who went on to be only the second Auburn alumnus inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he went in with former Alabama great Ken Stabler. Greene is now an assistant coach for the New York Jets.
Spectators also included a large number of current Alabama players who will begin spring practice on March 21.
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