Pro Football Day In Tuscaloosa
But it wasn't normal law practice that brought Kittrell to Alabama's indoor football practice facility Wednesday. He was watching potential clients of a different sort.
A couple of years ago Kittrell went back to school, in a manner of speaking, learning the craft of being an agent representing players in the National Football League. "It wasn't easy," Kittrell said. "You have to have a graduate degree, then you have to do a lot of studying and pass a difficult test."
Kittrell is an NFL contract advisor with RK Sports Management, LLC in Mobile, and among his clients are D.J. Hall and Wallace Gilberry, who completed their football eligibility last season. Hall and Gilberry were among 13 men who are eligible for the NFL draft and who worked out for pro scouts in Tuscaloosa Wednesday.
Hall and Gilberry are the top names in the class, but neither felt he was in peak condition for the tests that involved bench press, squat, vertical jump, standing broad jump, 40-yard dash and shuttle run.
Hall showed a twinge of a groin injury that has been bothering him. Kittrell said, "He needs to run a 4.4 and he can do that, but he hasn't been healthy." Hall's time Wednesday was rumored to be in the 4.5 range.
Hall said he had been getting treatment. "It doesn't bother me when I'm just walking around, but when I try to go full throttle..."
Hall and Gilberry began training with Tom Shaw in Orlando following Alabama's 2007 season. They went through workouts at the Senior Bowl together and went to the NFL combine in Indianapolis together.
"I pulled a hamstring at the combine in Indy and haven't gotten over it," Gilberry said. But, he said, "Your body matters, but it is more about the mental with them (the NFL). They want to know about you. They want to know that you pay attention to detail, that you can focus."
Hall said, "You almost forget about the football between the lines because there is so much else going on. It's a long process."
Both Gilberry, who said he has heard "everything from third round to free agent," and Hall are down-playing draft expectations.
Gilberry said he'd prefer to stay in the South, but said it didn't matter. "I just want to hear from one of the 32 teams," he said.
Hall said, "I stay away from that. Everyone wants to make it a money game. I've been playing football for free all my life, so I'm not going to worry about that now."
Former Tide star Justin Smiley, who recently signed with the Miami Dolphins, was among those watching the workout. Gilberry said he had talked to Smiley and would also talk to his good friend JaMarcus Russell, the former LSU quarterback who was a number one draft choice after the 2006 season.
Bama Coach Nick Saban also watched the drills. Following the testing of the ex-Tide players, upcoming Alabama seniors went through the process.
Wide receiver Matt Caddell seemed to have a good day. He reportedly had the best vertical jump, 39.5 inches, and also had an impressive 40-yard dash, reported as in the 4.4 range.
Linebacker Darren Mustin appeared to suffer a hamstring pull while running the 40. Cornerback Simeon Castille also pulled up when running his dash.
Participants in the NFL Pro Day testing at Alabama Wednesday:
Justin Britt, OG, 6-4, 290, Cullman
Keith Brown, WR, 6-3, 204, Pensacola, Fla.
Matt Caddell, WR, 5-11, 189, McAdory
Marcus Carter, S, 6-0, 200, Fort Payne
Simeon Castille, CB, 6-1, 189, Birmingham
Josh Curry, DT, 6-1, 214, Tuscaloosa
Wallace Gilberry, DE, 6-4, 264, Bay Minette
Eric Gray, CB, 6-2, 188, Trinity
D.J. Hall, WR, 6-3, 186, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.
Darren Mustin, ILB, 6-3, 237, Brentwood, Tenn.
Darwin Salaam, WR, 6-3, 187, Madison
Keith Saunders, OLB, 6-3, 248, Willingboro, N.J.
Demarcus Waldrop, LB, 5-11, 200, Pinson
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