NYJD Staff Writer: Matthew Deem
Scouting Alabama can be a bit overwhelming with all the NFL Draft prospects on the field. We focused on a couple players on each side of the ball – each with 1st round ability.
Trent Richardson Junior RB Alabama
Trent was the star of the show against Ole Miss; with 17 rushes for 183 yards and 4TDs. His touchdowns were 8yds, 7yds, and 8 yds, before his amazing 76 yard run that many suggest will be his “Heisman Moment”. On the 76 yard run he eluded defenders 5 yards deep in the backfield with a quick juke, and then he outran the entire defense – but not before putting an unbelievable move on a poor defender near the sideline. That run shows why he is no doubt a top 15 pick in this year’s draft.
Courtney Upshaw Senior OLB Alabama
Courtney showed his speed rush ability in the 3rd quarter where he got around Ole Miss’s RT for a sack and a forced fumble which was recovered by Alabama. Just 2 minutes later, after a quick score by Alabama, Upshaw came from the left side this time to record another sack on QB Mackey.
Upshaw has the speed and strength to become a big time OLB in the NFL, I project him to be selected in the top 15 picks in this year’s first round.
Mark Barron Senior Safety Alabama
Mark had another great day in the secondary, allowing no passing touchdowns all day. Mark was really good up in the box Saturday, with two tackles for loss and a QB hit as well. Mark ended the day with 5 solo tackles, showing everyone he has the speed to cover deep, but the willingness to stick his nose in the box and stop the run. He also has the quickness needed for safety blitzes off the edge.
Mark has all the experience and talent needed to come into the NFL next year and make and immediate impact. I project Mark to be selected in the 15-25 range in the first round this year.
Chance Warmack Junior OG Alabama
Watching Chance, he really showed up as a promising prospect. He had a great game against Ole Miss allowing no quarterback pressures, no penalties, no sacks, and 5 pancake blocks. At 6’3″ and 320 lbs he is a monster lineman for Alabama – he definitely has the potential to be a starting guard in the NFL.
I expect Warmack to stay for his senior season, but to be a first or second round selection in the 2013 NFL draft.