TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama held its annual pro day Wednesday with 12 draft-eligible Crimson Tide players participating and all 32 NFL teams in attendance.
Draft-eligible Crimson Tide athletes that participated were: John Michael Boswell, Josh Chapman, Nick Gentry, Darius Hanks, Jerrell Harris, Phelon Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Alfred McCullough, DeQuan Menzie, Brad Smelley, William Vlachos and Alex Watkins.
Pittsburgh Steelers' general manager Kevin Colbert and Tennessee Titans' GM Ruston Webster were just a couple of the marquee names in attendance from across the National Football League.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban was impressed with the turnout of NFL scouts and proud of the way his Alabama players have developed on and off the field during their time at the Capstone.
"The three things that we do for our players here is help them develop personally, let them have more success in their life and be involved in the program and make good choices and decisions," Saban said. "We want them to develop a career off the field by graduating from school, which we have had pretty good success.
"We also want to help them develop a career as a football player, which means have a great career here, win a championship and see if you can play at the next level. So we are always pleased that we have guys getting drafted and getting opportunities to have a career at the next level. Obviously, if you are a first-round draft pick, that is going to enhance your chances of doing it."
Players started the day in the weight room where their weight, height, standing broad jump, vertical jump and bench press were checked. After finishing in the weight room they moved to the indoor football facility where they completed the 40-yard dash, agility testing and position-specific drills.
Carver alum DeQuan Menzie improved on his 40-yard dash (4.66), running a tenth of a second faster than he did at the NFL Combine. Menzie is projected as a second-round pick.