Tuscaloosa (WTVM) - Courtney Upshaw, Trent Richardson and Mark Barron held their Pro Day in front of representatives from all 32 NFL teams. Today's workout gave the three an opportunity to show their skills after injuries sidelined them for Alabama's first Pro Day on March 7.
A Eufaula native, Upshaw's 40-yard dash was clocked between 4.73-4.76 with a broad jump of 9 feet, 1 inch.
"I have been working hard trying to improve my hips" Upshaw said. "I wanted to run a good 40, I don't know the forty times but I have been hearing good things. I am kind of disappointed with my weight, I still feel 250 but I wanted to weigh in about 265 or 268 and I tipped the scale at 279 that is the only disappointment for the day. I am trying to give it my best."
Upshaw is projected as a top 20 pick in April's NFL Draft. There has been question on if Upshaw could play defensive end in a pro system after playing linebacker at Alabama.
"Well he weighed 280 pounds today and ran a 4.7-something, so I think he probably could," said head coach Nick Saban. "He played both here. A lot of people say, well you play a 3-4. We only play a 3-4 20 percent of the time; the rest of the time we're in some kind of 4-3 defense and he always played defensive end and did a great job. He's hard to block; he's heavy-handed. He's got good leverage and strength and he's a good pass-rusher. I actually do think he could play in either system."
"I do not know what I will be playing but whatever it is will be ready to go," Upshaw said. "I am just really ready to get the play book and getting started. I miss the football part of it, it feels like this training has gone forever so I am ready to get picked up then get the play book and go."
Richardson ran between 4.45-4.49 in the 40, while completing 25 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. He said he was disappointed with his bench and wished he could have done more.
"I did everything for real," Richardson said. "Everything I worked on and did went pretty well. I kind of stepped out of my 40, but other than that everything went well."
Barron, who said he is between 80-90 percent recovered from his hernia surgery, was timed between 4.53-4.57 in the 40 while posting a vertical of 34.5 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 2 inches.
Other Tide players who worked out for NFL scouts and coaches today included John Michael Boswell, Darius Hanks, Jerrell Harris, Phelon Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Marquis Maze, Alfred McCullough, DeQuan Menzie, Brad Smelley, William Vlachos and Alex Watkins.