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With All Their Star Talent, Alabama Hosts Pro Day


Four of Alabama's prospects have been linked to the Redskins in mock drafts. They, along with others, participated in one of the biggest pro days of the year on Wednesday.

Not only did the University of Alabama win their 16th National Championship in January, it, along with Ohio State, easily has the most talent in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Here's a look at the University of Alabama's 2016 Pro Day that took place in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

While a majority of attention was focused on the first day of free agency on Wednesday, personnel from all 32 NFL teams were on-hand for Alabama's annual pro day in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The following players participated: Jake Coker, Denzel Devall, Kenyan Drake (only recorded measurables), TY Flournoy-Smith, Derrick Henry, Dominick Jackson, Cyrus Jones, Darren Lake, Dillon Lee, Geno Matias-Smith, Richard Mullaney, Michael Nysewander, D.J. Pettway, Reggie Ragland, Jarran Reed, A'Shawn Robinson, Bradley Sylve and Jabriel Washington.

Kelly, Ragland, Reed and Robinson have all been linked to the Redskins, with Reed and Robinson confirming during the NFL Combine that they met with Washington.

Reed, 6-foot-3, 307 pounds, decided not to run the drills he performed at the Combine (5.21-second 40-yard dash, 104-inch broad jump), but did work position drills.

"A couple of dip and lean drills, picking up tennis balls, coming through with the closing drill that we had to do toward the end, the read and redirect drill," Reed told "But everything else we saw at the Combine."

With Terrance Knighton not returning to the Redskins in 2016, Reed could fill the team's nose tackle role, perhaps from the start.

Reed was selected to the All-SEC second-team during his senior season, as he tallied 57 tackles. He also participated in the Senior Bowl along with Ragland.

Ragland, 6-foot-1, 247 pounds, has been called by many as more of a throwback linebacker, capable of playing the run well.

While the unanimous first-team All-American recorded just 13 bench press reps of 225 pounds, it's worth noting that Ragland's been dealing with a shoulder injury, he was "fluid" in linebacker drills led by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

And, of course, there's still his tape that shows that he's a first-round talent.

"It's a great experience," Ragland said of pro day. "Coming out here to live out my dream that I've had ever since I was a kid, I wanted this moment. Being able to talk to all those coaches...I'm just very thankful and blessed to have this opportunity."

Robinson left Alabama after a junior season in which he earned consensus All-American honors with 46 tackles (7.5 for loss) along with 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.

It's unknown where exactly Robinson will go in a draft absolutely loaded with defensive line talent, but Robinson believes he'll ultimately stand out based on his athleticism.

"I have strength and power so I feel like those two combined with the size I have is really great," Robinson said. "I think that sets me apart from everybody else."

Henry, meanwhile, earned the Heisman Trophy during a truly incredible junior season, as the 6-foot-3, 247 pounder rushed for 2,219 yards (5.6 yards per carry) along with 28 touchdowns.

While his ability to carry the ball is well documented, the running back stepped in as a wide receiver for Coker in passing drills, a decision that could ultimately pay off as he had the chance to showcase his hands.

"I just wanted to come out here and catch balls," Henry said. "I was just doing what I've been doing and showing scouts that I can catch, so it was a good day."

Coker participated in the Senior Bowl in January, but did not get an invite to the NFL Combine. Wednesday was a chance to show he should have gotten a spot in Indianapolis, as he worked through a 50-throw session.

In 15 starts during his senior season, his first as a full-time starter, Coker threw for 3,110 yards and 21 touchdowns to eight interceptions while completing nearly 67 percent of his passes.

"I think Jake has a lot of upside," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "Jake only has one year where he played and was really `the man'. I think the reason Jake didn't get invited to the combine wasn't because of Jake; I think it's because there were 97 juniors that came out. …He is going to need to continue to develop. He's got a great arm that can make all the throws. For his size, he's very athletic, and I think people are going to like that."




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