In just three days the NFL Combine kicks off in Indianapolis, IN. More than 300 of the best in the college game will try to better their draft stock before early may. A dozen from Alabama and a handful from Auburn will suit up.
Going to the next level is no easy task.
One of the best in Bama history isn’t even projected as the first quarterback to be selected – in fact, he isn’t projected to be second … or third … or fourth.
AJ MCarron is expected to be the fifth signal caller to hear his name called in early May – and right now, it’s still up in the air if he’ll throw the pigskin come this weekend at the combine.
“I think the big thing is that teams recognize that you’re throwing to receivers that you’ve never worked with before. They want to see the ball come off their hand, the rotation, velocity, and some accuracy too – but in terms of not throwing, we’ve seen quarterback’s go both ways and I think for a quarterback, as long as he does all of the other testing and measurables and doesn’t throw, I don’t think it really hurts him that much because I think ultimately if a team is really interested in a quarterback, they’re going to his team’s pro-day anyway, said Senior Bowl Executive Director, Phil Savage”
Bama’s offensive players in the combine don’t stop with McCarron. One of his partner’s in success, wide receiver Kevin Norwood will also take a shot at going pro.
“This is going to be a big weekend for him because if he can run at least a decent time, I think that, that will sell people on the fact that hey, this is a guy that plays football better than he tests but he seems to make every grab, especially when the football is being contested by defensive backs, so this is an important weekend for him in terms of how he measures up and stacks up against other receivers from around the country,” said Savage.
All-SEC and All-American, Offensive tackle Cryus Kouandijo is favored to do well in this year’s draft.
“Coming into the season he was already getting quite a bit of fan fare as being a high first-round draft pick, now I think he’s lost some of that momentum during the season. He could get a lot of it back if he elects to workout and does a good job and posts solid numbers for the left tackle position,” said Savage.