There’s no doubting Alabama football is known for their defense. Last season – the Tide had four defensive guys drafted. This season – seven will be in action this weekend in Indy for the NFL combine.
Let’s start with Bama’s best bet at a first round pick. Inside linebacker – C-J Mosley. The decorated athlete posted 108 tackles this past season – including five pass breakups and 10 quarterback hurries.
“CJ Mosley can be described as a consistent football player, it doesn’t matter what tape you pop on, you will see the same thing, a player with outstanding instincts, toughness and range, he sees things very quickly, gets a jump to the football, and he’s a sure tackler in space. Love what he brings to the table, love the energy he provide for this crimson tide defense – he’s a day on starter, he has the potential to be a pro-bowl inside linebacker,” says NFL analysts.
“With CJ Mosley, nothing to be fearful of here because if he does elect to workout, he’s going to knock a lot of the test out of the park, in terms of his speed in the 40, vertical jump, broad jump, he’s going to test extremely well,” said Senior Bowl Executive Director, Phil Savage.
Also projected to do well is Bama safety Ha-Ha Clinton Dix.
The standout finished the season with 52 tackles and 2 interceptions – this guy is a force to be reckoned with on the playing field.
“A safety with the versatility to play high or to drop down in the box – can be a physical run defender – also very athletic to float in the back – and picked off seven passes over the last two season for Alabama a very, very intriguing player that’s going to come in and put up big interception numbers at the next level,” said NFL analysts.
Now – Alabama will have quite a few others try and make a professional roster.
Cornerback Deion Blue – who posted 20 tackles and an interception this season – also missed part of the season due to a turf toe injury.
Linebacker Adrian Hubbard – a strong guy who comes off the edge well – Hubbard had 33 tackles on the year.
Defensive End Jeoffery Pagan – a thick built defender – had 34 tackles for the tide.
Fellow defensive end, Ed Stintson – tons of strength and power – he put up 42 tackles this past season.
And finally – Tide safety Vinnie Sunseri – this guy was injured for most of the 2014 – many were surprised by his decision to enter the draft – he had 20 tackles and 2 interceptions in just 7 games played.