NFL COACHES, STAFF GATHER FOR UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA PRO DAY

The University of Alabama hosted its annual Pro Day Wednesday afternoon with 18 draft-eligible Crimson Tide athletes participating in front of attendees from all 32 NFL teams.

There were numerous general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches and scouts in attendance at today’s event. The list was highlighted by New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley, Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson and Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. The day began at 11 a.m. with heights, weights and measurements in the weight room. The players then followed with vertical and broad jumps, along with bench press. The Crimson Tide athletes then moved to the Hank Crisp Indoor Facility to test in the 40-yard dash, agility drills and position-specific drills for each respective player.

Cornerback Bradley Sylve didn’t take part in Pro Day Wednesday. Sylve, No. 3, suffered a torn Achilles tendon Tuesday while reportedly warming up before a workout. Sylve, who also ran track at Alabama, was expected to test out well at the Pro Day today. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds last spring.

When Nick Saban took the head coaching job at Alabama in 2007, the program was almost devoid of NFL talent. In fact following his first season in Tuscaloosa, UA didn’t have a single player drafted by the NFL in the 2008 draft. UA’s pro day is a must see for NFL teams and Alabama is once again expected to be among the nation’s leaders in players drafted.

“We have a great turnout here today to, you know, take a look at some of our players,” Saban said. “This is a goal that a lot of our players have that they would like to have the opportunity to play at the next level someday. I know they’ve worked hard, they’ve done a good job for us, and we certainly want to do the best job we can to help them and fulfill some of those goals and aspirations after they did a fantastic job here at Alabama.”

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