Mark Barron, SS, Alabama (Scouting Report)
-Playing SS, often lining up in or just outside of the box. Plays further off in 2nd half
-Sniffs out the play, fills a hole and makes a textbook hard tackle.
-Breaks down well in space, makes tackle on #2 in open field.
-Flies up the field to assist in tackle on run play.
-Shows great agility, reads quick pass and moves up, then transitions into backpedal fluidly.
-Fights off down-field block and gets hit on QB.
-Didn’t have much of a chance to show his skills with the poor QB play by LSU. Came up great in run-support and showed improved agility and coverage abilities. He’s a certain Top 50 guy for me.
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama (Scouting Report)
-Plays on punt coverage / punt return as well as CB.
-Looks most comfortable 3-5 yards off WR.
-Locates ball quickly, comes up in run support.
-Comes on corner blitz, but quick pass goes to other side.
-So good at diagnosing the quick pass, comes up and lays shoulder into WR.
-Don’t like him not wrapping up, as Lester had to clean up the play.
-All over Mathieu on punt coverage.
-Not asked to do much, as LSU’s offense wasn’t able to get anything going. Showed his play-anticipation skills and the two sides of his tackling – big ones and missed ones.
DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama
-Plays on kick coverage as well as CB.
-Active, but can’t fight off block from WR.
-Loses inside leverage, gives up 8-yard pass.
-Fights through block and makes strong tackle on swing pass.
-So strong fighting through blocks, makes another strong tackle.
-Again, right there holding the edge on option play. Gets off block and makes another tackle.
-Not enough recovery speed, was beat on post.
-Had an incredible night against the run, but his lack of long speed will be a problem in the NFL. Should be a Top 100 pick for some schemes.
Josh Champan, DT, Alabama (Scouting Report)
-Very stout, not getting moved off of the LOS, even with double teams.
-Cut block slows him down.
-Great pad level in 1st half, stays very low.
-Knocked to the ground by combo block.
-Good hustle for a big man, pursues out to the sideline.
-Snapping a bit upright in the 2nd half at times.
-Clogging the middle very well, double teamed nearly every play.
-A team looking to keep its linebackers clean need look no further. Limited upside, but could be a Casey Hampton-esque player.
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (Scouting Report)
-Splitting time with Lacey.
-Showed pass-protection skills that separate himself from the majority of college RB’s.
-Didn’t have a lot of running room all night, LSU DL was very stout.
-Shows phenomenal body control, makes two separate DB’s miss with one move.
-Fighting for every yard on every play – so strong.
-Incredible acceleration, fantastic vision, jumps out of hole and runs to daylight.
-Patient on screen pass, lets his blocks develop.
-Taking what the defense gives him, not running backwards or dancing in the hole.
-Late picking up blitzer, leads to sack – was occupied with other pressure.
-Smartly stays in-bounds late in game.
-Gets loose, bounces outside and accelerates for a clinching 34-yard TD.
-Still the best RB in college, even playing against a very good LSU defense.
Marquis Maze, WR, Alabama
-Fantastic quickness, takes punt for a big return against phenomenal LSU coverage unit.
-Pulls up lame near end of return, won’t return to the game.
-Didn’t want to leave the field, looks like a true warrior.
-Maze should be able to contribute as a #3 WR and return game in the NFL – really nice burst
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