With the cancellation of the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, NFL teams have had few offseason opportunities to evaluate the top prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft. That has made professional day workouts even more important this year as it represents the only opportunity for NFL teams to evaluate prospects based on their raw athletic test numbers and performance on key practice drills.
Alabama’s career day is one of the most important days on the calendar each year. Nick Saban’s program has created countless high-level NFL starters, and the team will once again have the opportunity to produce numerous first-round picks and top picks in the draft. The team could have five or more first-round picks, and guys like Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Patrick Surtain, Christian Barmore, Najee Harris and Landon Dickerson will all hope to establish themselves as Day 1 picks, if they haven’t already. done.
Here’s how you can see the best Crimson Tide players in action and what to look for in Alabama’s 2021 Pro Day:
When is Alabama Pro Soccer Day?
- Date: Tuesday 23 March
- Time: 12 a. M. ET
Alabama Professional Day will be held at noon on Tuesday. At least four possible first-round prospects will be featured, including quarterback Mac Jones. Heisman Trophy winner WR DeVonta Smith said he does not plan to participate in on-field training. Alabama will also have a “professional follow-up day” a week later, on March 30, as is often the case, according to Chase Goodbread from NFL.com.
How to Watch Alabama Professional Day Workouts
NFL Network will provide coverage of Alabama’s professional day and several other notable professional days in the run-up to the 2021 NFL Draft. Your coverage will take place in the form of a “Path to the Draft Pro Day Special”, and Former NFL scouts turned draft analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks will provide an analysis of each prospect’s performance and explain how it impacts their draft actions.
MORE: Full Schedule of NFL Pro Days Before the 2021 Draft
What to see on Alabama career day
Skill position players will attract a lot of attention on Alabama’s pro day, and many eyes will be on Mac Jones. The team’s starting quarterback is coming off a great season in which he completed 77.4 percent of his passes for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions en route to a national championship. A strong performance in the Senior Bowl provided him with inventory and he has been steadily climbing ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Jones is not a great athlete, so he will have to continue to show his best skills: his precision and ability to throw with excellent anticipation. Scouts will also keep a close eye on how he throws the deep ball during this workout. If Jones can throw well and convert his passing attempts and show solid footwork and mechanics, he could continue to climb the draft charts and establish himself as a safe pick in the top 15.
Elsewhere, DeVonta Smith He said he will only step in for NFL scouts and will not participate in drills on the field. The Heisman winner is coming off a 1,865-yard campaign for Alabama and showed off his elite route by running along with great speed. It has already established itself as one of the top 10.
Teammate Jaylen waddle However, it should be a lot of fun for the viewers. He’s a speed demon, so his performance in the 40-yard dash could help him a lot. If Waddle can register something in the 4.3 second range, or better, teams might see it as a Tyreek Hill-type weapon. He already looks like a top 20, but good numbers on speed-based drills could allow Waddle to climb to the top 10 in this year’s draft class.
If you are looking for defensive prospects, CB Patrick Surtain II and DL Christian barmore They are the two big names to watch out for on that side of the ball. Surtain is in the running to be the top corner selected, while Barmore may well be the best inside defensive line prospect in this year’s draft class. Surtain will focus on displaying fluid movement skills during his drills at cornerback, while Barmore will want to show some athleticism to show that his eight-sack campaign last year will be transferable to the NFL.
Mock NFL draft for Alabama players
The latest mock NFL draft from Sporting News projects that five Alabama players will be selected in the first round, according to Vinnie Iyer.
6. Eagles: WR DeVonta Smith
7. Lions: WR Jaylen Waddle
12. 49ers: QB Mac Jones
15. Patriots: CB Patrick Surtain II
17. Raiders: DT Christian Barmore
Read more about each selection here.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.