I'd like to make this an ongoing feature here on our beloved BBV so that we all are acquainted and familiar with all of the draft eligible players by draft day. We can in turn exchange points of view on some of these players that we'd love to have and the player we don't. I figured I'd start out with the powers in the SEC....
#45 Jalston Fowler (rSr.) RB/FB/HB/TE 6-1 248. Torn ACL in game two of 2012. Nice looking runner. Surprising agility for a bigger back. Would do well in one back sets. Get in the way type as a FB. Doesn't move anyone, just occupies space. Very long arms. Good hands as a pass catcher. Won't get many carries because of their amazing depth and won't get many catches either but he carries tremendous value as an all around player. 5th-7th round.
#99 Brandon Ivory (rSr.) NT 6-4 310. Is very strong but functional football strength isn't always evident. Has zero pass rushing ability. Doesn't ever appear to try to pressure the QB. Gets pushed back far too often. Is a two down player. Doesn't have the athleticism to compete against savvy OL. UDFA.
#77 Arie Kouandjio (rSr.) OG/OT 6-5 315. Excellent athlete. Physically looks like a T which he can certainly play. Nick Saban called him Alabama's second best T in fact last year. Really long arms. Technique is very good for the most part. Picks up stunts and blitzes nicely. Rarely gives up ground in the run game and is excellent in pass pro. Usually neutralizes his man one on one. Has LT ability but could turn out to be a top flight RT and/or OG. 2nd-3rd round.
#27 Nick Perry (rSr.) FS 6-1 212. Missed the 2013 season after shoulder surgery. Has played in 26 games with 4 starts. Has primarily been a backup to Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Is strong in the run game but get beaten too often in the pass game. More if a reserve or in the box type, SS than a true FS. May play in their Star position which is like an extra LB. UDFA.
#79 Austin Shepherd (rSr.) RT 6-5 315. 13 game starter in 2013 after serving as backup to D. J. Flucker the previous two years. Nice apprenticeship. Has practiced at G. Excellent technique. Not a mauler in the run game but gets the job done. Nice feet for position. Already good player who's value is enhanced by versatility. Solid player. 3rd-5th.
#6 Blake Sims (rSr.) QB/ATH 6-0 208. Very good athlete. Was recruited as such and practiced at S in the beginning. Was a backup RB but completed the switch to QB in 2012. Backup to A. J. McCarron since so is short on in game experience. 36 career pass attempts. Most likely won't start as a Sr so if he's to make it a position change is in order. UDFA.
#84 Brian Vogler (rSr.) TE 6-7 265. Has started 15 games with 13 coming in 2013. Only 11 career receptions. Decent blocker but not top flight. Will be overshadowed by a deep WR corp as well as So. TE O. J. Howard. 7th-UDFA.
#2 DeAndrew White (rSr.) WR 6-0 190. 4.45 40? Can line up as an X, Y or Z. Versatile. Savvy route runner. Has nice wiggle to him. Nice short to intermediate route runner. Can surprise with long receptions as well. A flare for the dramatic, big play. Best football is ahead of him. 4th-5th round.
#20 Jarrick Williams (rSr.) FS/SS 6-1 215. Looks the part of a physical S. good tackler and strong in the run game. Strictly a reserve type. Pass defense isn't his strong suit. UDFA.
#33 Trey DePriest (Sr.) ILB 6-2 250. Highly productive two year starter. ST prowess was evident as a freshman. Heavy hitter. Strong tackler. One of the best run defenders around. Rarely gets pushed back by OL. Has gone one on one with an OL and pancaked them. Thus far this is all he is, a great run defender. Will stay in on 3rd downs this season but doesn't have that sideline to sideline ability that you'd want. Has assumed the role as team leader but I have my doubts about him being an every down LB. Late 3rd-5th round.
#47 Xzavier Dickson (Sr.) OLB/DE 6-3 268. Has started 6 games in his career. Has spent more time at "Jack" LB with some DE mixed in. Currently the backup at Jack. Very physical. Strong against the run. Average speed and quickness. Hand punch is phenomenal. Lateral agility isn't there. Not a coverage LB. Not much productivity in 2013 makes him a huge question mark. No pass rush moves to speak of. 6th-UDFA.
#22 Christion Jones (Sr.) WR/KR/PR 5-11 187. 4.5 40? Strictly a "Y" or slot receiver. Receiving skills don't jump out at you but he is reliable. Will get you a 1st down. Return skills are excellent. Very good vision and balance. Looks like a RB on returns. 6th-7th round.
#70 Ryan Kelly (rJr.) C 6-5 296. Backed up Barrett Jones prior to 2013. Well coached. Very goog technique and bend for a bigger C. Makes all line calls. 10 career starts but appears much more seasoned. He'd be better served getting stronger so I don't think he declares. If he does though he goes 3rd-5th round.
#57 D. J. Pettway (rJr.) DE/OLB 6-3 265. Arrested and kicked out of Alabama for a year but reinstated in December of 2013. Listed at "Jack" LB but primarily works at DE. Winner of the Jerry Duncan "I Like to Practice" Award. Appears to have a high football IQ. Plays assignment sound. Knows where the ball is at all times. Doesn't fall for fakes. Is extremely strong in the run game. Severe hand punch. His upside as far as sacks is in the area of 7-9 a year. He's the total package but not spectacular. Solid as they come and I see a ready made player. Late 1st- late 2nd.
#3 Bradley Sylve (rJr.) CB 5-11 180. Teams second fastest player. Has played in 20 games with 3 starts a season ago. Is smallish but gets after it in the run game without fear. Is a strong pass defender as well but it'll be an uphill climb for playing time. If he gets some it'll be hard to maintain due to teams CB depth. If he declares, UDFA but I don't think he declares.
#5 Chris Black (rSo.) WR (Y, some Z) 5-11 182. 4.5 40? Back up to Christion Jones a season ago. Has gained valuable experience as an outside receiver this spring. Is a quick, fast and shifty WR. A tough tackle as well. Explosive playmaking ability is evident by the 3 TD's in only 9 career touches. Still a lot of talent and depth so he's at least the #4 WR. Numbers should escalate but not to the point where he declares.
#26 Landon Collins (Jr.) SS/FS 6-0 215. Outstanding ST player. 20 ST tackles in two years. Played the "Money" or 6th DB in dime packages and played well, particularly in run support. Superior tackler and run defender. Has played in 27 games with 9 starts (6 at SS and 3 at FS). Has served an apprenticeship of sorts behind Vinnie Sunseri and HaHa Clinton-Dix. Always seems to be in the right place but does that mean he makes the play when he's there? Doesn't have elite speed or a second gear so if he's beaten it's over. If a speed back or WR has the angle on him he can't recover. A very likable prospect but his speed knocks his stock down a notch. Mid 2nd-3rd.
#9 Amari Cooper (Jr.) WR 6-1 204. 4.31 40? Turf toe hindered him early in the season. Teams fastest player. Very explosive player. Can take a short pass and turn it into a big gain. Elusive in the open field as well as close quarters. Stronger than his size would indicate. Strong off the LOS as well. Exceptional long speed that most DB's can't handle. High points the ball and won't be outdone on jump balls. Suffers the occasional drop but he's a truly special talent. Top 10 pick.
#30 Denzel Duvall (Jr.) OLB 6-2 254. Has played in 27 games with 3 starts at "Jack" LB. in a time share with Xzavier Dickson. 3 sacks last season which was underwhelming. Isn't particularly quick or fast off the snap and doesn't show much pass rush moves. Is a really strong player who's assignment sound and plays the run well. He's an all star run defender but a pedestrian pass rusher. As a rotational player he's not getting the necessary playing time to hone his pass rush skills. 7th- UDFA at this point but I don't think he declares.
#17 Kenyan Drake (Jr.) RB 6-1 202. Explosive! Big play back who can hit the perimeter in a flash. Has ankle breaking moves. Has good hands coming out of the backfield. He's a stronger runner between the T's than given credit for. Is part of the most talented backfield in all of college football so the carries and overall production aren't there. Will be a backup and maybe even third string. Not a knock against him, it's just how talented they are. In his limited touches though he fumbled far too much. He fumbled 1 out of every 30.67 carries. The trust factor will be a huge factor moving forward. Built more like a WR than a bell cow RB. Has all the capabilities of an offensive weapon a la Reggie Bush. Due to his low productivity he's a bit of a mystery but with their incredible depth I don't see him ever getting the lions share of the workload. I see him declaring. 4th-6th.
#5 Cyrus Jones (Jr.) CB 5-10 194. Moved over from WR to CB in 2013. Started 5 games at CB with 11 total games of experience there. Very good athlete and was a fine choice for the conversion. Inexperience showed though thru bad technique at times. He was ofttimes ineffective but has made improvements thru the spring. Should be in the rotation with a lot of talented players with less experience than him. Shouldn't declare because at this point he's an UDFA.
#25 Dillon Lee (Jr.) OLB/ILB 6-4 243. With the wealth of talent this talented LB hasn't been able to get consistent work. Big, strong and athletic, he plays fast but a bit reckless. Has to play more disciplined to garner a starting role. Is a ST beast who'll take a head off. Spring DUI is a bit of an issue. Need to see more from this big time talent and I don't think we'll see enough this year for him to declare.
#19 Reggie Ragland (Jr.) ILB/OLB 6-2 257. Ultra athletic. Has cross trained between Will LB (C. J. Mosley's old spot) where he's allowed to freelance sideline to sideline and some OLB to use his speed to get to the QB. Well rounded and assignment sound. Has played in 24 total games with no starts. Is a terror on ST. 11 tackles in kickoff coverage led the team. Quick twitched with a smooth backpedal in coverage. Is the total package in all facets of the LB position and can play each position in either a 3-4 or 4-3. Top 15 pick.
#24 Geno Smith (Jr.) NB/FS 6-0 197. Likely starter at FS. Very quick and athletic but on the smaller side. Transitioned from CB freshman year to the Star position but was a backup. Has 2 starts at CB but no real work at FS. I don't see a player who declares because he's inexperienced and needs to add bulk.
#4 T. J. Yeldon (Jr.) RB 6-2 221. 4.45 40? Complete RB. Ideal size, quickness, speed and power. For the most part even after contact he falls forward. Natural hands catcher. Has the vision and patience you desire. Has a tendency though to run upright, exposing all of his 6-2 frame. This could lead to injury and fumbles which is a knock on him but I'm not overly concerned about that. He had 5 fumbles in 207 carries or 1 every 51.75 carries. For comparison Tre Mason fumbled 1 time every 79.25 carries which is excellent. One fumble came when his OL knocked the ball out, there's no protecting the ball against that. Another fumble occurred where at the goal line two defenders and eventually a third defender converged on him immediately. There also was concern and justifiably so about him in short yardage situations. Goal line plays and 3rd & short plays where he didn't get the job done. He was better at it in 2012 than in 2013 and whatever issues cropped up need to be fixed moving forward. 1st round pick.
Non draft eligible players of note:
#27 Derrick Henry (So.) RB 6-3 241. Brandon Jacobs v2.0? Extraordinary talent who should get #2 type carries behind (besides) T. J. Yeldon.
#88 O. J. Howard TE 6-6 240. In the freakish breed category. Numbers may increase and the athleticism should explode.