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Mark Barron S Alabama #4
Impressive size and strength. Plays a hybrid position for Alabama, lining up all over the field. Used in a variety of roles and has shown the ability to be an incredibly versatile player. Experienced lining up as a free and strong safety, and also lining up closer to the line of scrimmage, essentially acting as an extra linebacker. Has the speed and strength to be effective when blitzing. Hard hitter; has the ability to jar the ball lose. Decent ball skills. Does a great job reading the quarterback and putting himself in position to make a play when in the role of a centerfielder. Height gives him an advantage over most safeties when lined up close to the line of scrimmage, allowing him to see into the backfield; does a great job keeping his eyes on the ball carrier and putting himself in position to make plays.
Inconsistent tackler; overagressive at times, going for the big hit rather than the wrap-up tackle. Speed is adequate, but nothing special; will struggle with some man coverage assignments at the next level. Missed time in 2010 with a torn pectoral muscle. Arrested in 2010 for “hindering prosecution” for his role in a car accident.
Barron is the cream of the crop at safety in this year’s class. When watching Alabama’s defense, Barron’s versatility immediately stands out, as he lines up all over the field. His experience as a leader in Nick Saban’s defense will make him an attractive late 1st or early 2nd-round option for teams looking to fill an immediate hole at strong safety. His lack of elite athleticism puts him a tier below recent top draft picks such as Eric Berry and Earl Thomas, but he still projects as a quality starter with Pro Bowl potential.
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Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama #21
Impressive height. Good overall size and strength. Elite athleticism; has the speed and quickness to stick with any receiver. An aggressive, physical cornerback. Willing to step up and help out against the run. Does a great job keeping his eyes on the quarterback as much as possible and quickly adjusts to help...
Alabama Crimson Tide right tackle D.J. Fluker has stated he will return to Tuscaloosa for his junior year. This isn’t a huge shock since Fluker is a only a redshirt sophomore, however, it does come as a mild surprise. This is a fairly weak class for offensive tackles, and Fluker would have been in the mix in the late 1st round.
Given his size and lack of athleticism, it’s...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker says he will return for his senior season.
Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker says he will return for his senior season. Fluker released a statement through the athletic department Monday in response to Internet rumors about his plans to enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-6, 335-pound redshirt sophomore says he wanted "to go ahead and put all of that to rest and make it clear that my intentions are to stay in school."...
What can Alabama do differently in its rematch with LSU so that the Crimson Tide can win the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans? Here’s something for starters:
Colorado State has called a news conference for Tuesday to introduce its new football coach amid reports that it's Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain.
McElwain would replace Steve Fairchild, who was fired last week by new athletic director Jack Graham after going 16-33 in four seasons with the Rams, including three straight 3-9 finishes.
McElwain, who's preparing...
This is the time of year when once upon a time the greatest interests among Alabama fans were the national championship and bowl game and recruiting. These days an additional topic is that of which underclassmen will leave the Crimson Tide to try the National Football League.
Every year we have to sit through 34 NCAAF Bowl Games before we get to watch the number 35, BCS Championship, on January 9th. I am here to tell you
The Crimson Tide had eight representatives on the 2011 Pro Football Weekly All-America Team.