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The good – and the bad – from Alabama players at the NFL Scouting Combine

Calvin Ridley at NFL Scouting Combine
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Alabama had 14 players at the recently completed NFL Scouting Combine, the most of any school. It’s safe to say that not all 14 came away pleased with their performances.

I used to help track how each player performed compared to the other participants at his position at the combine.

So, which Tide players had the best and worst weekends?

Best workouts

WR Robert Foster: Foster likely caught the attention of a lot of scouts. Foster posted a 4.41 40 and showed good hands in the on-field drills. Foster finished in the top 15 in four of the seven events on the day, not bad for a guy who had just 35 total catches in his career at Alabama.

Foster was smooth when it came to on-field drills, as seen here.

Teams may have questions about his on-field production, but Foster did everything in his control to boost his draft stock.

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DB Tony Brown: Of the five Alabama defensive backs invited to the combine, none took advantage like Brown.

Respected analyst Mike Mayock was impressed, and NFL Network’s Deion Sanders made multiple comments about the day Brown was having. Of the seven measurable events, Brown finished in the top 60th percentile in five of them. The off-field concerns are still there, but depending on how well he interviewed, Brown will make a lot of teams go back and check the tape again to see how they can utilize his abilities.

Worst workouts

CB Anthony Averett: Averett stood out in the 40-yard dash, finishing with the fifth-best time among defensive backs. But outside of that, Averett was less than average in almost every other event. Averett finished in the top half among cornerbacks in only one other event, finishing 13th in the three-cone drill. Mayock described Averett’s day best when he called the performance “tentative.”

WR Calvin Ridley: Of the seven recorded events tracked at the combine, Ridley’s highest finish was tied for sixth in the 40-yard dash. His second-best finish was 10th in the three-cone drill. It was not the day expected of Ridley (pictured above). And then there were the on-field drills. draft analyst Chad Reuter had this to say about Ridley.

Bleacher Report’s Marcus Mosher took some heat but was steadfast in his assessment when it came to Ridley.

Ridley had the worst SPARQ score of the 28 receivers who went through all the events.

There’s still Alabama’s pro day and, obviously, three seasons of video, but when you’re projected as the No. 1 player at a position, you’re expected to perform at a higher level than Ridley did.

(You can follow Justin Nails on Twitter @justinnails)

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