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Analyst: Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster compares to Hall of Famer

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Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster has the potential to develop into a player similar to Pro Football Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks, according to NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah.

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Jeremiah revealed that San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch, Brooks’ former teammate with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is trying to build a similar defense through the draft to the one that won a Super Bowl in 2003.

Jeremiah noted that that defense included two Hall of Famers in Brooks and Warren Sapp, as well as a potential Hall of Famer in Lynch himself. He then compared Foster to Brooks, claiming they have similar size, play speed and toughness.

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Foster’s draft stock has been widely debated this offseason. While Foster inarguably is the top prospect at his position in this year’s class, his shoulder injury – as well as his early dismissal from NFL Scouting Combine last month – has some teams concerned.

Last week, ESPN’s Adam Caplan tweeted that a high-ranking executive had Foster as the No. 2 prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft behind only Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett.

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