NFL clubs have wasted no time in scheduling three of Alabama’s top draft prospects — CB Marlon Humphrey, TE O.J. Howard and OT Cam Robinson — for visits to their facilities.
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Humphrey will visit the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday, he said at Alabama’s pro day workout Wednesday, while Howard confirmed visits to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans, and Robinson is set to visit the Jacksonville Jaguars jersey. Howard and Robinson were unsure of the dates for their China jerseys and visits.
While Alabama’s top prospects are busy filling their calendars, they weren’t especially busy at pro day.
DE Jonathan Allen skipped all but position drills, and LB Reuben Foster didn’t participate at all, due to shoulder surgery. In fact, LB Ryan Anderson was the only top prospect for the Crimson Tide to run a 40-yard dash. Just three days after being clocked at 4.78 at the NFL Scouting Combine, Anderson ran unofficial times, according to an NFC scout, of 4.77 and 4.81 Wednesday. Howard never had any intention of participating much on pro day because of its close proximity to the combine.
“My mindset with this was, with pro day and the combine so close, that I wanted to attack everything at the combine and get it out of the way,” Howard said.
A few other notes from Alabama’s pro day:
Alabama coach Nick Saban defended the character of Foster regarding an incident at the combine that resulted in Foster leaving Indianapolis early. Foster met with 20 club representatives on Tuesday night to explain a heated argument between he and a hospital worker. Robinson spoke on Foster’s behalf, as well.
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“He’s one of the most natural motivators I’ve ever been around,” Robinson said. “I don’t want to speak too much because I don’t know exactly what happened, but Reuben is a great guy and a natural leader. He makes you want to play better if you’re around his cheap jerseys from China.”
But, Denver’s path back to the Super Bowl was not necessarily by coincidence. On Friday in an interview with ESPN Seattle’s “Danny, Dave and Moore,” Broncos general manager John Elway shared the inspiration behind his team’s dominant defense.
“It was at that point in time I think that we watched the model that the Seahawks and John (Schneider) and coach (Pete) Carroll had put together of being great on defense,” Elway said. “I think what we were able to do is we added some key components that offseason via free agency and plus my first five years that I was here we worked on the defense.
“It all came together at the right time. Having seen the focus that on the defensive side, no matter what, if you had a great defense you’re going to be able to stay in football games.”
It’s important to note it wasn’t solely the loss that brought upon change. Elway mentioned the Broncos had been fixed on acquiring key defensive pieces through free agency and the draft since his arrival. After he was selected second overall in the 2011 draft, Von Miller’s presence has paid dividends. In six seasons, he’s accumulated 73.5 sacks and was influential in the team’s Super Bowl win.
The move comes after McCloughan was absent from Redskins Park this week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. Tony Wyllie, the Redskins’ senior vice president of communications, “we’re busy with free agency,” when asked Tuesday about McCloughan’s whereabouts.
McCloughan’s absence comes after he didn’t attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis because of a death in his family, Allen said. There also were multiple reports about dysfunction in the team’s front office.
“He is not in the building today for free agency at all,” Rapoport reported on Tuesday’s edition of Free Agency Frenzy. “When agents are taking calls from Redskins, and there have been some, it is from Eric Schaffer (vice president of football administration).”
Rapoport said McCloughan was running draft meetings for the team last week, according to sources. He added that Redskins personnel were surprised to learn McCloughan was not in Indianapolis for the combine after they arrived.
McCloughan, 46, helped steer the Redskins back to the playoffs for only the second time in eight seasons in 2015 after he was hired as the team’s general manager. The Redskins have gone 17-14-1 under McCloughan’s guidance of the roster.
Prior to landing in Washington, McCloughan served front-office executive stints with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. He served as the 49ers’ general manager with wholesale Chinese jerseys during the 2008-09 seasons.
The move comes at one of the busiest times of the year for NFL general managers and front offices as they focus on free agency and the draft. Like many teams, the Redskins are expected to be active in free agency. Before Thursday, they had roughly $34 million in room to work with under the $167 million salary cap.