It’s Senior Bowl week down in Mobile, Al. as some of the country’s best talent line up in front of NFL coaches and scouts to help their respective draft prospects.
Nick Saban and Alabama will have a total of six former players going head-to-head throughout the week.
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Each of Alabama’s prospects has a lot to prove if they want to see their NFL draft stash grow because there are no “superstars” in the group.
This will be the last we see of these six former Tide players sporting the famous crimson helmets before they hopefully make the move to the NFL.
Let’s take a quick look at the six former Alabama players competing at this year’s Reese’s Senior Bowl.
Cameron Latu | TE
Cameron Latu has a chance to make some positive progress on his NFL draft roster this week. Latu has shown he’s a quality NFL tight end, and with a strong week in front of coaches and scouts, Latu could quickly move up some boards.
Tyler Steen | OIL
Tyler Steen is one of the more interesting prospects from Alabama. He’s played tackle throughout his college career, but it’s possible the NFL sees him more as a guard. This is a big week for Steen to prove he can do both.
Emil Ekiyor Jr | IOL
Emil Ekiyor Jr. is a guy who doesn’t flash or will “impress” you with his size and athleticism, but he just gets the job done. At this point, Emil is just what he is, and most scouts have him as one of the top guards in the draft class. I expect him to secure that position this week.
DJ Dale | DL
DJ Dale had a meteoric career in Alabama. He’s shown potential as an interior pass rusher, but he really cut his teeth as a run stuffer. Dale could use this week to prove to coaches and scouts that he’s a little quicker than they think.
Byron Young | DL
Byron Young ended his collegiate career with a strong finish. In his last four games, Young has had three sacks and a forced fumble from his inside defensive line position. Young has proven disruptive throughout his career and is likely to catch the eye of several coaches and scouts this week in Mobile.
DeMarcco Hellams | DB
No one from Alabama has more to prove this week than defense attorney DeMarcco Hellams. Throughout his career, Hellams has proven he can play in the penalty area and be a physical tackler, but unfortunately for Hellams he’s also proven that he can be a bit of a drag from behind. Hellams needs a big week in Mobile to cement his draft position in April.
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