Alabama football will be well-represented in Indianapolis
The Senior Bowl is over, and the next stage of the draft process is the NFL Draft Combine. At this event, 324 prospects will come to undergo medical testing, participate in field drills and interview with NFL teams. It is the one chance for prospects to show what they can do in front of every team in person at once. Alabama football will have 11 former players in Indianapolis for the NFL Draft Combine.
The Tide will have six defensive players and five offensive players in Indianapolis. An invite to the Combine is essentially a way of the NFL saying that you have a solid chance of making an NFL roster. Most of these players will be drafted, and the others will be free agents snatched up soon after the NFL Draft.
The list of participants consists of Chris Allen, Jalyn Armour-Davis, Slade Bolden, Christian Harris, Josh Jobe, Phil Mathis, John Metchie, Evan Neal, LaBryan Ray, Brian Robinson and Jameson Williams.
Not all players will fully participate. With athletes like Jobe, Armour-Davis, Metchie and Williams recovering from injuries, they likely can’t participate in on-field drills. However, they can still measure and talk to NFL teams and scouts. They can also give progress reports on their injuries, which will help teams know that they can safely draft them without worrying about lingering injuries.
These players will be looking to add value by showing what they can do on the field. A prime example is Slade Bolden. Bolden was a starter for over a year with Alabama football, but he still is no lock to be drafted. If he succeeds here, he can boost his draft stock and lock a spot in the 2022 NFL Draft.
We’ll have a better idea where these players will go after the NFL Draft Combine, but Alabama football will be well-represented regardless.