September 1, 2014

Quick Hits on Bama Prospects

If you saw Alabama’s defense at all in the BCS Title Game, it’s pretty apparent that the team is loaded with talent. Not surprisingly, a number of players are potential first round picks, and perhaps one or two could find themselves with the Bengals. Here a few quick thoughts on a trio of Alabama defenders courtesy of ESPN’s Kevin Weidl. The entire article is available here.

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, (Scouts Inc. #8 overall):  ”Great size (6-2, 190) and length and shows great awareness in zone coverage.”

Mark Barron, S, (Scouts Inc. #14):  ”A versatile playmaker who can play point in coverage or drop into the box and knock a ball carrier’s teeth out in run support.”

Courtney Upshaw, OLB, (Scouts Inc. #16):  ”Defensive MVP of the win over LSU with seven tackles and a sack, showing off the blue-collar mentality and nonstop motor that make him a tempo-setter along the front seven.”

Dont’a Hightower, ILB, :  ”His size (6-3½, 260) and power between the tackles are second to none, and his thick base and instincts allow him to control things inside and stone ball carriers at the line of scrimmage.”