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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's a day many former University of Alabama football players have had circled on their calendars for months: pro day.
Only a select few are first-round locks for the NFL draft, so for most college athletes, the chance to turn the heads of professional scouts occurs on campus in March. For these five former players, Alabama's pro day will be a proving ground that could land them on an NFL roster:
Dre Kirkpatrick could make a big leap in the draft with a better 40-yard dash time. He ran a 4.51 40 at the NFL combine and shedding a few tenths of a second might be the cherry on top that some NFL scouts are looking for. He already has the size and the game tape to back up a mid first-round grade. All that's missing is the top-tier speed teams drool over.
The same goes for Marquis Maze. He has struggled to overcome the hamstring injury sustained during the BCS National Championship Game. At the Senior Bowl, he was incapable of performing and with that in mind, it's hard to believe the 4.47 40-yard dash time he turned in at the NFL combine is the best he can do. If he can improve upon his 40 and show a little bit better physique, it could go a long way. He can't change that he's 5-foot-8, but he can improve his strength and show his talent was not limited to the SEC.
William Vlachos didn't get an invite to the NFL combine, so look for him to come out with an attitude of something to prove. Vlachos was a rock on the Alabama line, but he will battle height concerns from scouts. At just 6-foot, he'll have to put up solid numbers in the bench press to show the strength to play at the next level, as well as acing one-on-one interviews with scouts to reassure the intelligence needed from centers.
DeQuan Menzie has some work to do to prove he's more than just a good cornerback from a great defense. His 4.71 40-yard dash time at the combine isn't going to wow anyone. The knock on him is a lack of natural athleticism. If he can show good skills in individual drills like the shuttle and improve his 40 time, he'll see his stock rise.
Josh Chapman looks the part. He even played it Alabama.Now, scouts want to know if he can fill out the role at the next level. Chapman has the size and experience in a 3-4 scheme to pique the interest of many teams, but he hasn't shown the measurables yet. If he can recover from postseason knee surgery in time for pro day, he could show those numbers scouts want to see before pulling the trigger.
Others to watch include former Tide defensive back Robby Green, wide receiver Darius Hanks and linebackers Jerrell Harris and Dont'a Hightower. Former UA linebacker Courtney Upshaw will not attend Wednesday's pro day and will hold and individual workout on March 29. Trent Richardson and Mark Barron are not expected to attend either. They will hold an on-campus workout on March 29 as well.