Pro Day March 7: Alabama, Colorado & Colorado State

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The first of two Alabama pro days is the big one on the schedule today, as teams made the trek south to Tuscaloosa. Out in Boulder, a little-known running back is turning heads.

Colorado

I’m told all 32 teams were in attendance at CU pro day, and the main prospect they came to see looked terrific.

Cornerback Isaiah Oliver sat on his 40 time from the combine but participated in the rest of the testing, touching 35.5 inches in the vertical jump, 10-foot-6 in the broad jump, 3.94 in the short shuttle and 6.85 in the three-cone. Several people informed me he looked terrific in position drills.

Running back Phillip Lindsay, who stood out during the Shrine Game, stole the show today. He timed between 4.38 and 4.41 in the 40, depending on whose watch you looked at, touched 35.5 inches in the vertical jump and looked terrific in position drills.

Linebacker Derek McCartney, the grandson of famed CU coach Bill McCartney, weighed in at 240 pounds, touched 32.5 inches in the vertical jump, 10-foot-2 in the broad jump and ran the 40 in the high-4.7s.

Receiver Shay Fields, who entered the season with a sixth-round grade, timed between 4.41 and 4.51 after measuring in at 5105 and 187 pounds, touched 35.5 inches in the vertical jump and 10-foot-3 in the broad jump.

Marshall

There were about 16 teams on hand for the Marshall pro day, including Reggie McKenzie of the Oakland Raiders. Several teams who wanted to see quarterback Chase Litton throw were unable to travel to West Virginia due to the nor’easter barreling down the east coast.

Litton threw a scripted workout of 75 passes, and only three hit the ground. He’s receiving a lot of interest from the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns.

Underrated tight end/H-back Ryan Yurachek performed well.

Yurachek measured 6007 and 240 pounds and timed 4.74 in the 40 with a 1.69 10-yard split, a 4.44 in the short shuttle and a 7.26 in the three-cone. 

Alabama

Marvin Lewis, Mike Vrabel and Mike Tomlin were just some of the head coaches on hand for Alabama's pro day.

Safety Ronnie Harrison, who did not run at the combine due to a hamstring issue, has marked 'Bama’s second pro day on March 28 as the day he will work out for scouts. I was told the 28th is also the date linebacker Rashaan Evans will run the 40, as he did not run at the combine either.

Da'Shawn Hand sat on his combine numbers but looked terrific in drills today. The senior lined up at defensive end in Alabama’s three-man front, but most teams are projecting him as a three-technique tackle. Nick Saban has been singing Hand’s praises to NFL coaches, telling them Hand was willing to put the team over himself the past two years. I’m told the New Orleans Saints are very high on Hand, who will be a top-50 pick in April.

Unheralded defensive lineman Joshua Frazier is gaining momentum after last season -- his first as a starter -- and his combine performance. Frazier is one of the better pure nose tackles in the draft. He sat on most of his combine numbers today but did improve on his broad jump, hitting 8-foot-3. Frazier has met with the Philadelphia Eagles -- who are expected to lose starter Beau Allen in free agency -- the Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans, and he has a workout scheduled with the Tampa Bay Bucs.

Cornerback Tony Brown stood on his pro-day numbers but looked sensational in drills. Brown met with almost 10 teams one-on-one over the past 24 hours, including the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers.

A svelte Bradley Bozeman, one of the few Crimson Tide prospects who was not invited to the combine, tipped the scales at 298 pounds (down from 315) and completed 27 reps on the bench press.

Colorado State

Receiver Michael Gallup timed 4.46 in the 40, an improvement of half a tenth of a second from his combine performance. He also posted a broad jump of 10-foot-8.

Quarterback Nick Stevens threw the ball exceptionally well and will now get late-round consideration. Stevens was not graded by scouts coming into the season but is coming off a career campaign in which he threw for 3,799 yards and 29 TDs, almost double the production from his junior campaign.