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Johnny Manziel leads most controversial prospects in NFL draft -

Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel

Suspect intangibles -- not a leader by example or known to inspire by his words. Carries a sense of entitlement and prima-donna arrogance seeking out the bright lights of Hollywood. Is known to party too much and is drawn to all the trappings of the game. ... Has defied the odds and proven to be a great college-system quarterback, but still must prove he is willing to work to be great, adjust his hard-partying, Hollywood lifestyle and be able to inspire his teammates by more than his playmaking ability.

Alabama OLB Adrian Hubbard

Has a quirky personality, inflated opinion of his ability and carries a sense of entitlement that could be difficult to manage and require a patient positional coach. ... Has starter traits, but has yet to reach the impact level he thinks he makes.

Looks like someone just scrolled through twitter #HotTakes and made some really stupid and unfounded claims in his "report".

Former Alabama LB Adrian Hubbard responds to analyst critique of him as a 'controversial prospect' |

"I can tell anyone I treat everyone with the utmost respect, Hubbard said. "People write what they want to write whether you're playing good or bad. At the end of the day, you've got to know what kind of standard you hold yourself to." Nawrocki has been known for his controversial, biting takedowns of NFL Draft prospects.

Nawrocki has been known for his controversial, biting takedowns of NFL Draft prospects.

So, in other words, Nawrocki is a huge douche canoe who only talks about the negative aspects of a player and ignores the good? Cool story, bro.


Nation's No. 1 running back Damien Harris picks up offer from Alabama |

Harris, a 5-foot-11, 205 pound back from Madison Southern High School, committed to Michigan last year but re-opened his recruitment in January and has received plenty of attention from programs all over the country. Harris told 247Sports recently that Michigan and Ohio State are his current leaders but that he intends to visit Alabama on March 1 for the Crimson Tide's next Junior Day event.

ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks 7 Alabama NFL Draft prospects among top 10 at their positions |

HaHa Clinton-Dix is considered a lock to be drafted in the first round, too, but Kiper Jr. dropped him to No. 2 in his group of safeties. Louisville's Calvin Pryor is the new No. 1. "My guess is there will be split opinions on those two depending on which GM you ask, with some preferring Pryor's instincts and downhill style and others preferring the range Clinton-Dix offers in coverage," Kiper Jr. wrote. "Who goes first could come down to scheme."

Left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio is also pegged as a first-round pick but he ranks fifth at the position. There are worse places to be, of course, as his position is one of the most highly coveted by NFL teams.

Quarterback AJ McCarron is fifth in his group, too, but he's anticipated to be a second-day selection.

Jeoffrey Pagan, another potential second-day selection, is ninth among defensive ends and Adrian Hubbard is 10th at outside linebacker.

Still trying to figure out why in the world Pagan and Vinnie decided to leave for the draft. Hubbard I get but those two needed another year...

::Looks at the DL class Saban just signed::


SEE IT: Alabama basketball fan who doesn't play golf sinks 90-foot putt to win $15G car - NY Daily News

This is the astonishing moment an Alabama basketball fan who doesn't even play golf sunk a 90-foot putt to win a $15,000 car. Patrick Burch, 28, made the staggering score in front of hundreds of fans during the half-time competition at the Auburn-Mississippi State game on Sunday.

This guy may be an Auburn fan but this is daggum impressive...

Former Alabama RB Dee Hart arrested for pot possession, giving false information (updated) |

Hopefully he will learn from this mistake and continue to work toward completing his degree, which he is on track to do by the summer," the UA statement read.

I don't understand what all the hubub was about when news "broke" that Dee wasn't on the team. Maybe I'm crazy but I thought Dee leaving the team was old news.  I've known since early January he was likely to leave/transfer, so why all the "BREAKING NEWS" talk yesterday from the beat writers? Guess my "sources" are better than theirs.

I think what bothered me the most was how those who have no knowledge of Alabama football, outside of what they see on twitter, some who write for SBN, wrote some misinformed posts yesterday. They seemingly failed to mention that Kamara had been suspended twice during the season and that Hart went through two major knee injuries. They didn't mind linking Slice's story about crunching the 85 man roster numbers but couldn't ask for some details regarding why both players would choose to move on. Of course, that would be too hard cause those facts played no part in the players transferring. It had to because Saban is evil.

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