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Alabama defensive prospects at NFL Combine

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Alabama’s fierce trio from its 2015 national championship defensive unit—Reggie Ragland, Jarran Reed and A’Shawn Robinson—have yet to post numbers for on-field workouts.

All three players, however, turned heads during Friday’s weigh-in.

Ragland, who weighed 259 pounds at the Senior Bowl, recorded a measurement of 6-foot-1 and 247 pounds. The talented inside linebacker dropped 12 pounds since January.

Ragland wants to prove that he can play at either inside or outside ‘backer.’ He will not participate in the bench press (shoulder), yet he anticipates running a strong 40-time.

Robinson, who was a finalist for the 2015 Outland Trophy, held a playing weight of 312 pounds during three seasons at Alabama. The Fort Worth, Texas native shredded five pounds, improving to 307. His 6-foot-4 frame couple with his weight may improve his 40-time and better opportunities for him to pressure quarterbacks. Robinson’s arms measured out at 34 ½” and his hands at 10 ½”. He totaled nine sacks and 22 tackles for loss in his career for the Crimson Tide.

Reed, who spent two seasons at East Mississippi Community College, became a key contributor on Alabama’s front in 2014 and 2015. Reed, like Robinson, held a playing weight of 313 pounds prior to weighing in at the combine. He dropped six pounds, which puts him at 307 to go on his 6-foot-3 frame.

Reed’s arms come in at 33 3/8″ and his hands at 10 ½”.

He collected 11 tackles for loss and two sacks during his tenure at Alabama. Reed, like Ragland, will not participate in the bench press (shoulder), but will be ready for other events.

Both Robinson and Crimson Tide defensive end prospect D.J.Pettway put in reps on the bench press. Robinson had 22 reps of 225 pounds, while Pettway maxed out at 17 reps.

Robinson’s 22 reps tied him for 11th among defensive line prospects. He along with Ragland and Reed are projected to be first-round picks.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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