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Alabama sends 14 players to NFL Scouting Combine, leads all FBS schools

Robert Foster runs with the ball for a touchdown in 2017 for Alabama vs. Colorado State
Alabama wide receiver Robert Foster (No. 1) catches slant route for a 52-yard TD in 2017 at home versus Colorado State: Marvin Gentry - USA TODAY Sports

As he has done each year since 2008, University of Alabama football head coach Nick Saban will send another group of talented athletes to the National Football League.  

According to, this year’s Scouting Combine will go from Feb. 27 to March 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind., and Alabama leads all FBS schools with 14 individuals receiving an invitation.

All participants listed below had a role (whether starter or rotational player) in helping the Crimson Tide earn its 17th national championship in program history. 

Former UA standouts invited to NFL Combine 

Anthony Averett, Cornerback 

Tony Brown, Cornerback 

Levi Wallace, Cornerback 

Minkah Fitzpatrick, Defensive back 

Ronnie Harrison, Safety 

Rashaan Evans, Linebacker 

Shaun Dion Hamilton, Linebacker 

Da’Ron Payne, Defensive tackle 

Joshua Frazier, Defensive tackle 

Da’Shawn Hand, Defensive end 

Calvin Ridley, Wide receiver 

Robert Foster, Wide receiver 

Bo Scarbrough, Running back 

JK Scott, Punter 


While it also leads all Southeastern Conference institutions with its number of invites, Calvin Ridley, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Rashaan Evans, Da’Ron Payne and Ronnie Harrison are all considered to be first-round selections in the upcoming draft per multiple mock drafts. 

Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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