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Jalyn Armour-Davis and Phidarian Mathis tested well at NFL Scouting Combine

Jalyn Armour-Davis (#5) going through drills for Alabama DB's before 2022 CFP National Championship Game versus Georgia
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Christian Harris carried the flag for Alabama’s defensive alums at the NFL Scouting Combine, but two others also tested well.

Jalyn Armour-Davis arrived to Tuscaloosa in the 2018 signing class. A native of Mobile, Ala., he made the most of his one season as a starting cornerback in 2021. Armour-Davis missed four games because of injury, but he totaled 32 tackles, four pass breakups, and shared a team-high three interceptions. He was the Crimson Tide’s most consistent corner before a hip injury.

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Jalyn Armour-Davis returns interception during Alabama - Tennessee game

Alabama cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis (No. 5) records an interception in 2021 versus Tennessee/Picture comes via Crimson Tide photos

Armour-Davis had a track and field background in his school. His speed showed up in Sunday’s testing as he clocked unofficial times of 4.44 seconds and 4.45 seconds. He made an official time of 4.39 seconds, tying him for the sixth-fastest at his position. Armour-Davis proved to be faster than Sauce Garnder (Cincinnati, 4.41) and Roger McCreary (Auburn, 4.50).

He was a top performer on the bench (14 reps of 225 pounds, tied for third) and vertical jump (34.5 inches, tied for sixth).

Armour-Davis projects as a Day 2 pick, but he could be a middle to late second-rounder.

Phidarian Mathis came to the Tide in the 2017 signing class. A Louisiana native, he exploded for big numbers in 2021 as a fifth-year senior. Mathis earned permanent team captain honors from his peers. He totaled 53 tackles, 12 stops for loss, nine sacks, six quarterback hurries, two breakups, and one forced fumble. Mathis received second-team All-SEC and All-American honors.

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Phidarian Mathis sacks TJ Finley in the Iron Bowl

Picture by Crimson Tide Photos

He finished fifth in the broad jump (9’11”) among defensive tackles. Mathis was also a top performer in the vertical jump (23.5″) and 20-yard shuttle (4.91 seconds). He showed violent hands in the pass-rush drills, making him a viable rusher inside.

Mathis projects as a Day 2 pick. He may hear his name in the early or middle part of the second round.

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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.

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