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Former Alabama LB Dallas Turner secures first-round money in his bag at NFL Combine

Former Alabama LB Dallas Turner explodes with a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine.
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Dallas Turner left no doubt at Lucas Oil Stadium on Thursday that he’s a first-round NFL Draft pick.

The South Florida native checked every box at the NFL Scouting Combine.

RELATED: Former Alabama LB Dallas Turner records freakish wingspan in NFL Combine measurements

He may have weighed in two inches shorter (6’2″) than listed at the University of Alabama (6’4″), but the former five-star recruit came in at 247 pounds with 34 3/8″ arms and an insane 83″ wingspan. Turner showed off his freakish athleticism in testing extremely well in on-field workout. He scorched the 40-yard dash, turning in a time of 4.47 seconds.

Turner finished tied for second among linebackers in his draft class.

His 10-yard split of 1.54 seconds displayed his explosiveness coming off the snap, tying him for first among players at his position. He had the best vertical jump among linebackers (40.5″) and tied for second for a 10’7″ broad jump. 

Turner came in on a mission and put top-15 value money into his bag. He dominated for the Crimson Tide in 2023, leading the team in sacks (10), tackles for loss (14.5), and quarterback hurries (13) in helping Alabama to a Southeastern Conference Championship. Turner earned first-team All-SEC honors, Consensus All-American honors, and Co-Defensive Player of the Year for the conference. He ended his collegiate career with 22.5 sacks, tying him with former Tide legend Eric Curry (1990-92) for sixth all-time in school history. Turner had 32.5 tackles for loss in three seasons (2021-23) for the Crimson Tide at linebacker.

He watched Will Anderson become a top-three NFL Draft selection, but now Turner has captured high first-round status.

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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.

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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