A Look At Alabama Offensive Prospects

The latest “Game of the Century” in college football goes down Saturday evening with No. 1 and No. 2 facing off in the Southeastern Conference, LSU at Alabama. There are all sorts of prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft. The Crimson Tide under Nick Saban have a large number of potential draft choices, so we’ve broken them down into several parts that will pop up in the coming days. This time it’s the Alabama offense.


#3 RB Trent Richardson/Junior, 5-11, 224 pounds – He’s the catalyst behind the Alabama offense, and should break the 1,000-yard mark for the season against LSU – he needs only 11 yards. Powerful and fast, he was a superb compliment to Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram before he left for the NFL. One of the strongest running backs to roll through Tuscaloosa, Richardson bench presses 475 pounds and can squat 600+ pounds. He comes into the game with 989 yards on 149 carries, a 6.6-yard per carry average with 17 TDs. On his 33-game career in red and white, Richardson has run for 2,438 yards and 31 TDs, along with 604 receiving yards and 5 TD catches. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. FIRST-ROUND, TOP TEN PICK.

#65 LG Chance Warmack/Junior, 6-2¼, 320 pounds – He now has 21 straight starts at left guard for Alabama, including all eight this season. Warmack has played in 21 games and continues to improve from game-to-game with major upside. TOO EARLY TO TELL.

#73 C William Vlachos/Redshirt-Senior, 6-1, 295 pounds – He’s a three year starter for Saban, appearing in 43 games over his college career with 35 starts. He’s opened 35 straight games. Solid, smarter competitor who has good feet and the ability to move in all directions. Undersized in the view of many NFL teams, he relies on leverage and angles, much like a Casey Wiegmann. LATE ROUND/FREE AGENT PROSPECT.

#89 TE Michael Williams/Redshirt-Junior, 6-6, 270 pounds – A two-year starter at tight end, he’s played in 35 games and opened 22 in three years on the field with the Tide. This season, he’s caught 10 passes for 152 yards and 2 TDs. Known more for his blocking, where he’s one of the reasons the ‘Bama can consistently run the ball. Overall, he’s caught 21 passes for 341 yards and 3 TD catches. MID-TO-LATE ROUND CHOICE.

#4 WR Marquis Maze/Redshirt-Senior, 5-8, 184 pounds – In four seasons, he’s played in 49 games with 30 starts in the Alabama offense, including all eight games this year. Right now, he’s caught 39 passes for 482 yards and a TD. He’s also ranked nationally in punt returns with a 13-yard average, including an 83-yard TD return vs. Arkansas. Over his 49-game career, the Alabama native has caught 119 passes for 1,699 yards and 8 TDs, with a career punt return average of 12.5 yards and a kickoff return average of 26.7 yards. SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE ROUNDS.

#75 LT Barrett Jones/Redshirt-Junior, 6-4, 312 pounds – A three-year starter for the Tide, he has started 33 of the 36 games he’s played for Alabama, including all eight this season. Played 3 games as a freshman, but then earned a medical redshirt after suffering a shoulder injury. He moved to LT this year, after playing at RG. He’s already earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting with a 4.0 GPA. Jones has played the violin since he was three years old. Athletic, strong, quick and intelligent. MID-ROUND TALENT.

#76 RT D.J. Fluker/Redshirt-Sophomore, 6-6, 335 pounds – Former Parade Magazine All-America, Fluker was considered a five-star recruit and a remarkable story. In the eighth grade, he weighed over 400 pounds, but once he started playing football, the weight dropped off and muscle was added. He arrived at Alabama just over 350 pounds. Before the 2010 season, he lost some more weight and got playing time, appearing in 10 games and starting nine times. Fluker has battled injuries during his time with the Tide, with shoulder, ankle and knee problems. This year, he’s started all eight games at RT. He’s very athletic for a young man that big. Wears size 22 shoes. He needs another year of college football. FIRST-ROUND PROSPECT.

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