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Gruden didn't have any Alabama players on his QB Camp series this year, but I just got a chance to ask the Monday Night Football analyst A) How impressive would it be if the Tide had four first-round picks again and B) Which among them really jumps out at out?
Here's his answer, some of which you'll see in my draft preview next week:
"What really jumps out to me, to be honest with you, is the offensive line, period. Jones, the center, the left guard Warmack is a heck of a player, Fluker at right tackle … I’m starting to think that Mel Kiper could run for 750 yards at Alabama.
"That’s what’s most impressive thing to me is the offensive style than Alabama plays with. It’s physical. It’s why they’re the national champions. It allows them to control the clock. But I really like their power running game, particularly when they run right with Fluker at the point of attack and Warmack pulling around. It’s just downright nasty.
"Lacy, Trent Richardson, number four, I think his name is Yeldon, the young back, Ingram … no disrespect to the running backs they’ve had there, but it’s a very physical offensive line that certainly gives the Crimson Tide a strong edge in college football.
"Defensively, they’re just very versatile. They play a 3-4 defense, you see them play a 4-3, they have a diverse sub package, they different coverages, they play man and zone. Of fundamentals and techniques these players are ahead of most colleges because of their coaching and they recruit first- and second-round draft choices. They do a heck of a job of evaluating who they recruit and sign. It’s a credit to Nick Saban and his staff."
(The "..." part he repeated the Mel Kiper line, I just cut it out since it was repetitive)
Christopher Walsh covers Alabama football for BamaOnline, 247Sports, and is the author of 18 books.
I'm looking foward to seeing what happens when A.J. goes before Chucky and breaks down some plays, thanks Chris.
Awesome quotes! The video of Gruden and Teo was hilarious when he kept playing the national championship game highlights where he continued to make bad decisions and also got owned by our OL.
Gruden is great. He was just as entertaining when he was a coach. Maybe even more.
I bet AJ lays his head on the table while reviewing film with Chucky next year (G)
Anyone else read that gruden voice? Lol
Yeah I think we are going to miss those big guys more than most expect next year.
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