This week's NFL combine features 79 players from the SEC including the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide with 10. However that is not the most by one team, its not even the second most players at the combine from the SEC.
Now before you see those numbers that is a scary point to think that the Crimson Tide could have even more players there if they would have come out. The reason for fear, they came back to win another title.
LSU leads the way with the surprising defections at 13 invites to the combine while Georgia is second at 11. Florida also has 10 players at the workout, while South Carolina has 7 including Marcus Lattimore the injured running back. The only school that did not have a kid invited to the combine was Ole Miss, who seems to be loading up for the future combines.
The pre-draft ritual in the NFL is always about whose moving up and who is moving down. Critics will spend more time breaking down your motor than actually watching game film and production.
One guy who is moving up and rightfully so is Chance Warmack. Is athleticism and size make him a must get on the inside. He might be able to even work at tackle if a team is willing to wait but in my opinion if you want to run a zone scheme he is the best in the country on the inside.
Cordarrelle Patterson is seeing his stock go up because of his rawability at the position combined with the fact that he will test off the charts in athleticism. Patterson has work to do at the route running aspect but NFL teams love this guy as a play-maker.
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Former FIU coach Mario Cristobol is headed to Tuscaloosa.
I love the hire of Mario Cristobol at Alabama. First he was given a raw deal at FIU and should still be the head coach. Secondly he is an excellent recruiter and could help pump some more athletes from South Florida to Alabama. Finally is experience will suit him well under Nick Saban and may give him a shot in a few years to get another crack at a head coaching position.
LSU hired Cam Cameron as offensive coordinator of which I like for the fact that I thought Greg Studrawa struggled in tough games because he was an offensive line coach. Studrawa had the title the last two years and the Tigers did win the SEC in 2011. But the offense was very vanilla and other than toss power showed very little imagination. Cameron must develop and identity for LSU and as the fifth coordinator in nine years for Miles, he must stay awhile too.
Johnny Manziel is not only taking on-line classes (which is perfectly legal) but he is also working on his pocket mechanics this spring. He wants to be a more polished passer going forward, which may also help him with his NFL stock. But I would like to caution him from re-inventing the wheel because what he has is special and wins games.
I do think as the game slows down in the pocket for him and he reads defenses quicker he will scramble less and throw more. But whatever he does please don't quit running for good because college football fans love them some Johnny Football.