TUSCALOOSA, AL (WIAT) – The University of Alabama held its second Pro Day of 2013 on Thursday with nine draft-eligible Crimson Tide players participating and roughly 20 NFL teams in attendance.
Alabama's second pro day gave Eddie Lacy, Damion Square and Nico Johnson a final chance to work out on campus and demonstrate their skills for NFL coaches and scouts after injuries kept them out of the Tide's first Pro Day on March 13.
"I feel like my 40 time was the most important thing they wanted to see," Lacy said. ""They wanted to see if I could catch, if I was a good (receiver), and I think I proved that today."
Lacy's times in the 40-yard dash ranged from 4.57-4.63 while posting a broad jump of 9 feet, 7 inches and a vertical of 33.5 inches. He missed the first Alabama Pro Day after injuring a hamstring in preparation for the NFL Combine.
Players started the day in the weight room where their weight, height, standing broad jump, vertical jump and bench press were checked. After finishing in the weight room they moved to the indoor football facility where they completed the 40-yard dash, agility testing and position-specific drills.
The nine Alabama players that participated in some part of the Tide's second Pro Day on Thursday include, Lacy, Square, Nico Johnson, D.J. Fluker, Michael Williams, Kelly Johnson, Carson Tinker, Robert Lester and Ranzell Watkins.
The NFL Draft will be held April 25-27 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
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Quotes from Alabama's Pro Day
Running Back Eddie Lacy
How did you think you did today?
"Overall, I think I did a pretty good job."
Anything particular thing they wanted to see out there?
"I feel like my 40 time was the most important thing they wanted to see."
Is there anything particular the scouts wanted to see, they were testing your hands pretty good?
"They wanted to see if I could catch, if I was a good (receiver), and I think I proved that today."
Is that kind of on par with what you've been doing, that kind of workout, that intense, for that amount of time?
"Well that was the most intense for me since I've been coming off of my hamstring injury, just trying to work myself back into shape."
Do you feel like you are 100% yet?
"I'm close to it, but during my 40 I was a little nervous about actually opening up, but I ran a pretty good time, so I am satisfied with that."
Are you starting to build relationships with some of the NFL guys or are they new to you every time you see them?
"I'd say it goes both ways. Some coaches I know a lot and some coaches I am just now meeting them, but overall after talking to them, I feel like I leave with a pretty good impression."
I know you said before, you never watched the NFL as much as a kid, what have you learned about it over the last couple months?
"It's basically a grind; it's just like everyone else. Everyone is faster and stronger. If you want to be a part of that league, you have to be just like them or better."
How much pride do you have in wanting to go round 1?
"Everyone wants to go first round, but at the end of the day you are going to get picked where you are going to get picked. You can't really do anything about it. But when you get your chance and get picked, you just have to go out and show them if you're not picked in the first round, you were first round talent."
Do you have any aspirations of whether you are a feature back or splitting time with any of the other backs?
"I would like to be a three-down back, but it is whatever system I have to go to, and if I have to split carries, I'll do it or if I am a full-time back, I'll do it. I'll just be happy to a part of a team and be able to contribute."
What does it mean to be able to go to New York for the draft?
"It means a lot. It makes my parents happy. It's a once in a lifetime experience and to be able to go there and spend time with my family, it means a lot to all of us."
Why did you change your mind about it?
"I don't like big crowds and going to big places, so I was going to spend it with my parents. After a while, I started to think it's not every day you get to go to the draft in New York. I talked it over with my parents, and I got a chance to go back, so I took it.
What is the biggest thing you wanted to prove Eddie, I know you wanted to do your 40, but…
"Outside of the 40, just proving that I could catch. I didn't have a lot of opportunities here at Alabama to show my hands in the back field. During the pass drills, I just wanted to show them that I could catch."
Do you feel like you did a good job with that?
"Yeah, I did good and I probably bobbled a pass or two, but everything else was caught clean."
Just going through this process every year, is there some benefit or some comfort having a lot of guys going through the same deal? You've got some company at the draft too and coming from Alabama 4 or 5 potential first rounds.
"Coming from a program like this, it's a great program and everybody who comes out, being a first or second round or mostly first round, it's the way we practice the way we prepare. Everyone in the NFL knows if you come out from Alabama, you know you are getting someone basically that is the NFL type. So coming from here, they know they are getting a good player."
Did you get any grief from Ingram or Richardson about trying to keep that streak of Bama Backs going in the first round?
"No, I didn't. They know it's hard and the draft is different every year. Sometimes offense and sometimes defense, but no I didn't talk to them much about it."
Defensive Lineman Damion Square
How do you think you did today Damion?
I did pretty good, all you can do is come out here and do the best you can do. What you run is what you run, and how good you are is how good you are, so I just come out here and try and show them what kind of athlete I am. I know they see it on film and I try and make the field work match with the film and hopefully they like what they see.
How is the knee?
The knee is good. The knee is strong and getting it to where it needs to be. I'm just working on my quad strength, my hamstring and the things around it so it can be supported.
Where are you going to watch the draft?
In Houston, with my family, my mom. I'm going to get some pizzas, without getting nervous, probably some Dominoes and some cards. Just trying to relax and be around the people that love me. They are going to support me either way. I'm just happy to get the opportunity. And despite how the draft may go, I'm going to get the opportunity to play in the National Football League, and as a kid that's what you dream about.
Linebacker Nico Johnson
(Courtesy: Alabama Athletics)
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