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Derrick Henry shows off receiving skills at Alabama's pro day


Representatives from all 32 NFL teams -- including New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, and a host of assistant coaches and player personnel directors -- were on hand for Alabama's pro day on Wednesday.

There were 18 players who worked out indoors on FieldTurf, and the Crimson Tide prospects were impressive.

Running back Derrick Henry -- 6-foot-2 1/2, 244 pounds -- got some extra credit for stepping in as a receiver because the event didn't have enough wide receivers. The scouts on hand were ecstatic over how well the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner caught the ball. Henry stepped in and showed that he has real good route-running ability, and that is just another skill that he possesses that people didn't realize that he was so good at. Henry really helped himself out at the pro day.

Center Ryan Kelly -- 6-4 1/4, 313 -- has put on about 30 pounds since last September; the guy is sculptured. He had a great workout. Kelly is a prospect that everybody is enthused about, a figures to be a plug-and-play prospect who could be in the NFL for a long time.

Defensive tackle Jarran Reed -- 6-3 1/2, 310 -- had an outstanding workout. He's competitive, strong, flexible and can change directions. The only thing that makes Reed wonder about him a bit is that he only had one sack last season. Still, Reed will be a first-round draft pick and play in the NFL for a long time.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland -- 6-1 3/4, 248 -- was asked to redo the three-cone drill, which he did in 7.55 seconds. In the positional workouts, he was really fluid. Belichick directed the linebacker drills, instructing the players on what drills he wanted to see them perform.

Defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson -- 6-3 7/8, 312 -- was another player who had a really good workout.

Defensive end D.J. Pettway -- 6-2 1/8, 271 -- ran the 40 in 4.89 seconds on both attempts. This is a player that some team will get and hope he can get his weight down to 255, so they can make him into a strong side linebacker.

Cornerback Cyrus Jones -- 5-11, 199 -- had a great workout, showed great quickness and excellent ball skills. Jones also brings a kick return element to his game.

Offensive guard Dominick Jackson -- 6-5, 313 -- ran the 40 in 5.4 seconds and had a good positional workout.

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Quarterback Jake Coker -- 6-5, 236 -- has two screws in his foot that will be taken out next week, so he did not participate in the runs or jumps. He did, however, do a positional drill and helped himself out by throwing the ball well and with accuracy. Coker has a very strong lower body, and teams will want to work him out because he has the size that they are looking for. Coker is a possible draft choice, perhaps in the sixth or seventh rounds.

Linebacker Dillon Lee -- 6-3 5/8, 240 -- ran the 40 in 4.83 and 4.77 seconds. He had a 20-yard short shuttle time of 4.34 seconds and a three-cone time of 7.11 seconds. Lee was another Tide player who looked good in the drills. He can change directions real well and moves with ease. Lee is a possible late-round draft selection.

Running back Kenyan Drake -- 6-0 7/8, 210 -- did not work out at the pro day.

Defensive back Bradley Sylve suffered a torn Achilles injury a day before the pro day workout.

Coach Nick Saban's pro day started at 7:30 a.m., and the scouts were treated to a big breakfast. Following the workout, the scouts enjoyed a lunch that featured a Caesar salad, mashed potatoes and chicken.

Follow Gil Brandt on Twitter @Gil_Brandt.



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