TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Trent Richardson flashed speed and power at Alabama's second pro day.
The former Crimson Tide tailback, linebacker Courtney Upshaw and safety Mark Barron worked out for NFL scouts, general managers and coaches on Thursday. All three are projected first-round draft picks.
The 227-pound Richardson says he bench-pressed 225 pounds 25 times. NFL.com says he was unofficially clocked from 4.45-4.49 in the 40.
Richardson is considered the top running back available and a potential top 5 pick. He even knocked down Cleveland Browns running backs coach Gary Brown in a blocking drill.
The Browns, who have the fourth pick and need a tailback, were also represented by head coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Tom Heckert.
Richardson, Upshaw and Barron all were recovering from injuries at the NFL combine.
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As expected, three key pieces to Alabama’s championship run are leaving for the NFL, Tidesports.com reported.
RB Trent Richardson, LB Dont’a Hightower and CB Dre Kirkpatrick are expected to announce today at a news conference that they will bypass their senior seasons at Alabama.
The Crimson Tide won its second BCS title in three years Monday, whipping LSU, 21-0, in New Orleans.
In his most recent mock draft, Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande projects Kirkpatrick to be the first Tide player off the board at No. 7 by Jacksonville. Lande projects Richardson will go 16th to the New York Jets. Lande does not have Hightower being selected in the first round, but does have Tide teammate, safety Mark Barron, being taken 17th by Cincinnati.
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Alabama running back Trent Richardson already had his Heisman highlight: a dazzling 76-yard run vs. Mississippi (see video below) that included numerous broken tackles and a jaw-dropping start-stop juke move. "That would have thrown my hip out its joint," LSU coach Les Miles said.
Richardson could do more than that with a big performance Saturday against an LSU defense allowing 76.6 yards rushing a game, third in the country. He could bolster his already strong Heisman resume and become the second Tide runner to win the award in the last three years. (MORE>>>)
It was hard to escape the hype around the LSU-Alabama game when both squads were off last week. Now, it's downright impossible.
Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower had just finished celebrating a win over Tennessee two weeks ago when he saw the first ad for the LSU game. When Barrett Jones chatted with family and friends back home in suburban Memphis, they didn't want to talk about the Vols game.
Like everybody else, they wanted to talk No. 1 LSU versus No. 2 Alabama. (MORE>>>)
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