NFL Pro Day schedule puts Alabama in the spotlight

By Field Level Media
Jan 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Scouts can roll into Alabama to check out the sterling Crimson Tide draft class on March 23. Thus is the biggest slate on the NFL Pro Day schedule.

With the NFL Scouting Combine shuttered this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, prospects entered in the 2021 NFL Draft expect heightened scrutiny at pro day workouts held on their college campuses.

Presumptive No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence moved up his own workout this month at the suggestion of new Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer. The Clemson quarterback underwent left shoulder surgery and the early pro day cleared his schedule for recovery.

NFL Pro Day notables

NFL Pro Day: Alabama WR DaVante Smith, Ohio State CB Shaun Wade
Jan. 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) runs up field after catching a pass behind the defense of Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Shaun Wade (24) during the second quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Robertson-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson’s pro day will be held on March 11.

The national champion Crimson Tide could challenge the draft record of six first-round picks that was set by Miami (Fla.) in 2004. Alabama’s list of prized prospects includes wide receive DeVonta Smith, running back Najee Harris, cornerback Asante Samuel Jr., wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood, linebacker Dylan Moses and defensive lineman LaBryan Ray.

Smith won the Heisman Trophy and scorched Ohio State in the first half of the CFP national championship game before exiting in the third quarter with a hand injury.

He attended the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., but did not make himself available for workouts or official measurements.

Smith is widely viewed as an expected top-10 pick.

Quarterback Mac Jones is another draft-eligible option from Alabama and some pundits have the him projected to be selected in the first round.

Jones will be competing for attention with the likes of North Dakota State’s Trey Lance (whose pro day is scheduled for March 12), BYU’s Zach Wilson (March 26) and Ohio State’s Justin Fields (March 30).

Below is a list of known pro days released by the NFL on Wednesday

NFL Pro Day schedule

March 5
Kansas

March 9
Kansas State
Northwestern
Wisconsin-Whitewater

March 10
Arkansas
Marshall
Maryland
Wisconsin

March 11
Clemson
Nevada
Texas

March 12
Arkansas State
North Dakota State
Oklahoma

March 15
Army
Kent State
Middle Tennessee State
Vanderbilt

March 16
Georgia Tech
Temple

March 17
Arizona
Georgia
Illinois
Pittsburgh
San Jose State

March 18
Auburn
Buffalo
Central Arkansas
Louisiana Tech
Louisiana-Monroe
Stanford
Troy
West Virginia

March 19
Memphis
Ohio
TCU

March 22
Air Force
Bowling Green
Colorado State
Florida State
Iowa
Missouri
Toledo

March 23
Alabama
Central Michigan
Iowa State
Nebraska
Purdue

March 24
Michigan State
Mississippi State
South Carolina
USC
Virginia

March 25
Georgia Southern
Massachusetts
Mississippi
North Texas
Penn State
San Diego State
SMU
Tennessee
Western Michigan

March 26
Boston College
BYU
Michigan
South Dakota State
Virginia Tech

March 29
Arizona State
Duke
Louisiana-Lafayette
Miami
Miami (Ohio)
North Carolina
Washington State

March 30
East Carolina
Florida Atlantic
Louisville
North Carolina State
Ohio State
Texas A&M
Tulane
Washington

March 31
Baylor
Boise State
Florida
Kentucky
LSU
Notre Dame
Wake Forest

April 1
Minnesota
North Carolina-Charlotte
Oklahoma State
Oregon State
South Florida
UCF
Western Kentucky

April 2
Indiana
Oregon
Tulsa

April 7
Texas Tech

April 9
Ball State
Houston
UAB

–Field Level Media