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Alabama's Barron, Upshaw work out for scouts

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Two Alabama defensive players who might be first-round draft picks worked out for pro scouts late this week and figure to be on the Packers' radar: safety Mark Barron and outside linebacker-defensive end Courtney Upshaw. Barron is looking like the more highly regarded prospect of the two, though he's coming off double hernia surgery in the offseason. Barron appears to have a good chance to come off the board beginning in the middle of the first round. He didn't participate in the scouting combine or Alabama's Pro Day in early March because he was recovering from the surgery, and he wasn't back to full strength Thursday -- Alabama coach Nick Saban estimated Barron was about 85 to 90 percent of the way back from surgery. One report estimated his 40 time at 4.55 seconds, which isn't particularly fast for a safety. But in his position workout he looked fluid to Tony Pauline, the draft expert for SI.com, who predicted Barron will be drafted in the middle to late portion of the first round. Upshaw seems to be more a later first-round prospect, or maybe even an early second rounder. His 40 time was estimated between 4.75 seconds and 4.78 seconds -- he didn't run at the combine or take part in Alabama's first pro day, either. That speed is average at best for a 3-4 outside linebacker in a scheme such as the Packers', though compensating factors such as power and short-area quickness come into play also. Upshaw also weighed in 279 pounds, which is heavy for the position and seven pounds more than the 272 he weighed at the combine. “Honestly, I feel 250,” Upshaw told the Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Pauline of SI.com questioned Upshaw's quickness and overall athleticism in his workout, which could reduce the number of teams willing to take him in the first round. But he said Upshaw also displayed great power, and it's now a question of whether teams think he can play in coverage in a 3-4 or whether he is more of a 4-3 pass-rush end.

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