Alabama’s Johnson goes from walk-on to elite prospect

While Andre Smith received all of the attention at the Crimson Tide’s pro day (and not necessarily for the right reasons), there were plenty of other notable prospects who worked out.

One of the best players was safety Rashad Johnson (5-foot-11, 200 pounds). He was not always considered to be among the best, however. He had to walk on at Alabama just to make the team. Johnson has now turned himself into a fairly high draft choice through hard work. This just goes to show there’s room for all walk-ons to become stars.

He did not do the workout drills Wednesday, standing on his numbers from the combine. He did perform all the positional workouts.

Another Alabama prospect making a positive impression is Antoine Caldwell. The 6-3, 310 pound center stood on most of his numbers from the combine, but looked exceptional in the positional drills.

QB John Parker Wilson (6-1 ¾, 215 pounds) also kept his workout drill numbers from the combine, but showed great arm strength and touch in his positional workout (this is prefaced by the fact Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain ran the drill).

A pair of notable players did do the workout drills and did so in front of all 32 teams, including Packers GM Ted Thompson and Panthers GM Marty Hurney.

TE Nick Walker measured in at 6-4 7/8, 253 pounds. He had a 4.97 and 4.98 40, a 31-inch vertical, a 4.99 short shuttle, a 7.90 three-cone drill and 14 bench press reps.

TE Travis McCall checked in at 6-2, 276. He had a 5.13 and 5.10 in the 40, a 28-inch vertical, a 4.68 short shuttle, a 7.63 three-cone drill and 20 bench press reps.

Gil Brandt

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