Alabama Pro Day results: Nico Johnson and more given chance to stand out

Matthew Stockman

The Alabama Crimson Tide held their Pro Day on Wednesday. Several of the biggest names chose not to participate, giving mid-to-late rounders like Nico Johnson, Damion Square and Robert Lester chances to shine.

The Alabama Crimson Tide held their Pro Day on Wednesday. After winning the BCS National Championship, it's unsurprising that the Tide have four players projected to go in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, according to SB Nation's latest mock draft. None of those four players -- cornerback Dee Milliner, guard Chance Warmack, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker and defensive tackle Jesse Williams -- participated much, if at all Wednesday, however. Instead, they gave others like linebacker Nico Johnson, defensive lineman Damion Square and tight end Michael Williams a chance to stand out on their own.

Johnson did not run drills at the 2013 NFL Combine after undergoing sports hernia surgery soon after the Senior Bowl. Instead, he trained for Pro Day in hopes of silencing critics who cite his straight-line speed as one his biggest weaknesses. Unfortunately, though he ran well, times of 4.73 and 4.89 seconds in the 40-yard dash won't assure him a spot on Day 2 of the draft.

Square has not garnered the same level of hype as Jesse Williams, due to concerns about his quickness, size and strength. He put up a respectable 23 reps of 225 pounds in the bench press, but declined to run, leaving questions unanswered about his athleticism.

Unfortunately, Michael Williams did run. With an impressive performance, he could have put himself in the discussion to be drafted. If an unofficial time of 5.4 seconds in the 40 is accurate, however, he will have a hard time convincing NFL teams that he more than a blocker.

Other highlights:

- Barrett Jones only participated in the bench press, but manage to put up an impressive 27 reps.

- Warmack weighed in at 319 pounds. He also participated in the vertical leap, and just barely got more than two feet off the ground.

- Robert Lester may be fighting for a late-round selection as a safety, but he helped his stock Wednesday. He posted a 10'1 broad jump, and 33.5" in the vertical. Putting up seven reps in the bench press was less impressive, however. He ran 4.65 and 4.81 in the 40-yard dash

- Eddie Lacy did not participate due to lingering tightness in his hamstring.

- Though he potentially had a lot to prove, Quinton Dial did not participate, either. He reportedly had his right leg in a scooter.

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