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The University of Alabama held its second pro day of 2012 on Thursday with 14 draft-eligible Crimson Tide players participating and all 32 NFL teams in attendance.

Three NFL head coaches were on campus Thursday as the Patriots Bill Belichick, the Cowboys Jason Garrett and the Browns Pat Shurmur were all on hand to watch the workout.

Alabama's second pro day gave Trent Richardson, Mark Barron and Courtney Upshaw the chance to demonstrate their skills for NFL coaches and scouts after injuries kept them out of the Tide's first pro day on March 7.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban was impressed with the turnout of NFL scouts and proud of the way his Alabama players have developed on and off the field during their time at the Capstone.

"We try to promote with our players from an attitude standpoint of being responsible for your own self-determination." Saban said. "One of the goals that we have for our players here is that we want them to be successful personally; we want them to be successful academically and develop a career off the field, but we also want to see guys have an opportunity to develop a career as a football player as well."

Richardson's times in the 40-yard dash ranged from 4.45-4.49 while completing 25 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds. Barron, who claimed to be between 80-90 percent recovered from his hernia surgery, was timed between 4.53-4.57 in the 40 while posting a vertical of 34.5 inches and a broad jump of 10 feet, 2 inches. Upshaw's 40-yard dash was clocked between 4.73-4.76 with a broad jump of 9 feet, 1 inch.

"The talk is that we will have a lot of guys go first round. Everyone wants to do well and showcase their skills," said Courtney Upshaw. "We all have dreams of making it to the league and the time is close."

Many of the Alabama players that did work out on Thursday only did portions of the workout after participating in the Tide's Pro Day on March 7. Draft-eligible Crimson Tide athletes that participated were: John Michael Boswell, Darius Hanks, Jerrell Harris, Phelon Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, Marquis Maze, Alfred McCullough, DeQuan Menzie, Brad Smelley, William Vlachos and Alex Watkins.

Players started the day in the weight room where their weight, height, standing broad jump, vertical jump and bench press were checked. After finishing in the weight room they moved to the indoor football facility where they completed the 40-yard dash, agility testing and position-specific drills.

The NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

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