Pro day ‘time to make that money’

DeQuan Menzie runs the 40 (AP photo)

It was more of an appetizer for the other pro day set for March 19. But here’s the story from the first version held Wednesday:

TUSCALOOSA — The pro day approach for departing Alabama senior DeQuan Menzie stuck to the point.

The amateur years ended January in New Orleans. That next phase brings extra incentive.

“It’s just time to get that money,” Menzie said. “That’s what Dont’a (Hightower) and (Dre Kirkpatrick) say all the time.”

Those three highlighted Wednesday’s lineup that lacked a few of the biggest names. Linebacker Courtney Upshaw joined Trent Richardson, Mark Barron, and Josh Chapman on the list of injured players who must wait to impress NFL scouts. Tendonitis in his knee kept Upshaw from Wednesday’s routine 40-yard dash and agility drills, Alabama coach Nick Saban said.

A second pro day for the injured stars is set for March 29 in Tuscaloosa. And there will be plenty of money to make then, too.

The Wednesday crowd of NFL executives and coaches lacked the star power compared to recent years. General managers from the Steelers and the Titans attended, but not a single head coach was spotted. A few former Tide players watched from the sideline including Rolando McClain, a trimmed down Andre Smith, and Mike Johnson.

Kirkpatrick, a potential top-10 pick, was the top draw. He didn’t run the 40-yard dash after recording a 4.51 at the combine in Indianapolis.

The cornerback said he wasn’t worried about his January arrest on marijuana possession charges affecting his draft status. The charges were later dropped.

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