Jalston Fowler, FB

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Mobile, AL
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 254 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.842.891.7623 33 1/29'6"4.407.56

Player Overview

A four-star fullback recruit out of high school, Fowler garnered interest from Auburn, Clemson and Tennessee despite not playing his senior year in high school (due to age), but made up his mind early in the process that he would attend Alabama.

He shared the backfield with Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy as a true freshman in 2010, rushing for 111 yards and one touchdown. Fowler blocked for Richardson and Lacy in 2011, finishing third on the team with 385 yards and four touchdowns. His role was expected to expand in 2012, but a season-ending knee injury changed that, taking a medical redshirt year. Fowler returned in 2013 and served more of a goal-line role with 88 rushing yards and five receiving scores on only seven catches.

He started five games in 2014 as a senior, recording 69 rushing yards and 11 catches for 129 receiving yards and two scores. Fowler earned an invitation to the 2015 Senior Bowl in his hometown of Mobile.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Well-built frame with proportionate bulk, carrying his weight well...physical blocker with aggressive hands and uses his upper body like a weapon...quick-footed with run instincts between the tackles...controlled burst to attack north-south with initial acceleration...reliable pass-catching traits with soft hands and long arms, extending his catching radius to pluck...nice spatial awareness as a blocker and receiver.

Takes care of his business in the weight room with terrific conditioning, pushing himself on and off the field...ineligible as a senior in high school because he turned 19 the summer before the 2009 season, but stayed on the sideline as an extra coach...mature outlook and has overcome adversity - lost his brother to a gunshot wound (May 2007) and has balanced family and football with a two-year old son (Jalston Jr.)...possesses the versatility to wear a lot of different hats as a runner, blocker and receiver.

WEAKNESSES: Plodder and lacks ideal speed to rip off long runs...finds himself off-balance often and needs to play with controlled aggression...blocking technique needs refined, struggling to punch-and-recoil to adjust to secondary moves...functional power is average as a runner, doesn't break as many tackles as his size might suggest...needs to consistently run with low pad level and forward lean, not always churning his legs at contact.

Ball security has room for improvement (two fumbles on 132 career offensive touches - 66.0 fumble rate)...minor durability concerns, missing almost all of the 2012 season with a torn ACL in his left knee (Sept. 2012)...older prospect after repeating the seventh grade - will be a 25 year old rookie.

IN OUR VIEW: After spending his first two seasons primarily as a runner and run blocker, Fowler returned from his 2012 injury and assumed more of an H-Back role, lining up in the backfield and catching the ball in the flat and on screens. He attacks the line of scrimmage with determination and power, but needs to be less of a loose cannon and add more discipline to his blocking style - too much of a one-pop daddy.

Fowler isn't overly impressive in any one area, fundamentally or athletically, but he's very well-rounded as both a blocker and pass-catcher with the skill-set to serve as a versatile fullback who can line up all over and handle different responsibilities.

--Dane Brugler

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05/05/2015 - A closer look at the Titans' nine picks: Round 4/108 -- Jalston Fowler, FB, 5-11, 254, Alabama...A curious pick, given that the fullback position has been phased into the background in the NFL these days. But Fowler can carry the football as a big back if need be, and also can line up as a tight end and catch the football. With versatility being a buzzword, Fowler has a role, but it's still surprising that he went in round four. - The Sports Xchange


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