Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Several Alabama Players Entering NFL Draft

Several Alabama Players Entering NFL Draft

He's been productive throughout his career.

"(Atlanta Falcons receiver and former Tide star) Julio Jones opened the door for the blue-chip receivers to come to Tuscaloosa.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper lists Ridley as his top-rated receiver prospect for the 2018 National Football League draft.

He is projected to be a top-10 pick in April's draft, due largely to a few standout skills: ability to make high-difficulty catches, ability to change speeds on a dime, and his overall speed and quickness. We know Amari was top 5.

"Probably have several that should (declare) and probably have several that shouldn't, from a business perspective", Saban said.

Harris rushed for 1,037 yards as a sophomore in 2016 and 1,000 this past season, which ended with Monday night's 26-23 overtime win over Georgia that yielded Alabama's fifth national title in the past nine seasons under coach Nick Saban.

"He's an active, mobile big man in the middle of the defense". Like Ridley, he is expected to go in the first round, though likely in the second half of the round.

Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran raved about Payne before the national championship game, calling him the best he's ever worked with. Ridley scored a pair of touchdowns in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Michigan State.

Just the third-ever victor of both the Jim Thorpe and Bednarik Awards in the same season-joining Charles Woodson and Patrick Peterson-Fitzpatrick is expected to be off the board in the first 10 picks of April's NFL Draft.

"With the nature of the running back position, I would suspect Bo's anywhere from a second or third rounder".

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