Alabama is loaded with pro talent that will be on display in the Discover BCS National Championship Game vs. Notre Dame and potentially could see double-digit members off this team drafted in April’s NFL draft.
The best pro prospect will be in the trenches on Monday night as left guard Chance Warmack has established himself as the preeminent guard prospect in this year’s class. Not only is he the best guard this season, he is the best guard prospect I have seen in years. Guards traditionally do not get drafted relatively high in the first round, but he can be the exception and if he slips out of the top 10 picks, a team will have an absolute steal.
He really has no weaknesses in his game and excels in the run and pass game while possessing exceptional field awareness, durability, and toughness. During his time in Tuscaloosa he has blocked for a Heisman winner in Mark Ingram and another Heisman finalist in Trent Richardson.
The next member off this team is Dee Milliner who is expected to skip his senior season. He’s a tick under 6’1 and a biscuit under 200-pounds, but Milliner has been taught well by Nick Saban, which gives him a leg up on other defensive backs entering the league. He makes plays in the run game that few corners can make and can run with the top receivers in the country. Milliner has above average ball skills and his instincts in reading the quarterback are among the best in the nation.
Warmack’s teammate along the offensive line Barrett Jones also will hear his names called early and ranks among the best at his positions, but probably will not crack the first round like Warmack will. Jones has lined up all along the Alabama offensive line the last four years and won the Outland Trophy starting as the left tackle on the national champions a year ago. Is already a two-time national title winner, who possesses every intangible you look for in an offensive lineman and is likely to be a day-two pick.
Other likely day-two picks form the Tide include defensive tackle Jesse Williams, DJ Fluker and running back Eddie Lacy–who have yet to declare for the draft. Other notables that should be drafted this spring include linebacker Nico Johnson, safety Robert Lester, tight end Michael Williams and defensive ends Quinton Dial and Damion Square.
Last year’s game between LSU and Alabama featured six future first round picks, and while this year’s tilt between Notre Dame and the Tide will feature four in all likelihood, I think the game will be much more exciting.
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