Oct 20, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Justin Coleman (27) knocks Alabama Crimson Tide running back Eddie Lacy (42) out of bounds to stop the touchdown during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama Football: Eddie Lacy and DJ Fluker To Declare For NFL Draft

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The BCS National Championship Game is still four weeks away, but we already know Alabama will be without two of its leading juniors next year. Multiple sources have confirmed to SI.com that RB Eddie Lacy and OT DJ Fluker will forego their senior year of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft.

Eddie Lacy has been a star on the offense this season, racking up 1182 yards and 18 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide while sharing time with freshman TJ Yeldon. He will be a great pickup for a team that is looking for a physical, but versatile running back.

DJ Fluker was amazing as an offensive tackle, providing part of the protection that both QB AJ McCarron and Eddie Lacy needed to become so successful on offense throughout the year. In a league that is focused on protecting the quarterback, Fluker will be a valuable asset.

Both players are projected to be picked early in the NFL draft, possibly as first rounders. It is interesting to note that the last two running backs coached by Nick Saban were picked up in the first round of their respective drafts. Trent Richardson went third overall to the Cleveland Browns in 2012 and Mark Ingram went twenty-eighth to the New Orleans Saints in 2011.

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