Alabama juniors Dee Milliner and Eddie Lacy officially declared for the NFL draft Friday morning at a press conference held on campus. Neither announcement came as a surprise.
Nick Saban was in full support of both players’ decisions. “I don’t think either one of these guys have been in my office for not doing the right thing,” the coach said of his players.
Lacy said he weighed his options with his parents and coach Saban before deciding to enter the draft. His draft stock was on a continuous rise throughout the season. He finished with 1,322 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Lacy was named the offensive MVP of the national championship after gaining 157 total yards and two touchdowns. His final touchdown came off his signature spin move past three defenders.
Milliner finished with 54 tackles, 18 pass deflections and 2 interceptions. He was considered by many as one of the best cornerbacks in the country this past season. Milliner was a unanimous All-American and a finalist for the Nagurski trophy for the nation’s top defensive player and the Jim Thorpe award for the nation’s top defensive back. “To cap off my career with another championship is one of the best experiences I could have asked for,” Milliner said at Friday’s press conference.
Coach Saban confirmed that offensive tackle D.J. Fluker will still enter the NFL draft despite missing the press conference. He also says that he hopes this is over for this year, but there are still some juniors that can surprise us.