Five Alabama Crimson Tide players are picked in the first round of a mock NFL Draft released today by Sports Illustrated.
The mock draft, one of several the site will likely do in the lead up to the real thing on April 25, has Tide cornerback Dee Milliner going to the Cleveland Browns with the sixth pick overall. Milliner would join former teammate Trent Richardson, who was selected third overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Guard Chance Warmack is projected at No. 10 in the mock draft, going to the Tennessee Titans. The 6-foot-2, 322-pound offensive lineman would shore up protection for Titan’s quarterback Jake Locker.
Running back Eddie Lacy is at No. 22, going to the St. Louis Rams. The offensive MVP of the BCS Championship game would give the Rams a fresh set of legs, and at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, Lacy would be a power back to fit in with head coach Jeff Fisher’s offense.
With the 25th pick, SI has the Seattle Seahawks selecting tackle D.J. Fluker, one of the vocal leaders of the heralded Crimson Tide offensive line in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 355-pound offensive lineman would provide a massive presence up front and figures to be a stalwart in the NFL for some time to come.
Rounding out the pick is defensive tackle and fan favorite Jesse Williams, going to the San Francisco 49ers with the 32nd pick (which means SI has the Niners winning the Super Bowl). The 6-foot-4, 320-pound Aussie is an athletic big man, and could make an immediate impact.
Overall this mock draft shows the incredible talent level coming out of Tuscaloosa, and the skill of the coaching staff of developing players into NFL-ready talent.