Four Alabama Crimson Tide players were selected in the first round of Fox Sports’ pre-NFL combine mock draft released today.
Alabama corneback Dee Milliner, widely considered the No. 1 cornerback prospect in this draft class, and a near lock to be a Top-10 selection come the NFL Draft in April, is slated 4th overall to the Philadelphia Eagles. Most experts don’t see Milliner slipping past the 5th spot to the Detroit Lions, but the Eagles could very well take the former All American before Detroit gets the chance.
Guard Chance Warmack is projected to go 18th overall to the Dallas Cowboys, and he would be a welcome addition to the Cowboys’ beleaguered offensive line. Quarterback Tony Romo would be extremely grateful to have Warmack blocking for him, and he would instantly improve the Cowboys’ 31st ranked rushing offense.
Warmack could go as high as 10th overall to the Tennessee Titans, and I would be surprised if he fell past the St. Louis Rams at 16th overall. But, if he does, Jason Garrett and company should jump at the opportunity to bring him to Dallas.
Nose tackle Jesse Williams is projected to be picked by the Indianapolis Colts with the 24th pick in the first round to anchor the middle of the Colts’ 3-4 defense. Williams also has the versatility to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme as he did at Alabama during the 2011 season. The Colts drafted former Crimson Tide nose guard Josh Chapman in the 5th round a year ago, but he missed the entire 2012 season due to a knee injury he suffered during his senior season in Tuscaloosa.
Running back Eddie Lacy has been moving up draft boards lately, with his stock skyrocketing after strong performances in the SEC and BCS Championship Games. The Fox Sports mock draft has Lacy going 28th overall to the Denver Broncos. Lacy would join a contender in the AFC as the Broncos finished the regular season with the best record in the conference before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker was not included in this mock, but from what I have read other places, the massive tackle has been rising up draft boards lately. Look for Fluker to wind up in the first round come April. Also, don’t count out former Tide center Barrett Jones in sneaking into the first round, although it looks like he will likely be selected somewhere in the second round on day two of the 2013 NFL Draft.
All of these guys, along with four other Crimson Tide players, will get an opportunity to improve their draft stock at the NFL’s scouting combine, which gets started next Wednesday and runs until February 26th.
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