Alabama Football: 5 players that (probably) won’t be back in 2024

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JC Latham

The junior offensive tackle has progressed just as expected, from a 5-star recruit and top-5 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class to a projected first-round draft pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.

From his right tackle position, Latham has anchored an Alabama offensive line that has gradually improved all season, and seems to be gelling just in time for the stretch run.

For now, I expect next year’s starting tackles to be true sophomore Kadyn Proctor and redshirt sophomore Elijah Pritchett. Having taken their lumps this year as freshmen, and with another offseason under their belts, the pair of former 5-star recruits should be a formidable tandem.

Dallas Turner

Turner is one of the best edge rushers in the country, and has flashed the full gamut of his abilities in his draft-eligible junior season. He leads the Crimson Tide with 10.5 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks, and will likely join Latham as a first-round draft pick. With fellow edge Chris Braswell expected to depart as well, Alabama Football will be tasked with replacing both of its pass rushers.

Fortunately, the Tide has recruited this position as well as any in recent years. It should return veteran Keanu Koht, young 5-stars Keon Keeley and Yhonzae Pierre, and others.

Kool-Aid McKinstry

Just like Latham and Turner, cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry came to Alabama as a 5-star recruit in the class of 2021, and has continued that trajectory throughout his three years in Tuscaloosa. McKinstry is one of college football’s premier cover corners, and is projected to be a first round pick in the spring.