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In the NFL draft, Alabama lost running back Trent Richardson, safety Mark Barron, corner Dre Kirkpatrick and linebacker Dont'a Hightower—all first-round draft picks.
Replacing those four players is not going to be an easy task for the Crimson Tide, the defending national champions.
At Alabama, they reload, not rebuild, but the star power lost may be too much to overcome next season.
This season is reminiscent of 2010, when Alabama came off a national championship but lost key players to the draft. In 2010, Alabama went 10-3. Not a bad season, but it was obviously not the same team that won national titles in 2009 and 2011.