Alabama Football: Which Tide Stars Could Be First-Round Picks in 2013 NFL Draft?

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Alabama Football: Which Tide Stars Could Be First-Round Picks in 2013 NFL Draft?
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Barrett Jones spurned the NFL draft to return for his senior season, but his stock may rise even higher if he plays center at a high level this season.

Alabama’s recent dominance in college football since Nick Saban arrived at the Capstone has carried over to the NFL draft—where the Crimson Tide have had four former stars selected in the first round each of the last two years, and at least one first-round pick in each of the last four drafts. 

Despite the loss of eight players that were taken in April’s draft, the Alabama roster is still littered with plenty of talent—including another impressive group of draft-eligible prospects that have a chance to add to the current streak of first-round picks produced by the Crimson Tide in the last two seasons.

This year’s crop of Alabama stars may not include a sure-fire top five selection like Trent Richardson or Marcell Dareus, but the offensive line unit will be a group that has NFL scouts drooling—with three potential first-round choices (center Barrett Jones, tackle D.J. Fluker and guard Chance Warmack) lining up for the Crimson Tide this fall. 

On defense, safety Robert Lester and defensive tackle Jesse Williams headline a solid group of players that could play their way into the first-round with big seasons in 2012. 

Heading into the season, which players have the best chance to add their names to the list of 11 first-round choices produced by Saban in his tenure at Alabama? 

Find out as CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Rob Rang helps me break down the next wave of Crimson Tide talent that could land in the NFL next season. 

Sanjay Kirpalani is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.

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