Alabama Football: 3 Crimson Tide Studs with Huge NFL Futures on the Horizon
Since the arrival of Nick Saban, Alabama has produced highly talented NFL players. 2012 will be no different.
Last year's class was filled with talent on both sides of the ball, and it looks like this year's class will be that way as well.
In my estimation, the surefire NFL-caliber players will come from the trenches—offensive and defensive lines.
Here's a look at some of the prospects from the Crimson Tide that are likely to have big-time NFL careers ahead of them.
Barrett Jones has played at every position on the line at Alabama, and his versatility has made him a likely top pick in the NFL draft.
Because of that versatility, he will be able to find a role with any NFL team looking for help on the offensive line. Players of Jones' ilk are hard to come by.
Look for him to be a hot commodity in the draft.
A mountain of a man, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker is a sight to behold.
His size alone (6'6'', 335 pounds) suggests he'll be an immediate hit in the NFL, but don't sleep on his ability. Fluker's footwork is solid for a player his size and allows him to play tackle at either side on the line.
While his pass-blocking may need some work, he's a road grader in run-blocking.
Besides his ridiculous strength, defensive tackle Jesse Williams' willingness to do the dirty work inside will certainly land him a spot on an NFL team.
Defensive linemen that fit multiple schemes are always good bets to get picked early in drafts, and Williams fits the bill.
He's ideal to play as a lineman in a 3-4, and he could do a lot of space-eating in a 4-3 as well.
His technique may need some work, but Alabama has a history of graduating defensive linemen to the next level.
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