Alabama Football: Projecting Draft Status for 'Bama's Top Pro Prospects

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Alabama Football: Projecting Draft Status for 'Bama's Top Pro Prospects
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Alabama football produces a bevy of first-round NFL prospects every year, and 2013 is no different.

Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack and Eddie Lacy are just a few of the players who will be drafted by pro teams, but where will they land?

Warmack didn't look great at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, and Lacy wasn't able to participate in drills because he's nursing a hamstring (h/t ESPN's Adam Schefter). Still, both players are considered to be the top players at their positions.

Milliner has long been considered the top cornerback in this year's draft class, and he didn't do anything to dispel that notion with a blazing-fast 40-yard dash—a run that clocked in at 4.37 seconds, making him the second-fastest cornerback in Indy.

Let's take a look at where these three former Crimson Tide studs are most likely to land this upcoming April when the draft commences in New York City.

 

Dee Milliner, Cornerback

Already considered to be one of the best players in the country before the combine, Milliner boosted his already hot stock with his 40 time of 4.37 seconds.

He is an exceptionally skilled cover corner with ideal size for the pro game (6'0", 201 pounds). Milliner struggled with the field drills at the combine, bobbling a few passes, but his footwork was rock-solid. 

Messing up during the field drills won't hurt his draft stock. Milliner is a corner, not a receiver, and his 22 passes defended during the 2012 season proves that his ball skills are exemplary. He may not lead the NFL in interceptions, but if he can continue batting down passes and sticking to his man like glue, it won't matter.

 

Where Will He Land?

Cornerbacks aren't typically taken in the Top 5, but the Philadelphia Eagles and Detroit Lions both have a need for secondary help. 

That said, it seems more likely that Milliner will be drafted by the Cleveland Browns at No. 6 or the New York Jets at No. 9 (if the Jets trade Darrelle Revis, that is).  

There's always the possibility that a team like the San Francisco 49ers trades up into the Top 10 to land him, too. 

 

Chance Warmack, Offensive Guard

As we already alluded to, Warmack didn't put on a good show at the combine. 

He posted one of the worst 40 times of any offensive lineman and looked to be laboring during field drills. 

That said, all scouts have to do is take a look at Warmack's tape to see what kind of devastation they should expect from him in the NFL. He's a prototypical pulling guard who lays out many defenders who try to take him on.

Warmack will be an instant starter in 2013, provided he stays healthy.

 

Where Will He Land?

The Tennessee Titans will likely be the first team to consider Warmack, as the Tennessean's Jim Wyatt recently reported that the franchise is open to drafting a guard in Round 1. 

After Tennessee, the likeliest landing spots for Warmack are the Carolina Panthers (No. 14) and the St. Louis Rams (No. 16). 

 

Eddie Lacy, Running Back

Lacy is the only running back with a real chance to be selected in Round 1 this year.

The powerful young man with a glorious spin move wasn't able to run at the combine, so he'll need to really put on a show during his pro day on March 13. 

Lacy really came on late for 'Bama last year, rushing for 131, 181 and 140 yards in his last three games while scoring five touchdowns on the ground. What he was able to do for the Crimson Tide against Notre Dame in the title game was awe-inspiring, and his stock has been soaring ever since.

Provided Lacy runs well at his pro day, he is likely to be selected somewhere in the bottom half of Round 1.

 

Where Will He Land?

The earliest Lacy will be selected is probably at No. 21, when the Cincinnati Bengals pick. Cincy already has BenJarvus Green-Ellis, but he's not a true featured back. 

After that, Lacy likely won't be taken until at least No. 26 when the Green Bay Packers pick, though the Packers have many other needs. 

If the Atlanta Falcons don't pick up Steven Jackson via free agency, Lacy could be taken with the No. 30 overall pick and end up on a championship contender.

 

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