Alabama Football 2013 NFL Draft Tracker and Analysis
The Alabama draft factory continues to produce top talent with at least seven players likely to be taken on draft weekend.
This is a look into Crimson Tide’s draft class for 2013. The Tide are losing a load of talent, and NFL GMs are thankful that they are.
Offensive linemen headline the class, but the group is also heavy with future defensive stars that helped Alabama win two consecutive national titles. This class is heavy with first rounders and could see at least three names called in the first day.
Note: Player profiles will be updated once drafted.
Dee Milliner: CB
Where He Was Selected: First round - Ninth Overall to the New York Jets
(Milliner is the de facto replacement for Darrelle Revis for the Jets in this years draft. He was a solid pick that will be an impact player from day one. He is a lengthy big-bodied corner that is a powerful hitter and great cover combo.)
Weight: 201 pounds
Dee Milliner is an elite corner who brings solid size and high-end speed to the corner position. His 4.37 40-yard dash was among the best at the NFL combine, and he is expected to be one of the first defenders taken in the draft.
Chance Warmack: OL
Where He Was Selected: First round - 10 Overall to the Tennessee Titans
(Warmack is a bulldozer from the guard position. He had a great career at Alabama and will continue that trend for the Titans. His speed at the combine was a concern, but his explosion and first step make up for it.)
Weight: 317 pounds
Chance Warmack is the best interior line prospect in the draft for 2013.
The Crimson Tide were able to build a bruising interior ground game behind Warmack and his fellow linemen. Warmack was a center piece for the best offensive line unit in the country this past fall.
He is NFL-ready and is extremely powerful at his base. He will be an early contributor who stays in the league for a while.
No matter who lands Warmack, his work ethic will pay dividends early. His pro-ready frame will have him battling for time in 2013.
D.J. Fluker: OT
Where He Was Selected: First round - 11 Overall to the San Diego Chargers
(D.J. Fluker is a stud offensive tackle. He is flexible enough to play both sides of the line and will be an immediate impact player for this franchise. Fluker has a fierce first punch that will bounce defensive linemen off their track.)
Weight: 339 pounds
Fluker is a well-rounded prospect who was able to anchor the Alabama line for three seasons. He has good length and solid footwork, and he has violent hands at the point of attack.
Eddie Lacy: RB
Where He Was Selected: Second round - 61 Overall to the Green Bay Packers
Weight: 231 pounds
The 2013 draft is loaded with running backs who are ready to step in and play, and Eddie Lacy appears to be one of them. The former Tide back departed after a solid junior season that helped the Tide win a second consecutive national title.
He had a really subpar pro day in Tuscaloosa where he lacked stamina and wasn’t overly impressive with his speed.
There were drills that were cut short due to his lack of finish, according to reports (h/t Tuscaloosa News), with NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks saying that he was “disappointed in stamina and conditioning. Stopped twice during workout to catch breath. Didn't give maximum effort in drills. No finish.”
Barrett Jones: OL
Where He Was Selected: Fourth round - 113 Overall to the St. Louis Rams
Weight: 306 pounds
Barrett Jones was an all-everything-type player for Alabama during his tenure on the Capstone. Jones played all three positions along the line, and he is intelligent enough to make up for his lack of elite NFL athleticism.
Over the past four years, Jones has been a part of some very talented lines and has blocked for a trio of talented and successful backs. He will be a serviceable lineman in the NFL and should become a longtime contributor once he hits the starting lineup.
An injury to his left foot (h/t DetroitLions.com) may hurt his draft stock, but he is still considered to be the best center in the draft class.
Jesse Williams: DT
Where He Was Selected: Fifth round - 137 Overall to the Seattle Seahawks
Weight: 323 pounds
Williams is an anchor of a defensive lineman. He will fit well in the Seahawks scheme, adding a run-plug dimension to the defense.
Whatever team lands Williams will haul in a solid immediate performer who can fill in with spot play throughout his rookie season.
Nico Johnson: ILB
Where He Was Selected: Fourth round - 99 Overall to the Kansas City Chiefs
Weight: 248 pounds
There are players that blow you away with flashy play at linebacker, and then there are guys that go to work and help a team win without fanfare or fireworks.
Johnson is that player. He is a huge addition for the Chiefs defense.
He is expected to be another solid contributor at linebacker who has come out of Alabama recently, and he has all the skills to be a contributor immediately at the next level.
Quinton Dial: DE
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Where He Was Selected: Fifth round - 157 Overall to the San Francisco 49ers
Weight: 318 pounds
Quinton Dial was a solid 3-4 end for the Crimson Tide over the past few seasons. He was able to help anchor one of the best rushing defenses in the country.
Dial is not a prospect that blows away the scouts with any particular drill or skill, but he is a serviceable player who fills roles well inside the 3-4 scheme.
His draft status wasn’t high before, but his health shouldn’t be a major concern heading into selection day.
Michael Williams: TE
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Where He Was Selected: Seventh round - 211 Overall to the Detroit Lions
Weight: 278 pounds
Michael Williams was able to put together a solid senior season for Alabama as a blocking tight end, but he was never flashy as a playmaker.
A solid pass-catcher, Williams has proven to be effective in the red zone against quality defensive secondaries. His biggest issues come when he is asked to make plays with his feet in the open field.
Williams will not be an every-down passing threat in the NFL, and that will hurt his stock, but his ability to lay out defenders and pave pathways for running backs makes him a proven commodity.
He is a solid prospect with sure hands who will be a nice addition to the Lions.
Robert Lester: S
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Where He Was Selected: TBD
Weight: 220 pounds
Robert Lester is not a well-known name in the draft talk currently, but he is a solid safety prospect that could land in the later rounds of the draft.
Alabama is always loaded with talented secondary players, and Lester is one of the two looking for an NFL future in this draft.
He has been a serviceable player at Alabama and was a ball hawk throughout his career.
Like other Alabama players in this year’s draft, he has failed to impress the scouts when given the opportunity. Lisa Horne of Bleacher Report (via Twitter) was not impressed with his on-field drills for the scouts:
Robert Lester has not been impressive in on field drills so far.— Lisa Horne (@LisaHorne) February 26, 2013
He isn’t expected to be among the draft elite, but he will be a solid pickup for any team looking to shore up the secondary and special teams.