Predicting Which Ex-Alabama Star Will Make the Best NFL Player
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Predicting which team selects a certain player is a difficult task. But selecting a player that will emerge to be Pro Bowler in his rookie season is even harder.
The University of Alabama has several players that are hoping to be drafted in the first round and become opening day starters. But only a few of those players will translate to stars once they get onto professional rosters.
Here we break down the three former Alabama studs that will make the best NFL players.
Dee Milliner, CB
Milliner is regarded as the draft's No. 1 cornerback.
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Dee Milliner is considered to be the top defensive back in 2013 draft class, and he is destined to be selected within the first 10 picks on Thursday, April 25.
Despite his injured shoulder (via Peter King of Sports Illustrated h/t NFL.com), Milliner will provide a team with a shutdown corner that isn't afraid to come up and help in run support.
At 6'0", 201 pounds, he is the prototypical size for today's NFL corner and possesses the speed—a 4.37 second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine—to keep up with the league's elite wide receivers.
He will be the next Saban-coached corner to be an everyday starter at the next level.
Chance Warmack, OG
Chance Warmack is arguably the best guard prospect coming out of college.
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Chance Warmack is considered by many to be one of the best prospects in the 2013 NFL Draft.
During his career with the Crimson Tide, he paved the way for two first-round running backs in Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Eddie Lacy could also become the third tailback to be chosen in the first round because of Warmack's efforts at left guard.
Warmack uses his strength and frame (6'2", 317 pounds) to direct defenders wherever he wants, opening up holes for the running game.
He will make an immediate impact on whichever teams chooses him in the first round.
Barrett Jones, OL
Barrett Jones was a renaissance man on the offensive line while at Alabama.
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Barrett Jones is capable of playing every position on the offensive line, as he was asked to do so in his tenure at Alabama. But the renaissance man from Memphis, Tenn. is more likely to play guard or center in the NFL.
Jones walked away from the college ranks as one of the most decorated players in college football history, and that factor alone will make him attractive to almost every NFL team.
He possesses the leadership qualities you want out of a center, and his knowledge of the game is unmatched. He is also a team player that will do whatever is necessary to win. Jones won three national championships at Alabama and played at a different spot on the offensive line in each championship season.
He is not going to be chosen in the first round, but he will be a key contributor on the offensive line for whatever team he falls to.