The BCS National Championship may still be on the horizon, but several Alabama players are already trying to decide whether or not they will declare early for the 2012 NFL draft. Most should make the right choice, but others may not.
Some decisions by the players will be scrutinized, akin to the Tide's Kareem Jackson in the 2010 NFL draft.
Some saw it as foolish for him to declare early, but he was drafted 20th overall and has been the starter for the Houston Texans for two years now. The Texans are a top-five ranked defense in every major category this year.
There are some clandestine issues that could impact the players' decisions, but pundits and fans can only go by what seems obvious.
Here is an outside look at Alabama's non-seniors that have solid NFL draft stock and whether they should declare early.