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Surprise, Surprise… Not really!  Alabama has three top-rated players to announce that they are skipping their senior season and entering the NFL draft.  Running back Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner attended a press conference with Head Coach Nick Saban today to make the expected announcement.  Coach Nick Saban says right tackle D.J. Fluker couldn’t be there but made the same decision.

Milliner is considered a potentially early first-round pick.  He earned unanimous first team All-American and All-SEC honors and was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski trophy (defensive player of the year) and Jim Thorpe award (nation’s top defensive back).  Milliner led the nation in passes defended (22) and breakups (20) and is expected to be one of the top 10 players selected in the NFL draft.

Fluker helped to “pancake” the way for Lacy and Yeldon to set a school record with both backs gaining over 1000-yards each on the season.  He has 35 career starts and started all 13 games in the 2012 season as right tackle.  Fluker has several honors and recognitions behind him including Walter Camp and AP second team All-American and first-team All-SEC honors.  The big right tackle, who would walk off the field after games motioning and saying “it’s time to EAT”, only missed 11 assignments in 728 offensive plays this season.  The 6’6, 335-pounder was part of easily the most talented offensive line in college football and he has been the starting right tackle for the past 3 years at Alabama.  Fluker is likely late-first, early-second round pick and the No. 4 offensive tackle in his class according to NFL scouts.

Lacy continues the line of Junior running backs leaving early for the NFL behind Ingram and Richardson in 2010 and 2011.  He assumed the role of the Tide’s feature back this season earning him first team All-SEC honors.  The bruising running back started all 13 games while rushing for a team-high 1,322 yards on 204 carries.  His draft status skyrocketed in the last half of the season at which point Lacy had great performances against tougher opponents.  Lacy had 181 yards in the SEC Championship Game, when he was MVP and he had 140 yards in the BCS National Championship game, when he was Offensive MVP as well.  Lacy’s put his signature spin move on display as he scored his second touchdown of the BCS game this year with two Notre Dame defenders were grasping at air.  Lacy, like Fluker, may be a late-first, early-second round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

 

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