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Tide Juniors declare for the NFL

0008The time is upon college football fans where their beloved favorite upperclassmen declare for the draft.

The Crimson Tide is no exception with two of its top players declaring today. Junior offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and junior safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix both have decided to enter themselves in the 2014 NFL draft.

Kouandjio, who is probably considered to be one of Alabama’s best offensive lineman this season, is expected to go in the middle to late first round of the draft. Kouandjio, 6’5 305lbs, had a reported body fat of 16% and is one of the most athletic lineman in the country. His play was sometimes inconsistent, but seemed to improve more and more as the season went on. All of these factors should stand out to NFL scouts.

The Outland Trophy Semifinalist started in each of game for Alabama the past two seasons and is listed as the fourth-best offensive tackle available in the draft. Leon Brown would seem to be the logical candidate to fill the left tackle spot left by Kouandjio, but with him playing fairly well at right guard in the Sugar Bowl with limited time to prepare and with Cam Robinson, the No. 1-ranked offensive lineman in the 2014 class coming in, the competition could heat up this coming August.

Clinton-Dix is arguably the top safety in the nation. He was a two year starter with the Crimson Tide and his fame rose late in the 2012 season when he had two interceptions in the last two games of the season against Georgia and Notre Dame. This season Clinton-Dix recorded two interceptions and 52 tackles. He was also suspended for two games this season for accepting benefits from an Alabama staff member. Like his junior counterpart he is also expected to go in the first round of the draft.

Clinton-Dix is listed as the No. 1 safety and the No. 2 defensive back among draft-eligible players.  Landon Collins, finished out the season as a full-time starter as a sophomore this season.  He finished second on the team in tackles (70), tied for first in interceptions (2) and No. 1 in total passes defended (8).  Other competing and that are likely to see action at the free safety position will be Vinnie Sunseri for sure and possibly incoming freshman Keith Holcombe.

The rest of Alabama’s juniors are set to declare for the draft in a press conference today at 4:30. Although the Crimson Tide is losing several key members of their team, Tide fans shouldnt be too concerned. Alabama is on pace to have the third straight #1 recruiting class in the nation.


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