TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Although there’s still a long way to go in the 2018 college football season, it’s already beginning to look like Alabama could have yet another huge showing in the 2019 NFL Draft.
According to last week’s Draft Slant newsletter by NFLDraftScout.com, six Crimson Tide players were ranked in the top 30 of its draft board.
That doesn’t necessarily translate to a first-round projection, but it’s a strong indication of their potential and the kind of talent Nick Saban has stockpiled on the 2018 Crimson Tide.
Three players were listed atop their position rankings: offensive tackle Jonah Williams, safety Deionte Thompson and running back Damien Harris.
The other three top-30 players were defensive linemen Raekwon Davis, and Quinnen Williams and linebacker Mack Wilson.
All but Harris would have to declare themselves eligible and forego their final year(s) at Alabama. Saban generally encourages his players to go if they’re projected to be a first-round selection, but to otherwise stay in school.
Also listed in the position rankings were linebackers Christian Miller and Anfernee Jennings, and offensive linemen Ross Pierschbacher and Lester Cotton.
That’s already 10 players, plus Alabama has seniors like defensive end Isaiah Buggs and tight end Hale Hentges, along with some juniors who might have difficult decision like cornerback Trevon Diggs, tight end Irv Smith Jr. and running back Josh Jacobs.
Usually when a program has an exceptional draft with double-digit selections there’s a drop-off during the subsequent years.
In 2017, Alabama tied the school record with 10 selections, bet set NFL records with seven players among the first 55 selections and nine in the initial 79.
During this past draft, the Crimson Tide set a new program record with 12 selections.
Off to a 5-0 start, Alabama is ranked No. 1 in all major polls and leads the nation in scoring offense.
After opening weekend the NFL announced that there were 44 former Crimson Tide players on active rosters, which led all college programs by five.