The inevitable turned into reality Thursday — Derrick Henry is headed to the NFL Draft. That and more in today’s installment of Alabama’s newsletter. Buckle up.
Here are 15 things to know:
- Henry’s playing days in Tuscaloosa are over.
- ESPN draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. doesn’t think Henry will go in the first round.
- He does think these four Alabama players will, though, and he had high praise for quarterback Jake Coker.
- Take a look back at the best moments of the unforgettable season that was 2015-16 for the Crimson Tide.
- ESPN analyst Peter Burns predicted Alabama would lose FIVE games this season. He’s laughing that one off now.
- Junior safety Eddie Jackson is returning for his senior year.
- So is linebacker Ryan Anderson.
- Check out the big-name recruits who will be making visits to Alabama this weekend.
- It seems possible that a former Alabama commit who decommitted in August could come back.
- According to a report Nick Saban has snagged a staffer away from Kirby Smart and UGA.
- Before the national title game, Lane Kiffin had an offer to serve as UCLA’s offensive coordinator. He declined it.
- Alabama will duke it out with Ole Miss to possibly land a recruit who decommitted from UGA.
- This kid has hops. Check out how athletic this Alabama recruit is.
- Saban visited a UGA commit, trying to get him to flip to Alabama.
- Would there be a plus side to tight end O.J. Howard leaving college early and heading to the draft?
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- It’s been a busy few days for Alabama basketball coach Avery Johnson. Johnson flew to Arizona to watch the Crimson Tide in the national championship game Monday before returning to his team, AL.com’s Michael Casagrande wrote.
- Speaking of Johnson and Alabama basketball, the Crimson Tide snapped South Carolina’s 15-game undefeated streak, Casagrande wrote.
- Take a look at some numbers comparing this year’s title team and last year’s semifinal team, from AL.com’s, also from Casagrande. The difference was in the defense.
- Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples went on camera to discuss what Saban’s future has in store.
- Is Saban a better coach than Bear Bryant was? ESPN’s Ivan Maisel thinks so.