TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Expect to hear at lot of Alabama football players have their names called in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft.
That’s according to ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay, who projects that six Crimson Tide players will be taken in the first 32 picks. All six are slotted in the top 16 selections.
McShay released his first mock for the 2017 NFL Draft on Wednesday morning, and it was full of Alabama players. A lot will change between now and the draft, but McShay notes that this should serve as a premier for where draft boards stand and who the top prospects are.
McShay has Alabama star defensive lineman Jonathan Allen going No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Browns. Allen, who won the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy, is an All-American for the Tide. Allen returned to school for his senior season and has turned himself into one of the top NFL prospects in the country.
“Allen is a total game-plan wrecker along the defensive front (13 tackles for loss, 15 QB hurries),” McShay wrote on Allen.
Beyond Allen, McShay has Alabama linebacker Tim Williams at No. 6 overall, cornerback Marlon Humphrey at No. 8 overall, linebacker Reuben Foster at No. 11, left tackle Cam Robinson at No. 13 and tight end O.J. Howard at No. 16.
Williams, Foster and Howard are all seniors who returned for their final years of college to raise their draft profile.
Robinson is a true junior who could return to school, but considering he has started every game of his career at left tackle, it would be shocking for Robinson to return.
Humphrey is a redshirt sophomore who has started at cornerback the last two years. Humphrey struggled at times early on during the season, but his physical tools (size, speed and length) make him an ideal cornerback for the NFL. Humphrey is one of the top cornerback prospects in this draft class.