ATLANTA — Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey has an important decision to make after the season.
Humphrey, a redshirt sophomore, is draft eligible and considered one of the top prospects in this draft class.
CBSSports.com lists Humphrey as the fifth-best player and the top defensive back for the 2017 NFL Draft.
“I’m just trying to focus on getting this Peach Bowl in, and when we get done with the season, I’ll think about that more in-depth,” Humphrey said Tuesday. “It’s not really difficult because that’s not going anywhere. It hasn’t been difficult, but it’s been kind of annoying just hearing about it all the time. That’s it.”
Humphrey has his father, Bobby Humphrey, to lean on for the draft process. Bobby Humphrey was a star running back at Alabama and in the NFL.
“Anytime he would bring it up, I tell him to not bring it up to me,” Humphrey said. “He hasn’t really had the opportunity to bring it up much to me.”
Humphrey has started 27 games throughout his career in Tuscaloosa. He’s developed into one of the premier defensive backs in the SEC, and was voted a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.
Humphrey scored the Crimson Tide’s first defensive touchdown of the season when he returned an interception 18 yards for a score against Southern Cal in the season opener on Sept. 3. Humphrey has 33 total tackles (25 solo) with 3 tackles for loss, 4 pass breakups, a forced fumble and 2 interception while allowing only 29 receptions against him in 12 games.
Humphrey was an FWAA Freshman All-American selection last season when he started all 15 games for the Crimson Tide.
Humphrey missed the SEC Championship Game due to a lingering hamstring injury. Alabama coach Nick Saban provided an update on Humphrey and star left tackle Cam Robinson.
“They doing fine. They’re doing well,” Saban said Monday. “They’ve practiced, for the most part, the whole time, so we’re encourage by the progress that they’ve made, the practice that they’ve had and the way they’ve gone about their work to be able to participate and do a good job in this game.”
Humphrey said he spent time working on his balance and strengthening the hamstring.
He’s feeling good after rehabbing and getting time off during the holiday break.
“It was good for everybody on the team to get some time off to heal up and rest up,” Humphrey said. “I hung out with my family. Won my family sing off. Spending time with family was good.”