TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football cornerback Marlon Humphrey announced his plan to enter the NFL Draft on Friday.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is Jan. 16.
Humphrey, a two-year starter at cornerback for Alabama, leaves school after his redshirt sophomore season. The former 5-star prospect departs Tuscaloosa having won three SEC championships and one national championship.
Humphrey was named a first-team All-American by the FWAA after being named a freshman All-American by the service last season.
Humphrey finished the year with 36 total tackles, including 3 tackles for loss. He added 2 interceptions, 5 pass breakups and a forced fumble.
CBSSports.com currently lists Humphrey as the 20th overall prospect and the second-best cornerback in this draft class. In a mock draft posted on Thursday, CBSSports.com draft analyst Rob Rang projected Humphrey to land in Kansas City as the No. 30 overall pick by the Chiefs.
At 6-foot-1, 196 pounds, Humphrey has the prototypical size for what NFL teams seek in cornerbacks. Humphrey is also physical against the run and is very fast given his track background.
Humphrey must improve on playing the ball in the air at the next level. That was something he struggled with during his time at Alabama.
Potential replacements for Marlon Humphrey
Alabama has a ton of young talent in its secondary to compete for the opportunity to replace Humphrey next season. Aaron Robinson is among top options to replace Humphrey at this point.
If they wanted, Alabama coaches could move Minkah Fitzpatrick back to cornerback. Fitzpatrick spent the second half of the season at safety. Tony Brown could slide from nickel defensive back to cornerback if necessary.
Shyheim Carter, Jared Mayden and Nigel Knott are options as well. Kyrig McDonald is an early enrollee who could push for playing time.