With Derrick Henry and A’Shawn Robinson leaving early for the NFL, Alabama is still waiting on a trio of juniors — tight end O.J. Howard, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and linebacker Reuben Foster — to make their final decisions.
As the Monday deadline looms, Crimson Tide fans hope those players will join underclassmen such as Tim Williams, Eddie Jackson and Ryan Anderson, who all announced plans to return in 2016.
Howard, who had five catches for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the national championship game, is reportedly leaning toward playing another season for Nick Saban, according to AL.com‘s Matt Zenitz.
Allen reportedly received a second-round grade (Zenitz), but ESPN analyst Mel Kiper, Jr., had him going No. 19 overall to Buffalo in a mock draft earlier this week.
Kiper also made the assumption that Foster will be staying in Tuscaloosa one more year.
“When you think about Rolando McClain and Dont’a Hightower and C.J. Mosley, the next in line is Reggie Ragland, and then Reuben Foster next year will be a first-round possibility,” Kiper said. “I think it was smart for him to go back and be the leader of that defense as Reggie Ragland was.”