You’ll likely see many LSU and Alabama players in the NFL as rookies next season.
In an interesting post by NFL Media’s Chad Reuter, Alabama was listed at No. 2 and LSU No. 3 among the top five schools sending the most talent to the 2017 NFL Draft. Michigan is No. 1. After Alabama and LSU, Clemson and Ohio State round out the top five.
Click here to read the entire post, but here’s what Reuter had to say about the Crimson Tide and Tigers:
The Tide couldn’t quite finish off Clemson for their second straight championship, but as many as seven players from that squad have a chance to be first-round picks. That would be a record — Miami currently holds the record with six in 2004. It’s a top-heavy group, but teams will be pleased if Eddie Jackson and Dalvin Tomlinson slide to the third round due to injury (in Jackson’s case) or depth in their position groups.
It’s another talent-filled draft class for the Tigers, who have had the second-most players selected in the draft since 2005 (72, only behind USC’s 78). Jamal Adams and Leonard Fournette could give the school two top-five selections for the first time since 1960 (Billy Cannon, Johnny Robinson). Malachi Dupre and Davon Godchaux could prove to be excellent second- or third-round steals if team needs and the stacked underclassmen group prevent them from being called as early as expected.
It makes sense that Alabama and LSU would be listed here. The Crimson Tide are losing dynamic presences such as defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, linebackers Ryan Anderson and Reuben Foster, plus tight end O.J. Howard, cornerback Marlon Humphrey, offensive tackle Cam Robinson and more.
The Tigers, meanwhile, will move on without safety Jamal Adams, wide receiver Malachi Dupre, running back Leonard Fournette and center Ethan Pocic and more.
For what it’s worth, Reuter included Florida and Texas A&M in the “honorable mention” category.