Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Five Alabama players officially declare for NFL draft

Today is the final day for underclassmen to declare for the 2014 NFL draft. With the draft class being officially sealed for this year, a total of five Crimson Tide players who played a vital role on the 2013 squad, will attempt to take the next step and begin a career in professional football.

Giving formal announcements at a press conference held last week, safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio, linebacker Adrian Hubbard, and defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan, each made public declarations for the NFL while giving thanks to those who had helped them along the way.

Sunday afternoon, in a more informal fashion, reports began to surface, and were later confirmed, that safety Vinnie Sunseri would also be throwing his name into the ring for the 2014 NFL draft. Sunseri, who suffered a season ending knee injury in mid October, had considered the idea of transferring to Florida State if he indeed decided to return to college for his senior season.
In respect to the conventional, "I'm returning for my senior season" category, that honor went to wide receiver DeAndrew White. While rumored that White would join Sunseri as the two "late declarations" to enter the draft, White instead tweeted that he would in fact be returning to Tuscaloosa for his senior season.
Since Nick Saban arrived at the University of Alabama in 2007, the declaration of five underclassmen to the next level is the highest of his Crimson Tide tenure.

Glen Coffee
Andre Smith

Kareem Jackson
Rolando McClain

Marcell Dareus
Mark Ingram
Julio Jones

Dont'a Hightower
Dre Kirkpatrick
Trent Richardson

D.J. Fluker
Eddie Lacy
Dee Milliner

HaHa Clinton-Dix
Adrian Hubbard
Cyrus Kouandjio
Jeoffrey Pagan
Vinnie Sunseri


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