4 Alabama players declare for NFL Draft
Four Alabama players declared for the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday, including defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, the Outland Trophy winner who could be selected in the top five overall picks.
Joining him were offensive lineman Jonah Williams, tight end Irv Smith Jr. and running back Josh Jacobs.
All but Smith appeared Friday at a news conference with coach Nick Saban.
Quinnen Williams ended his season with 71 tackles, 19 1/2 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks in 15 games. He redshirted the 2016 season, and last season had 20 tackles in nine games. ESPN has ranked him as the No. 2 draft-eligible prospect.
“I believe it’s time for me to take the next step in my football career and declare for the draft,” Williams said.
Jonah Williams played 44 games in three seasons at Alabama. As a freshman, he was an All-SEC selection at right tackle, then moved to left tackle. He was a consensus All-American in 2018.
Smith had a breakout junior year in 2018 with 44 receptions for 710 yards (16.1 average) and seven touchdowns. Each of the latter figures set single-season records for an Alabama tight end. He also had 14 catches for 128 yards and three scores in 2017 after not recording any stats in nine games as a freshman.
The 5-foot-10 Jacobs had his most productive season in 2018. He rushed for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns and also caught 20 passes for 247 yards and three TDs. In his three seasons at Alabama, he compiled 2,062 total yards with 21 scores.
–Field Level Media
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