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4 Alabama Crimson Tide players leaving for the NFL

Four Alabama Crimson Tide underclassmen announced Friday they are leaving school for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, running back Josh Jacobs and offensive lineman Jonah Williams made their announcements at a news conference in Tuscaloosa. Tight end Irv Smith Jr., who is out of town for a teammate’s wedding and was unable to attend the presser, is foregoing his final year of eligibility as well.

Quinnen Williams, a Wenonah High product and third-year sophomore, won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top interior lineman on either side of the ball. He and Jonah Williams were unanimous All-Americans and both are projected as early first-round draft picks.

Jacobs and Smith are also listed as potential late first-rounders in at least one mock draft. Jacobs tweeted this message shortly after his announcement:

“After much discussion with my family, coaches and mentors I have decided to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. I want to thank the University of Alabama and my teammates for an incredible three years. Thank you @UofAlabama @AlabamaFTBL I’m out.”

Defensive lineman Raekwon Davis and cornerback Trevon Diggs have already announced they’re returning to Alabama.


Quinnen Williams

Josh Jacobs

Jonah Williams


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