TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama‘s yearly exodus of underclassmen to the NFL began once more Friday when four gamers declared for the draft, together with star defensive lineman and probable leading-five choose Quinnen Williams.
Offensive lineman Jonah Williams and operating back again Josh Jacobs also declared for the draft in a Friday information convention. Limited close Irv Smith Jr., who was not existing, introduced his conclusion on Twitter.
— Irvin Smith Jr. (@swervinirvin_) January 11, 2019
Alabama coach Nick Saban said that Smith could not be there due to the fact he was heading to the wedding ceremony of fellow restricted close Hale Hentges.
Quinnen Williams was arguably the most dominant defensive participant in the state just after actively playing sparingly final season and redshirting the season ahead of. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Birmingham, Alabama, indigenous received the Outland Trophy, provided to the most effective interior lineman in higher education football, and completed the season with 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for decline, 8 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. ESPN ranks him as the No. 2 draft-qualified prospect.
“I feel it truly is time for me to consider the upcoming phase in my football occupation and declare for the draft,” Williams said.
Jonah Williams, whom ESPN ranks as the No. 12 draft-qualified prospect, started off each recreation in his Alabama occupation, to start with at correct tackle, wherever he was a Freshman All-SEC choice, and then at left tackle, wherever he was a unanimous All-American final season. The 6-5, 301-pound junior from California surrendered just two sacks in 831 offensive snaps in the course of the normal season and SEC championship recreation.
Jacobs, a 5-10, 216-pound junior from Oklahoma, started off only one particular recreation this season, but he completed powerful and wound up dashing for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns to go alongside with 20 catches for 247 yards and a few TDs.
Smith, ESPN’s No. 2-rated restricted close, relished a breakout season just after catching just 14 passes as a sophomore. He pulled in 44 passes for 710 yards and seven touchdowns in 2018. He is the son of Irv Smith Sr., a former to start with-spherical choose of the New Orleans Saints who invested seven seasons in the NFL.