Alabama’s underclassmen have begun to depart for the NFL draft. Four players declared for the draft today, including star defensive lineman and potential top-five pick Quinnen Williams. Offensive lineman Jonah Williams and running back Josh Jacobs also declared for the draft in a Friday news conference.
Tight end Irv Smith Jr., who was not present, announced his decision on Twitter. Alabama coach Nick Saban said that Smith couldn’t be there because he was going to the wedding of fellow tight end Hale Hentges.
Quinnen Williams was arguably the most dominant defensive player in the country. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Birmingham, Alabama, native won the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman in college football, and finished the season with 71 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 8 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries. ESPN ranks him as the No. 2 draft-eligible prospect.