Alabama’s Jones, Waddle, Barmore, Surtain declare

4 key Alabama underclassmen are heading to the 2021 NFL draft.

Defensive lineman Christian Barmore, quarterback Mac Jones, defensive again Patrick Surtain II and extensive receiver Jaylen Waddle all introduced Thursday that they have been leaving faculty. Their bulletins come three days after Alabama capped a 13-Zero season with a nationwide championship win over Ohio State.

Jones put himself within the first-round dialog with a stellar redshirt junior season in 2020. He was 311-of-402 passing for 4,500 yards and 41 TDs to simply 4 interceptions in his solely season as a full-time starter. Jones had simply two video games all season the place he accomplished lower than 70 p.c of his passes and didn’t have a multi-interception sport all season.

Jones was 26-of-45 for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns within the nationwide title victory over Ohio State. He first assumed the function of Alabama’s starter close to the tip of the 2019 season when Tua Tagovailoa suffered a hip damage in opposition to Mississippi State.

Whereas Jones received’t be on the high of the quarterback listing for the 2021 draft with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and BYU’s Zach Wilson, he’ll doubtless be seen as a QB choice for groups choosing within the again half of the primary spherical.

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones passes against Ohio State during the second half of an NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game, Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones threw for 5 TDs in opposition to Ohio State. (AP Photograph/Chris O’Meara)

Waddle returned for the nationwide championship sport and had three catches for 34 yards regardless of a noticeable limp. He missed seven video games after struggling a damaged ankle whereas returning the opening kickoff in opposition to Tennessee.

In six video games, Waddle had 28 catches for 591 yards and 4 touchdowns. He was thought-about by many to be Heisman winner DeVonta Smith’s equal at receiver whereas the 2 gamers have been wholesome. As a sophomore in 2019, Waddle had 33 catches for 560 yards and 6 touchdowns. His most efficient season got here as a freshman when he had 45 catches for 848 yards and 7 touchdowns. He’ll even be seen as a possible first-round choose.

Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore (58) celebrates a sack against Notre Dame during the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game in Arlington, Texas, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore is heading to the NFL. (AP Photograph/Michael Ainsworth)

Christian Barmore was defensive MVP of title sport

Each of the star defensive gamers that declared for the draft on Thursday will likely be potential first-round picks too.

Barmore and Surtain have been two of probably the most dominant members of Alabama’s protection. Barmore’s efficiency in opposition to Ohio State on Monday evening was so good that he was named the defensive participant of the sport.

The redshirt sophomore had 5 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. His deal with for loss on an Ohio State fourth-down conversion try snuffed any sensible probabilities the Buckeyes had of successful the sport.

Surtain is the son of the previous NFL cornerback of the identical identify. He had 37 tackles and three.5 tackles for loss in 2020 together with an interception that he returned for 25 yards and a TD in opposition to Mississippi State. Few groups dared throw in Surtain’s path all through the season and he ended the season with at the very least one go defensed in 5 straight video games.

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