AJ McCarron chose to stay in school rather than jump to the NFL. Then he watched as three QBs who one year before him made the same decision took a tumble on draft day.
Nick Saban hopes to get a clear view of his Crimson Tide and how they replace another crop of high NFL draft picks. Saturday's spring game is a good place to start.
Alabama offensive guard Athony Steen pitched the equivalent of 14 consecutive perfect games: no penalties and no sacks all season. It wasn't enough to get him much recognition on a stellar offensive line, however.
Alabama is known for getting underclassmen ready to play big-time college football, and many of them are already prepared to play in the NFL.
With several starters NFL-bound, Alabama has plenty of players lined up to fill the holes.
Their Crimson Tide careers over, Nick Saban's players find their coach has prepped them for the NFL's off-field demands.
Alabama and head coach Nick Saban continue to pick from the best of the best recruits because they win national titles and send a large group of players to the NFL.
It took a couple of months, but the loss of several key defenders to the NFL has finally cost Alabama, as the Crimson Tide has suffered from a lack of big plays.
ESPN college football and NFL draft analyst Kevin Weidl sits down wth TideNation to talk Alabama football after the Crimson Tide's latest dominating performance.
Alabama might have lost six defensive starters to the NFL, but that didn't stop the Crimson Tide from pushing around Michigan in a 41-14 rout.
There are a lot of highly regarded Alabama Crimson Tide recruits who never panned out, including Mike Ford, Star Jackson and Jimmy Johns.