A trio of Alabama players – Cam Robinson, ArDarius Stewart, and Marlon Humphrey – have decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.
For most programs, the loss of players of high quality such as Cam Robinson, ArDarius Stewart, and Marlon Humphrey would be hard to overcome. This is Alabama under Nick Saban though, and the Crimson Tide will reload immediately.
Saban announced at a press conference on Friday that the three will forgo their eligibility and enter the 2017 NFL Draft; a move that surprised no one.
Robinson is listed as the top offensive tackle in a lot of pre-draft rankings, projected to be a left tackle at the next level. He was the 2016 Outland Trophy winner, which is awarded to the nation’s top interior lineman, and was elected All-SEC the past two seasons.
Humphrey is a hard-hitting cornerback that is rated as high as the No. 2 prospect at his position. He recorded 36 tackles, including six for a loss this season while also interception two passes and taking one back for a touchdown.
As a junior this past season, Stewart caught 54 passes for 864 yards and eight touchdowns. Meeting with the media after the press conference, Stewart said he is currently projected to go in the second round, but he “hopes to improve that with a good combine.”
The trio join a vaunted group of players that have left Alabama early for the draft during the Saban era, including Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper, among others.