The Alabama Crimson Tide enjoyed a remarkable national championship season in 2020 despite the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Coach Nick Saban and the entire Alabama staff deserve a ton of credit for how they navigated the novel coronavirus, but there were four underclassmen who stepped up and played a massive part in the Crimson Tide’s undefeated campaign.
All four announced Thursday that they’re entering the 2021 NFL Draft.
All four have a chance to be first-round picks. Surtain is a lock to come off the board in the top 10 and Waddle should hear his name called not long after that. Jones, while more of a Day 2 prospect on film, is expected to be a first-rounder because of the number of quarterback-needy teams at the start of the offseason, and Barmore silenced all of his critics with a dominant playoff run that was as good as any interior defensive lineman has had all season.
And while losing four critical players like this would normally mean a long and painful rebuild is on the horizon, this is Alabama. They’ll be right back in the national championship mix in 2021.