These four Alabama underclassmen have declared for the 2021 NFL draft

Jaylen Waddle 2021 NFL Draft

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.

They are CB Patrick Surtain II, WR Jaylen Waddle, DT Christian Barmore, and QB Mac Jones.

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.

Bryan Perez

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