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Projecting former Alabama football stars for NFL Draft next week

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He has placed 77 student-athletes in the NFL Draft since 2008 – including 26 first-rounders – and now, Nick Saban is about to position the next wave of talent from Alabama football to the National Football League on next week. 

With the draft scheduled to start on Thursday, April 25 from Nashville, Tenn., numerous draft analysts have the Crimson Tide with four projected first-round selections.

The quartet of Quinnen Williams, Josh Jacobs, Jonah Williams and Irv Smith Jr., were all successful at Alabama, helping the school win a conference championship and a national title in 2017.

All four players have visited with different franchises and have various coaches in love with their respective style of play. While the Tide has more than four entering the draft, yours truly of Touchdown Alabama Magazine breaks down where each marquee player may end up.

REALTED: Alabama RB has developed a mixture of speed and power to his game

Quinnen Williams, DL 

Projection: First round (Top-5 pick) 

Teams that want him: 49ers, Jets, Cardinals, Raiders 

Best fit: New York Jets, No. 3 overall 

Summary: For the New York Jets, the franchise appears to finally be ready to break out of New England Patriots’ shadow that has dominated the AFC East for decades.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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