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Stephen’s projected risers, fallers and sleepers of Alabama football for 2021 NFL Draft

Mac Jones drops back for a pass against Texas A&M
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics/SEC Media Portal

For a second straight season, Touchdown Alabama Magazine is doing draft projections for Alabama players.

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We take draft-eligible athletes for the Crimson Tide and project which round they could be selected in. Each week during the college football season, yours truly of TDA evaluates the performance of each player.

The draft projections column on the site,, can be found on the lower right-hand side labeled “Draft Projections.”

We have 22 players in the database and through six games, I have projected the biggest risers, fallers and sleepers for the NFL Draft to this point.

Risers – Players who have made the biggest jump

Mac Jones, QB

Najee Harris, RB

DeVonta Smith, WR

Landon Dickerson, OL

Patrick Surtain II, CB

Summary: Mac Jones has made the biggest jump of any draft-eligible player for Alabama this season.

During the summer, the idea was that Bryce Young (true freshman) would win the starting job at quarterback. However, the redshirt junior earned the spot and Jones has exceeded expectations. Through six games, he has the Crimson Tide boasting the best scoring offense (47.2 ppg) and total offense (555.2 ypg) in the Southeastern Conference while being undefeated.

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Jones also leads the SEC in completion percentage (78.5), passing yards (2,196), passer rating (210.3) and total quarterback rating (95.5).

He has 16 touchdowns to two interceptions, and is a candidate for multiple individual awards — including the Heisman Memorial Trophy.

If he wins the Heisman, Jones would become the first quarterback in school history to win it.

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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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