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Former Alabama CB preparing to become a star in the NFL

Alabama DB Eli Ricks (#7) celebrates a pass breakup versus Miss. State
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He did not have many starting opportunities for Alabama football, but Eli Ricks is preparing for the NFL Draft.

In one season with the Crimson Tide, the California native played 10 games — including five starts. He battled a shoulder injury coming from Louisiana State University, but Ricks earned his first start against Mississippi State. He totaled 13 tackles, a tackle for loss, and four pass breakups. All his breakups came against Mississippi State. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder decided to forgo another season of college and declare for the draft. He is training with Oliver Davis II, a defensive backs specialist, at Sweet Feet Performance Training. Davis said Ricks ‘might be the biggest sleeper at the cornerback position’ in this year’s draft.

He possesses the size, length, athleticism, and coverage skills to be an elite playmaker.

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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.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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