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Louis Riddick expects DeMarcco Hellams to be a major impact player by year three in the NFL

DeMarcco Hellams (#2) celebrates a pass breakup for Alabama in 2021 SEC Championship Game
Photo by Skylar Lien via SEC Media Portal

He was one of the top tacklers for Alabama football from 2020 to last season.

DeMarcco Hellams, a former Crimson Tide safety, finished 2022 as the team’s leading tackler (108).

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He also had three tackles for loss, a sack, seven pass breakups, a quarterback hurry, a forced fumble, and an interception.

Hellams had a team-tying three interceptions in 2021 for the Tide.

The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder assisted Alabama to a College Football Playoff National Championship in 2020 and two Southeastern Conference Championships in 2020 and 2021. As a native of Washington, D.C., Hellams got taken in the seventh round of the NFL Draft. He was the seventh pick of the seventh round and No. 224 overall. 

Louis Riddick, an ESPN NFL analyst, sees Hellams as a major impact player by his third year in the league.

Riddick, a former pro scout and player, sees big things from the former Alabama defensive back.

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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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