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NFL Draft analyst has four Alabama players in first round of upcoming draft

Alabama defensive back Terrion Arnold (3) runs the ball against USF at Raymond James in Tampa, FL on Saturday, Sep 16, 2023.
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Nick Saban retired from coaching football at the University of Alabama, but we he have four new first-round draft picks?

A few NFL Draft analysts have put mock draft projections together. Lance Zierlein, an analyst for, has four Crimson Tide star players projected as first-rounders in April. He has two players, Terrion Arnold and JC Latham, going in the top 10 at Nos. 8 and 10 respectively. Zierlein has Arnold projected to the Los Angeles Chargers and Latham to the New York Jets.

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Dallas Turner, an edge rusher, projects at No. 16 to the Seattle Seahawks. He led Alabama’s defense in tackles for loss (14.5), sacks (10), and quarterback hurries (13) in 2o23. Turner also had two forced fumbles and a pass breakup to go with 53 tackles.

Zierlein has Kool-Aid McKinstry, a cornerback, projected at No. 22 to the Philadelphia Eagles. 

If all four go in the first round, Saban would have produced 48 first-round picks since 2008.

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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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