Alabama trio to finalize jump to NFL
January, 11, 2013
By Chris Low | ESPN.com
The feeling in and around the Alabama football program coming out of its 42-14 win over Notre Dame in the Discover BCS National Championship was that offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, running back Eddie Lacy and cornerback Dee Milliner had all played their final games for the Crimson Tide and would declare early for the NFL draft.
The school has called a news conference for Friday at noon ET, and all three are expected to make it official and announce that they're headed to the NFL. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Tuesday.
Milliner is expected to be the top cornerback taken in the draft. He's No. 10 overall on ESPN analyst Mel Kiper's latest Big Board of the top 25 draft prospects. Kiper has Lacy rated as the No. 2 junior running back in the draft, while Fluker is rated as the No. 3 junior offensive tackle in the draft.
On Thursday, two of the SEC's top offensive linemen announced that they were returning to school for their senior seasons. Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews and Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson both said that they would be back.
Counting the three Alabama juniors, that's 32 SEC underclassmen making the jump this year. Six of those underclassmen are ranked among the top 10 prospects on Kiper's latest Big Board:
1. Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones
2. Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore
3. Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
7. Georgia LB Alec Ogletree
8. LSU DE Barkevious Mingo
10. Alabama CB Dee Milliner.
Below is an updated team-by-team list of the SEC underclassmen leaving early for the NFL draft:
- OT D.J. Fluker
- RB Eddie Lacy
- CB Dee Milliner
- OT Luke Joeckel
- DE Damontre Moore
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Illinois 18 Louisiana Tech 35 Final Rutgers 40 North Carolina 21 Final North Carolina State 34 UCF 27
Final Cincinnati 17 Virginia Tech 33 Final 15 Arizona State 36 Duke 31 Final Miami (FL) 21 South Carolina 24 Final/OT Boston College 30 Penn State 31 Final Nebraska 42 24 USC 45
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State