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Saturday, January 16, 2010
Alabama's Jackson turning pro

By staff

Alabama cornerback Kareem Jackson has joined teammate Rolando McClain in declaring for the NFL draft.

There were rumblings out in California during practice for the BCS National Championship Game that Jackson was leaning that way, and he admitted Friday that he'd already made up his mind before the game. That's despite Alabama coach Nick Saban advising him to come back for his senior season.

With Jackson turning pro, that leaves the Crimson Tide with only one returning starter in the secondary -- safety Mark Barron.

Jackson and South Carolina defensive end Clifton Geathers were the two most recent players from the SEC to declare for the draft. The deadline was Friday.

Here's the list of SEC underclassmen entering the draft:


CB Kareem Jackson

LB Rolando McClain


DE Carlos Dunlap

CB Joe Haden

TE Aaron Hernandez

C Maurkice Pouncey

S Major Wright


LB Rennie Curran

S Reshad Jones


S Chad Jones


QB Jevan Snead


DE Clifton Geathers


S Eric Berry