For the eighth consecutive year, the SEC led all conferences with the most NFL draft picks. When all was said and done on Saturday, the SEC had 49 former athletes selected. In 2013, the SEC had a league-record 63 players drafted, and after last year's draft, the league averaged 48.
about 221 days ago | Edward Aschoff | Texas A&M Aggies
Auburn defensive end Dee Ford made the biggest splash of the SEC players at the Reese's Senior Bowl. He was impressive all week during the practices and walked away from the game with MVP honors after recording a pair of sacks and several other hurries.
about 325 days ago | Chris Low | Alabama Crimson Tide
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Nick Saban likes to refer to the NFL draft as a "business decision." Of course he'd love it if his most talented players finished out their eligibility at Alabama, but the promise of long-term financial security is enough to sway even his most selfish ambitions.
about 329 days ago | Alex Scarborough | Alabama Crimson Tide
Editor's note: This is Part III in a weeklong series looking at the five most pressing concerns Alabama faces this offseason. TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With so many big-picture items on Alabama's to-do list this offseason, it's no wonder we're seeing a shakeup on the coaching staff.
about 338 days ago | Alex Scarborough | Alabama Crimson Tide
Two handy reminders: College football underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the NFL draft, which will be May 8 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. James Franklin appears to have a choice between taking the Penn State job or staying at Vanderbilt.
about 343 days ago | Jeff Barlis | Texas A&M Aggies
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It happens every year now, so don't act surprised. If you're an Alabama fan, deal with it. If you're not, don't weep for the Crimson Tide, either. Coach Nick Saban has lost multiple underclassmen to the NFL before, so Thursday's news that safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, linebacker Adrian Hubbard and defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan will all leave school early is no insurmountable thing.
about 343 days ago | Alex Scarborough | Alabama Crimson Tide
Trey DePriest cut the list of possible departures by one when he announced that he would return for his senior season. But the list was, according to Alabama coach Nick Saban, already in the double digits as Alabama's notoriously tight-lipped head coach said before the Sugar Bowl that as many as 10 players were interested in their NFL futures and would look into receiving a draft projection from the league's advisory board.
about 346 days ago | Alex Scarborough | Alabama Crimson Tide
Maybe the loss at Auburn was a warning shot. Or was it the narrow victory at Texas A&M? Possibly the lackluster performances against Colorado State and Mississippi State? Whenever the signs came that Alabama wasn't all it was cracked up to be, very few, if anyone, saw it coming.
about 350 days ago | Alex Scarborough | Alabama Crimson Tide