We’ve got you covered on this weekend’s draft, as we preview the upcoming college football recruiting cycle, and we’ll be covering every position in the college football world as it happens.
So let’s dive in.
The first draft pick is in the form of Alabama linebacker Shaq Lawson, who has the best chance of getting drafted with a Top 10 pick in the draft.
His ceiling is at least a second-round pick, and he’s a huge reason why the Crimson Tide can have so much success this season.
Lawson has more sacks and tackles than any other Alabama linebacker, and with a pair of Top 5 overall picks in Leonard Fournette and Jaleel Johnson, Lawson should be a top-three pick at the next pick.
If he goes No. 1 overall, he’d be the most productive Alabama linebacker in decades.
He’s a freak athlete, and his size and athletic ability make him a threat to be the next Von Miller.
Lawson was one of the most dominant linebackers in college football last season, and if he can stay healthy, he’ll be a big reason why Alabama can go far this season in a deep Alabama secondary.
Lawson’s biggest asset is his versatility.
He plays inside linebacker, outside linebacker, defensive end, defensive tackle, and the slot, and is versatile enough to cover a variety of different positions.
If Lawson stays healthy, and continues to excel, Alabama will have a legitimate star in the making, and it should be an incredibly exciting draft.
Alabama defensive end Dante Fowler Jr., a third-team All-American last season and one of Alabama’s top defensive players, is the only player in the 2018 class to break the top 100 on the 247Sports Composite.
Fowler has a very good chance to land in the top five at the draft, and I’m sure he will be one of several defensive players drafted at the top of the draft in 2018.
Fowler is one of a few players in the class that can play inside linebacker or outside linebacker and can be a disruptive player at the line of scrimmage.
Fowler’s upside is huge for Alabama, and Alabama fans will be hoping that Fowler can stick around and play in the secondary.
Fowler was a big part of Alabama defense last season.
He totaled six tackles, including three solo stops, for a team-high six sacks, which helped Alabama stop opposing quarterbacks on its way to a national title.
Fowler, like most Alabama players, has shown that he’s still got the ability to be a good player, and a good game-changer on the field.
He was one the best defensive ends in the country at his position last season (along with a top 10 pick), and Alabama’s defense needs a leader like Fowler on the defensive line.
He could be an excellent player in Alabama’s secondary, too.
Alabama’s safety class is stacked, and this year’s group is loaded with talent.
The 2018 class boasts two Pro Bowlers in safety Jabrill Peppers and corner Jalen Tabor, along with two All-Americans in corner Trumaine Johnson and safety Dante Fowler.
Peppers, a first-team all-SEC pick in 2019, and Tabor are two of the best safeties in the entire country, and Fowler could be the best corner in the 2017 class.
If Fowler can stay on the right path, he could be one the top safeties at the position in 2019.
Fowler will be a huge asset for Alabama in the NFL, and there is no better way to get him in the first round than the NFL Draft.
A few years ago, Alabama’s defensive coordinator, Kirby Smart, was fired following the season due to questions surrounding his hiring, but now Smart is back and his job is safe.
He has a long history of developing talented players and he can bring that experience to the defensive staff, which should help Alabama in 2017 and 2018.
Smart has been a part of Saban’s defense since he took over in 2006 and is widely respected for his work.
He is one the most respected coaches in the nation, and in a league where players are expected to have a great career, Saban will do everything in his power to keep his staff together.
Smart has been in the trenches for Alabama’s team since 2007, and has won three national titles with the Crimson, which is the best record in the SEC.
In Smart’s two seasons at Alabama, he has produced two Top 5 draft picks, one of them being defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, who is one-and-done in the league.
Allen has been among the best pass rushers in the world, and Saban knows that he has a huge future ahead of him.
Alabama has a lot of talent in the defensive backfield, and Smart will be able to groom his players with the help of a young, talented defense.
It’s a tough job, but Smart is a good coach who has a good feel for his players and can do a good job with the team.One of