2019 NFL Draft
Round 1: Thursday at 7 p.m.
Where: Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee
TV: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thirteen former Alabama players are up for the taking in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Three will be at the event in person Thursday for Round 1, tying Oklahoma for the most present. Offensive lineman Jonah Williams, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams and running back Josh Jacobs are set to represent the Crimson Tide in Nashville, Tennessee, at Nissan Stadium.
A week before the draft, NFL network analyst Daniel Jeremiah shared his insight and opinion on those select prospects.
“As you go deeper into mock drafts, you start hearing things,” Jeremiah said. “You start talking to people with teams, you start talking to people who know people, you follow who’s spending time with players. You just get more information.”
Jeremiah has heard nothing but good things about Jonah Williams.
If it were up to him, Jeremiah would pick Williams over Washington State’s Andre Dillard and Florida’s Jawaan Taylor. Jeremiah called Williams “the safest” out of those three.
“Look, Jonah’s played a lot of ball at a very high level against elite players,” Jeremiah said. “He’s played right tackle, he’s played left tackle. I believe he can kick inside. … I think he’s going to be a very good player in there. But when you consider the number of snaps, the level of competition, the way he comes across in interviews with teams around the league, I’ve heard they’re very impressed. To me, he’s the high-floor guy.”
And a possible Pro Bowler inside.
During the Nick Saban era, the highest an Alabama offensive lineman to be drafted was Andre Smith in 2009. He was the sixth overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals. Bradley Bozeman (Round 7, 236th) was the only one selected among the line last year.
On the other side of the ball, Jeremiah would choose Quinnen Wiliams over Houston’s Ed Oliver and Kentucky’s Josh Allen third overall to the New York Jets.
“If the question is ‘What would I do?’” Jeremiah said. “I would take Quinnen Williams, and I wouldn’t turn back. I would pair Quinnen Williams with Leonard Williams, and I think you’ve not only got guys that can rush a little bit, you’ve got guys that hold the point of attack.”
Marcell Dareus was the highest Alabama defensive lineman pick under Saban. He went third overall in 2011 to the Buffalo Bills. Three from this position group were drafted last year – Daron Payne (Round 1, 13th), Da’Shawn Hand (Round 4, 114th) and Josh Frazier (Round 7, 246th).
So, the two Williams have consistently received good praise. They remain in the first round of Jeremiah’s most recent mock draft. Jacobs, on the other hand, has dropped out.
“I personally think that Josh Jacobs is a one of the 10 best football players in this draft,” Jeremiah said. “And I can say that while also saying I don’t believe he’s going to go in the top 10. I think he’s likely to go in the 20s or 30s when it’s all said and done.”
The best a former Alabama running back has done is third overall: Trent Richardson in 2012 to the Cleveland Browns. Bo Scarbrough (Round 7, 236th) was the only one last year.
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