Alabama Football 2014 NFL Draft Tracker, Analysis and Results
No NFL draft class would be complete without a host of Alabama Crimson Tide players, and the 2014 draft should have plenty of them.
After another strong season, Nick Saban will send several stars off to the next level, many of which come from, you guessed it, the defense.
Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and linebacker C.J. Mosley are among the best at their respective positions and look to be first-round locks.
The Tide could see 10 or more players drafted, including quarterback AJ McCarron. We'll break down all of the 'Bama draft hopefuls up next.
Also, check back during and after the draft for updates on where players were selected and how they might fit in on their new teams.
LB C.J. Mosley
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 17 to Baltimore
Weight: 234 pounds
Analysis: C.J. Mosley will make a nice move to a defensive-minded club in Baltimore. He'll join an already talented defense—one with a couple Crimson Tide players and another young linebacker in Arthur Brown. Mosley won't have to start right away, but he'll certainly challenge for a spot on the inside of the Ravens' LB corps.
Replacement: While Mosley’s loss will be big for the Alabama defense, the Crimson Tide have long been grooming his replacement: Reggie Ragland. The junior should fill in nicely at Mosley’s slot. If he falters as the season goes along, keep an eye on Reuben Foster.
S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Drafted: Round 1, Pick 21 to Green Bay
Weight: 208 lbs
Analysis: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix slid back just a bit further than expected but still comfortably made the first round. He'll join a Green Bay club that is in need of some help in its secondary. The Alabama standout is physically ready to play right away, and could be a first-year starter.
Replacement: Not only will Alabama be replacing Clinton-Dix at safety, but it’ll also be replacing Vinnie Sunseri. But as you may have guessed, there shouldn’t be much issue in either slot. Landon Collins is a future star and already entrenched at one slot, meanwhile Geno Smith makes another safety with starting experience. ‘Bama will also add Jarrick Williams and Nick Perry to the mix.
OT Cyrus Kouandjio
Drafted: Round 2, Pick 44 to Buffalo
Weight: 322 lbs
Analysis: The Buffalo Bills are making an obvious commitment to quarterback E.J. Manuel in this draft. They spent a Round 1 pick on receiver Sammy Watkins and added some solid protection in Cyrus Kouandjio. He is one of the most talented offensive linemen in the draft, and if he can overcome his health questions, he has Pro Bowl potential
Replacements: It isn’t often a freshman starts at offensive line for a team like Alabama, but the Crimson Tide may have found both their long- and short-term replacement for Cyrus Kouandjio in Cameron Robinson. Robinson is huge (6’6”, 325 pounds) and was the No. 4 overall prospect in last year’s 247Sports Composite rankings.
WR Kevin Norwood
Drafted: Round 4, Pick 123 to Seattle
Weight: 198 lbs
Analysis: Kevin Norwood will go from a winning collegiate program to a winning NFL franchise as he heads to Seattle. He was expected to be off the board earlier, making this a nice little steal for the Seahawks. The defending Super Bowl champs have revamped their receiving corps in this draft with the selections of Norwood and Paul Richardson. Norwood was under the radar in this deep receiver class, but he could play right away.
Replacement: Alabama has plenty of talent left at receiver despite the departure of Norwood. Amari Cooper, Christion Jones and DeAndrew White will be back to lead the unit. The player who could join them and ultimately replace Norwood is Chris Black, who was strong this spring.
DE Ed Stinson
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 160 to Arizona
Weight: 287 lbs
Analysis: Ed Stinson lived up to his fifth-round grade, as he was taken by the Arizona Cardinals. Defensive end was a position of need for the Cardinals going into the draft, and they assessed it by taking both Stinson and North Carolina's Kareem Martin. Stinson won't have to start immediately, and Arizona could take some time to mold him before he rises up the depth chart.
Replacement: It isn’t surprising that Alabama already has a 5-star recruit at the ready to take over for Ed Stinson. That blue chipper is A’Shawn Robinson. Robinson led the Tide with 5.5 sacks last year and tallied eight tackles for a loss and five quarterback hurries as well. He’s a future star.
QB AJ McCarron
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 164 to Cincinnati
Weight: 220 lbs
Analysis: It was a long wait for AJ McCarron, but he was finally selected by the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals already have a productive young starter in Andy Dalton. McCarron won't have to come in and play right away, and it'll be interesting to see how Cincy handles its two young signal-callers in the coming years.
Replacement: Judging from spring game performances, and the struggles of Blake Sims, the Alabama quarterback battle could be down to just two prospects. Cooper Bateman showed some impressive mobility and decision making, as well as a sharp and powerful arm. He’ll be in battle with Florida State transfer Jacob Coker. The battle could come down to this: Will Coker have enough command of the playbook to earn the trust of Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin start Week 1?
S Vinnie Sunseri
Drafted: Round 5, Pick 167 to New Orleans
Weight: 210 lbs
Analysis: Vinnie Sunseri came off the board much earlier than expected, as New Orleans grabbed him in Round 5. He's an undersized safety and isn't an outstanding athlete, but he's a smart player and should be a special teams staple from Day 1.
Replacement: When Sunseri went down last season, Alabama already had his replacement ready to go. As great as Sunseri was at making plays in the ‘Bama secondary, Landon Collins proved immediately to be an even better player. While Sunseri was picked up late in this draft, Collins is likely to be a very high selection next year, if he chooses to leave early.
DE Jeoffrey Pagan
Drafted: Round 6, Pick 177 to Houston
Weight: 310 lbs
Analysis: Houston continues to load up on the defensive line in this draft. With J.J. Watt already on the roster, the Texans added Jadeveon Clowney, Louis Nix and Jeoffrey Pagan. Pagan won't have to start right away, but he could play a defensive end or tackle role in the 3-4 scheme.
Replacement: While A’Shawn Robinson will man one starting spot, Jonathan Allen will take the other on what should be a scary defensive front for Alabama. Allen tallied three tackles for a loss, shared a sack and forced a fumble a year ago. The ‘Bama DL looked fantastic in the spring game and could be one of the team’s strengths this year.
LB Adrian Hubbard
Matt Miller Draft Projection: Round 5, Pick 147 to the Atlanta Falcons
Weight: 257 lbs
Stat Line: 33 TAK, 5.5 TFL, 3 SACK, 3 PD, 4 QBH, 2 FF
After a strong career at Alabama, Adrian Hubbard now looks forward and projects as a strong 4-3 rush outside linebacker in the NFL. At 6'6", he has outstanding size, though he doesn't quite have the freak athletic ability that would garner a high draft pick at the position. Still, his versatility and overall strength should make him a solid mid-round pick.
What the Experts Are Saying
"A long-bodied, athletic rush linebacker with the base strength desired in a 4-3 left defensive end, Hubbard's greatest physical trait is his core functional strength and ability to leverage the edge and defend the run. Is still developing as a pass rusher and offers the scheme versatility and upside to interest any defense. Has starter traits, but has yet to reach the impact level he thinks he makes. Has upside if the light bulb comes on." - Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com
OG Anthony Steen
Matt Miller Draft Projection: Round 4, Pick 153 to the St. Louis Rams
Weight: 314 lbs
Offseason surgery has inhibited Anthony Steen's offseason—and kept him out of the Sugar Bowl—which could have caused some scouts to cool on him with the draft upcoming. While health issues paint a question mark on his resume, he is a sound fundamental lineman with NFL size. Scouts see him projecting as a left guard but could also move to center. He has a good motor and is both quick and powerful.
What the Experts Are Saying
"If his health was guaranteed, Steen would finish higher, but Steen was one of the many Tide players that had to get surgery after the season; in his case, for a torn labrum. On the field, Steen was a technician at right guard that managed to avoid getting called for a penalty his entire junior year. While he does not look it, he is able to hold up against power and anchor effectively. He appears better suited to play left guard in the NFL, especially in a power scheme, but his value is enhanced by the fact that he could play both. If he can fully recover and there is no lingering damage from his time in Tuscaloosa, he could start and enjoy a long career in the NFL." - Peter Smith, FanSided.com
CB Deion Belue
Matt Miller Draft Projection: Round 6, 185 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Weight: 182 lbs
Stat Line: 20 TAK, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PD, 1 QBH
Foot injuries limited Deion Belue during his final season at Alabama and kept him out of action at the combine, but it also could make him a sleeper in this draft. He's a bit undersized, but he overcame that foot injury to have a strong pro day. He won't be field-ready out of the draft, so he is more of a late-round project.
What the Experts Are Saying
"Belue, who was bothered by turf toe all season, is a lean, high-cut, press-bail corner with good speed, range and competitiveness. Manned the field corner position in college, but effectiveness wanes with his back to the ball. He must shore up his tackling and prove valuable on special teams in order to compete for a sub-package role." - Nolan Nawrocki, NFL.com
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