Four Alabama Players Headline Mel Kiper’s Big Board Ranking 2018 NFL Prospects
Alabama Crimson Tide players getting more national attention heading into the NFL Draft with four players headlining ESPN's Mel Kiper's Big Board which ranks the top 2018 prospects in the upcoming draft.
Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick leads the way landing at number two on the list with Kiper calling him "a defensive coordinator's dream: a modern day big corner who plays safety."
Wide receiver Calvin Ridley jumps into the top 10 with his 55 catches and 896 receiving yards this season. Linebacker Rashaan Evans and defensive tackle Da'Ron Payne made the top 25 at #21 and #23 respectively.
Last season, Alabama had three players go in this first round with Marlon Humphrey going 16th to the Baltimore Ravens followed by Jonathan Allen going to the Washington Redskins the following pick and tight end O.J. Howard to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 19.
Kiper's partner Todd McShay has Fitzpatrick heading to the San Francisco 49ers at 4th overall in his 2018 NFL Mock Draft. He also has Ridley going 8th to the Chicago Bears and safety Ronnie Harrison to the Atlanta Falcons at 23, with no Evans or Payne on his list.
These positions and spots are subjected to change with Alabama having one game, potentially two, left in the season.