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Alabama’s Dee Milliner, Eddie Lacy, D.J. Fluker enter NFL draft

Dee Milliner, DaVaris Daniels AP

Three members of the national champion Alabama Crimson Tide are leaving school early to enter the 2013 NFL draft.

Alabama confirmed today that cornerback Dee Milliner, running back Eddie Lacy and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker have all decided to turn pro.

The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Milliner looks like the best pro prospect of that bunch, and a likely Top 10 pick. Milliner was a first-team All-American and is likely to be the first defensive back to hear Roger Goodell call his name on April 25.

Lacy is coming off an excellent performance against Notre Dame in which he was named offensive MVP of the BCS National Championship Game. Alabama has had the first running back selected in each of the last two drafts (Trent Richardson in 2012 and Mark Ingram in 2011) and Lacy could make it three in a row in 2013.

The 6-foot-6, 335-pound Fluker looks like he’s ready to step onto an NFL field right now, and he’ll benefit from Taylor Lewan’s decision to return to Michigan — that could make Fluker the No. 2 tackle in the draft, after Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.

Last year Alabama had five of the first 35 players drafted, and today’s news means Alabama will be shipping another talented group of players to the NFL again this year.

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41 Responses to “Alabama’s Dee Milliner, Eddie Lacy, D.J. Fluker enter NFL draft”
  1. accipiterq says: Jan 11, 2013 12:35 PM

    I’m glad someone like Saban is staying in college football, the more depth there is there in head coaching the more young players learn, and the better the talent pool for the NFL

  2. binkystevens says: Jan 11, 2013 12:39 PM

    Eddie Lacey is a tank. Hope Green Bay can snag tar guy.

  3. mrstinkypants says: Jan 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    Attention Atlanta Falcons- your franchise RB has just declared for the draft. Don’t mess this one up.

  4. vaphinfan says: Jan 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    Good move for Lacey considering Yeldon would probably get just as many carries as he would next year.

  5. elliottcovert says: Jan 11, 2013 12:40 PM

    I remember hearing someone say that a reporter once asked Nick Saban why he ultimately left the Miami Dolphins to coach the Crimson Tide. “Well,” Saban said, “in the NFL, every year you get to coach one first round draft pick. At Alabama, every year you get to coach about five.”

  6. blacknole08 says: Jan 11, 2013 12:41 PM

    Lacy will definitely be the first RB taken.

  7. twelvesticks says: Jan 11, 2013 12:42 PM

    Blast – was hoping Lacey would stay one more year :(

  8. steelerben says: Jan 11, 2013 12:43 PM

    Eddie Lacey would look great in Black and Gold.

  9. clevelandschronic2 says: Jan 11, 2013 12:47 PM

    Milliner would be perfect to pair with Joe Haden! 2 young shutdown corners. Add a LB or a rush DE and we would be solid on D

  10. ubummer says: Jan 11, 2013 12:49 PM

    Looks like the Tide is dumping payroll.

  11. vancouvernfl says: Jan 11, 2013 12:53 PM

    eddie lacey will end up with the indy colts
    pagano like em

  12. thraiderskin says: Jan 11, 2013 12:55 PM

    I can’t wait for the draft… I love that part of the (off)season. I’m excited to see Milliner at the combine, what team he ends up on and what system of D he is put into.

  13. drillbit19k says: Jan 11, 2013 12:57 PM

    The packers would get more out of Fluker than Yates. I think next years barometer for the o line is gettin sacks down from the fifties to high thirties.

  14. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 11, 2013 12:57 PM

    Eddie Lacy -The Crimson Tide Nightmare.. The Notre Dame defense did not want no parts of that man. His last TD , that little dump off pass…the ND defense was like… “That end zone is all yours playboy. It’s not that serious.” LOL

  15. floriohatesthebengals says: Jan 11, 2013 12:59 PM

    I could see lacy getting started by the Steelers. It’s hard to run with no offensive line. Orange and black mofo

  16. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Jan 11, 2013 12:59 PM

    The way they are pipelining talent to the NFL right now and crushing championships expect the talent at Alabama to only get better

  17. fcrraptor720 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:04 PM

    Here we go lions please don’t screw this up, lacy first round! And Tennessee milliner please thanks

  18. gnorules says: Jan 11, 2013 1:05 PM

    If I was an NFL GM, my goal in the draft would be to grab as many Alabama players as possible. As much as I don’t like seeing them win the national championship again and again, they are beast players and well coached.

  19. fissels says: Jan 11, 2013 1:07 PM

    ubummer says:
    Jan 11, 2013 12:49 PM
    Looks like the Tide is dumping payroll.

    Great line!

  20. bucfan4lyfe says: Jan 11, 2013 1:10 PM

    Dear Tampa

    Please do whatever is necessary to trade up to get Milner. Our pass defense is atrocious and we have no cornerbacks to speak of.

    Thank you

  21. ccjcsr says: Jan 11, 2013 1:12 PM

    thraiderskin says:
    Jan 11, 2013 12:55 PM
    I can’t wait for the draft… I love that part of the (off)season. I’m excited to see Milliner
    ————————————————-

    Signed,

    Raiders Fan

  22. EJ says: Jan 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    As a young H.S. star, your best bet to make your NFL dream true would be to go to Alabama, where you will be coached up the right way. Very few College teams are as generous as Alabama when It comes to producing NFL talent. Its a very strong pipeline.

  23. grogansheroes says: Jan 11, 2013 1:17 PM

    Lacey reminds me of a younger Marshawn Lynch.

  24. voiceofsweetness says: Jan 11, 2013 1:25 PM

    Love Lacey’s pro potential. Catching the ball may be his only weakness

  25. guthyrenks says: Jan 11, 2013 1:30 PM

    Please let Milliner come to Miami

  26. lunarpie says: Jan 11, 2013 1:36 PM

    Raiders pick 3rd and will pick Eddie Lacey. Sorry Eagles and Lions fans!!!

    Darren McFadden is too nimble to be an every down RB. Eddie Lacey will open up the playbook for the TE and WRs on the Offense.

  27. mungman69 says: Jan 11, 2013 1:40 PM

    Oh, show me the way to the next wiskey bar.

  28. Deb says: Jan 11, 2013 1:47 PM

    As a Steelers fan, I’d almost kill to get Lacy or Barrett Jones, whose eligibility is up at Bama. Jones has played three different positions on the Tide offensive line and excelled at all of them. He’d ensure whatever back we run could get as many yards as possible. The one benefit of not making the playoffs is that we get to draft a little higher.

  29. garywheeler84 says: Jan 11, 2013 2:00 PM

    Lacey = Jerome Bettis

  30. row60 says: Jan 11, 2013 2:27 PM

    I remember hearing someone say that a reporter once asked Nick Saban why he ultimately left the Miami Dolphins to coach the Crimson Tide. “Well,” Saban said, “in the NFL, every year you get to coach one first round draft pick. At Alabama, every year you get to coach about five.”
    _________________
    The truthful response would have been, “Well, at Alabama there’s no cap on what we can pay the players.”

  31. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 11, 2013 2:44 PM

    Milliner gonna be a Millionaire

  32. clevelandschronic2 says: Jan 11, 2013 2:52 PM

    Browns got #6 pick n i pray its used on Milliner. The guy would be great if paired with haden in orange n brown. . Having Two young stud shutdown CBs would greatly improve our defense. Sry tampa fans

  33. dceagle43 says: Jan 11, 2013 2:58 PM

    Congrats Lunarpie….as an Eagles fan, we hope that your Raiders to take Lacy at #3 as we don’t need a Running Back! We already have a pro bowl back and a viable back up!

    Congrats again!!

  34. hanspard says: Jan 11, 2013 3:09 PM

    I think Alabama players are overrated in the NFL. Richardson and Julio Jones are good, but there’s a lot of fluff. Rolando McClain, Terrence Cody, Mark Ingram, Andre Smith, Javier Arenas….there’s plenty of “meh” players in the group. What seperates them is that they were all great college players in Saban’s system.

  35. Deb says: Jan 11, 2013 3:39 PM

    @hanspard …

    Courtney Upshaw has played great for the Ravens, as has Dont’a Hightower for the Pats. Marcell Dareus was doing great for the Bills until his brother’s murder. And I haven’t heard the Ravens complaining about Cody. Smith spent most of his rookie year on IR, but he’s been doing a fine job for the Bengals since becoming a starter in 2011.

    Personally, I’ve never felt Ingram has been used appropriately in New Orleans, and he’s had injury issues. I’d love to have him in Pittsburgh. The guy has tremendous heart, and is a joy to have on the team.

    McClain is a heartbreaker. That guy is so unbelievably talented. He was Bama’s defensive signal-caller, and earned the nickname of being a mini-Saban. His problems have nothing to do with ability. It’s all personality/attitude stuff. Saban is a tough disciplinarian. McClain clearly isn’t able to function at the same level without him.

  36. marty2020 says: Jan 11, 2013 3:46 PM

    Barrett Jones played 3 different offensive line positions on 3 different national championship teams, AND graduated with a 4.0 average, AND got his master’s degree with a 4.0 average!

    Want that guy playing center making all your line calls for you? Heck yea.

  37. killitandeatit says: Jan 11, 2013 4:06 PM

    If a Pac 12 team (Oregon) had played Alabama .instead of the poser golden domers ,these young men would be staying in school where they belong. East coast bias strikes again. They had a cake walk last game so I would go to the film room and evaluate them against a real team.

  38. normdogg says: Jan 11, 2013 4:12 PM

    The Lions shouldn’t even THINK about drafting Lacey! He looks like he’s going to be solid, but it would be a luxury pick for the Lions. We need to go with Milliner, although it will be hard to pass up Barrett Jones.

  39. Deb says: Jan 11, 2013 4:20 PM

    @hanspard …

    Courtney Upshaw, Dont’a Hightower, Marcell Dareus, Terrence Cody, Javier Arenas, and Andre Smith all have been successful in the NFL–as has Ingram when he’s not injured and gets the opportunity to carry the ball.

    The big bust from Bama has been McClain. The guy is an unbelievably talented and smart player. His problems have nothing to do with ability but with off-field drama. Saban is a tough disciplinarian. McClain clearly hasn’t been able to function at the same level in the NFL without the kind of supervision he had in college. Sad case.

  40. steeler582012 says: Jan 11, 2013 5:48 PM

    boy i would like to see all of them in black and gold just dreaming

  41. brady2gronktd says: Jan 12, 2013 1:42 AM

    As awesome as Lacy is, and he certainly is. Look out next season for Alabama’s latest Freshman back, Derrick Henry out of FLA. Early enrollee at the Capstone, like Yeldon was last year. 6″3 240lbs as a freshman, watch him run on youtube. ROLL TIDE!

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