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.