3 from ’Bama enter draft
TUSCALOOSA, ALA. >> Alabama’s top blocker, cornerback and receiver are skipping their final seasons to enter the NFL Draft.
Outland Trophy-winning left tackle Cam Robinson, cornerback Marlon Humphrey and wide receiver ArDarius Stewart announced their decisions on Friday, four days after the Crimson Tide lost to Clemson in the national championship game. Robinson and Humphrey are projected as firstround picks.
Alabama won a national championship and three Southeastern Conference titles during their careers before succumbing on a touchdown with one second left in Monday night’s 35-31 loss .
“It’s been bittersweet, because we didn’t finish the season the way we wanted to,” Robinson said. “You always want to finish the season on the right note, but knowing that would be the last game that I would ultimately play with my teammates and with this coaching staff and for this university and these fans, that was tough.”
Alabama was already losing a number of its biggest stars among the seniors, including defensive end Jonathan Allen, tight end O.J. Howard and linebackers Reuben Foster, Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson. This just adds to the annual talent exodus of a team with four national titles in eight years.