Alabama Stars Jeudy and McKinney to Enter NFL Draft

Alabama Stars Jeudy and McKinney to Enter NFL Draft
Mon 6th January 2020

 Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy, offensive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. and safety Xavier McKinney  are skipping their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.

Jeudy, ranked No. 1 at receiver and No. 3 overall on Mel Kiper Jr.’s Big Board, made his announcement on social media Saturday, three days after posting 204 yards and a touchdown on six catches vs. Michigan in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl.

“This journey at the University of Alabama has been an amazing experience,” he wrote.

There was speculation that Jeudy might skip the bowl game, which Alabama won 35-16. Turns out, he was named the game’s MVP.

Jeudy, the 2018 Biletnikoff Award winner, had 77 catches for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Jeudy caught 159 passes overall for 2,742 yards and 26 touchdowns with the Crimson Tide.

He was part of a loaded receiving corps that included DeVonta Smith, Henry Ruggs III and Jaylen Waddle. One of the program’s most prolific receivers, Jeudy led the Southeastern Conference with 14 touchdown catches in 2018 and was an Associated Press All-American.

McKinney, a junior and first-team All-SEC selection, announced the decision on his Instagram page Sunday afternoon.

ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. lists McKinney as the second-highest-rated draft-eligible safety.

McKinney led the team in tackles this season with 95. He also had three sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and five pass breakups.

A 6-foot-1 native of Georgia, McKinney played primarily on special teams as a freshman before starting the past two seasons at Alabama.

The loss of McKinney means Alabama will be without four of its five starters in the secondary. Safety Jared Mayden, nickelback Shyheim Carter and cornerback Trevon Diggs decided to enter the NFL draft as seniors.

Wills, ranked the No. 6 offensive tackle by ESPN’s Kiper, was a second-team AP All-American who started the past two seasons at right tackle. Willis also announced his decision on Twitter.

Two other underclassmen, middle linebacker Dylan Moses and left tackle Alex Leatherwood, have said they plan to return for their senior seasons.

Junior quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, whose season ended with a serious hip injury, is expected to announce his decision on Monday.


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