4 Alabama Players Most Likely to Be First-Round Picks in 2021 NFL Draft

Tristan Jung
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith could be on NFL teams' radar in 2021.
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith could be on NFL teams' radar in 2021. / Todd Kirkland/Getty Images
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The Alabama Crimson Tide wrapped up another impressive year in terms of NFL Draft success, with four players going in the first round. Looking ahead to 2021, there are already some draft-eligible players that are likely guaranteed to get a look in the first round next year.

Nick Saban has established his Alabama program as the premier producer of NFL talent in college football over the last 10 years. With that in mind, here are four players that could add to the Tide's first-round successes in 2021.

1. DeVonta Smith, WR

DeVonta Smith had a fantastic season in 2019.
DeVonta Smith had a fantastic season in 2019. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

DeVonta Smith is set to follow Jerry Jeudy's path to the first round. Smith was a key weapon for the Alabama offense last year, racking up 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns, including an impressive five TD catches in one game against Ole Miss. Smith is a fantastic playmaker who would be a great addition for any NFL roster.

2. Alex Leatherwood, OT

Alex Leatherwood looks ready to break out as a top offensive line prospect next year.
Alex Leatherwood looks ready to break out as a top offensive line prospect next year. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

It seems like the top Alabama offensive lineman gets taken in the first round every year. Jedrick Wills Jr. went No. 10 overall in 2020, and his former teammate Alex Leatherwood should be aiming for similar heights in 2021. Leatherwood was the tackle opposite Wills in 2020 and already projects to be a solid offensive lineman. Another strong season should land him in the first round next year.

3. Patrick Surtain II, CB

Patrick Surtain was one of Alabama's starting corners last year.
Patrick Surtain was one of Alabama's starting corners last year. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

One of Alabama's top defensive players in 2019, Patrick Surtain II has a clear path to the first round if he continues to establish himself as one of college football's best cornerbacks. Surtain II became a starter on a loaded Alabama roster in his sophomore year and has looked every bit like an NFL-caliber cornerback so far in his career.

4. Jaylen Waddle, WR

Jaylen Waddle will be one of Alabama's top receivers in 2020.
Jaylen Waddle will be one of Alabama's top receivers in 2020. / Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

Jaylen Waddle already impressed in 2019 by showing off amazing speed and skills. Although he totaled only 560 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns, he showed off his talent as a kickoff and punt returner, upping his total count to 9 touchdowns. He's reportedly as fast as Henry Ruggs III and will surely be a name to watch in 2020.


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