Under Nick Saban, the Alabama Crimson Tide have built a reputation as a suffocating, hard-hitting defense. But that identity has shifted in recent years, as the 2020 Crimson Tide won the national championship thanks to their historically efficient passing attack.
In the 2020 NFL Draft, two wide receivers from the new-look Alabama passing game went in the top 15 picks. That was the first time in NFL history that two receivers from the same school were drafted in the top 15.
But Alabama now looks poised to break its own record, as Crimson Tide standouts Jaylen Waddle and Devonta Smith could be off the board even earlier in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Last year, Henry Ruggs was the No. 12 pick and his teammate Jerry Jeudy came off the board at No. 15. This time around, Smith and Waddle could both be off the board before we even get to pick No. 12.
FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL Draft odds have set the over/under for Smith's draft spot at 11.5, and Waddle's is even higher at 10.5. That suggests both are very likely to come off the board before No. 15, and there's even an outside shot of them both landing in the top 10.
With this new-look, high-octane identity, expect Alabama to continue shattering NFL Draft records for the foreseeable future.
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