The University of Alabama has announced a news conference for today at 11 a.m. in which the Crimson Tide’s juniors will reveal their decisions regarding the NFL Draft.
The news release didn’t list specific juniors, but offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, running back Eddie Lacy and cornerback Dee Milliner are expected to bypass their senior seasons to turn pro, according to multiple published reports.
NFLdraftscout.com lists Milliner as a first-round draft choice, while Fluker is expected to be a first- or second-round pick. NFLdraftscout.com’s Rob Rang has Lacy as the top running back in the draft and a likely second-round choice.
Milliner was a consensus first-team All-American for Alabama this season as the Crimson Tide posted a 13-1 record and won the BCS National Championship Game for the second straight season.
Fluker made second-team All-American, while Lacy was voted the most valuable player of the SEC Championship Game and the most outstanding offensive player in the BCS win.
On Twitter, backup running back Kenyan Drake posted to Lacy, “proud of you big homie. Put on at the next level,” possibly giving a hint to Lacy’s announcement today.
Three other juniors have announced recently they will return to Alabama for the 2013 season. Linebacker C.J. Mosley and quarterback AJ McCarron announced in December they will return, while the university issued a news release Wednesday starting guard Anthony Steen has decided to come back.
Athletes must be three years removed from high school graduation in order to be eligible for the NFL Draft.
Defensive end Ed Stinson, a fourth-year junior, started all 14 games and is eligible to declare for the draft. So is starting outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard, a third-year sophomore and a 6-foot-6, 248-pound prospect as a pass rusher.