Four Alabama Football Players Declare for 2019 NFL Draft


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama players Josh Jacobs, Jonah Williams and Quinnen Williams announced at a press conference Friday morning that they will forego their senior seasons to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Irv Smith Jr., who was unable to attend the press conference due to a previous commitment, will also enter the Draft.

Alabama has now had 34 players leave early for the NFL under head coach Nick Saban with 17 of the previous 30 selected in the first round and seven in round two. The 2019 NFL Draft will take place April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

Jacobs, a running back from Tulsa, Okla., finished the 2018 season with 1,315 all-purpose yards and 15 total touchdowns. He rushed for 640 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching 20 passes for 247 yards and three scores. Jacobs added 14 kickoff returns for 428 yards and touchdown. In his three seasons at Alabama, he rushed for 1,491 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Smith Jr., a tight end from New Orleans, La., earned second team All-America honors as a junior. He finished fourth on the team with 44 receptions for 710 yards and seven touchdowns. His seven touchdown catches were the most in a single season by a tight end in school history.

A native of Folsom, Calif., Jonah Williams was a unanimous first team All-American and a finalist for the Outland Trophy. He started all 44 games of his Crimson Tide career, including the final 29 at left tackle. He did not surrender a sack during his senior season and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the top offensive linemen in the Southeastern Conference.

Quinnen Williams exploded onto the scene as a redshirt sophomore on his way to winning the Outland Trophy as the nation’s best interior lineman and earning unanimous first team All-America honors. The Birmingham, Ala., native moved inside to nose guard at the start of the 2018 season and finished with 70 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

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