UPDATE: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix and Cyrus Kouandjio Enter NFL DRaft

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

UPDATED 6:07 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- All-America left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are leading a contingent of Alabama players leaving early for the NFL.

Those two Crimson Tide stars were joined in announcing their departures Thursday by linebacker Adrian Hubbard and defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan.

Clinton-Dix and Kouandjio are widely projected as first-round picks. Hubbard and Pagan also could be early-round selections.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Kouandjio was a first-team Associated Press All-American.

Clinton-Dix had 52 tackles and two interceptions. He missed two games after accepting a short-term loan from an assistant strength and conditioning coach who's no longer employed by the university.

Alabama has had 11 first-round picks in the last four years, more than any other team. Eleven of the 13 players who have left early under Nick Saban were first-rounders.


TUSCALOOSA, AL -- The Alabama Football Team is known for it's ability to re-load. The Crimson Tide will have to do that once again, after four key underclassmen entered the NFL Draft on Thursday.

Junior safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, junior offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio and junior defensive linemen Jeoffrey Pagan and Adrian Hubbard have turned pro. Clinton-Dix and Kouandjio are projected as first round picks.

Kouandjio has been rated as one of the top left tackles in the country for the entire season. Clinton-Dix is rated as the top safety prospect in the draft.

Alabama's defense takes a major hit with Thursday's announcement. The Crimson Tide were already preparing to replace several key starters on that side of the ball, including C.J. Mosley and Deion Belue.

The Alabama offensive line will also have holes to fill with Kouandjio and graduating senior Anthony Steen leaving the team. The Tide will also graduate quarterback A.J. McCarron, wide receivers Kenny Bell and Kevin Norwood and both specialists in kicker Cade Foster and punter Cody Mandell.

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