Crimson Tide wide receiver Calvin Ridley announced his intentions to enter the 2018 National Football League draft Wednesday afternoon.
No position will be affected more than defensive back, though, where Fitzpatrick and Harrison are the No. 1- and No. 3-ranked safeties available in the draft, respectively, according to Kiper. Harrison certainly puts his big frame to use as he led the Tide in tackles in 2017 with 74, which is particularly impressive considering the front seven he was playing behind.
Fitzpatrick joins teammates Ronnie Harrison, Bo Scarbrough, Da'Ron Payne and Calvin Ridley in leaving early for the NFL. On the side of demerit, Walter Football's Charlie Campbell has been less-than-impressed by his work in man-to-man coverage and sees his best fit at the NFL level coming in a zone scheme. He had six tackles against Georgia, while his performance against Clemson included an interception and a touchdown reception.
After rushing for 812 yards and 6.5 yards per carry as a sophomore, Scarbrough was not as effective this past season, rushing for 596 yards and averaging 4.8 per carry.
In his three years in Tuscaloosa, Ridley caught 224 balls for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. "That was my whole plan, coming to college and I wanted to major in criminal justice and be an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, and I'm going to pursue that dream". The logic goes that since Auburn beat both Alabama and Georgia, and UCF in turn beat the Tigers, the Knights are the champ.
He added: "I can't say enough about the contribution these guys have made". Time went by very quickly. Mother, there are just no words to tell you what you mean to my brothers and me.