Like every year in recent memory, the Alabama Crimson Tide are loaded with future stars and NFL talent. Three potential early picks represented Nick Saban’s team in Birmingham on the third day of SEC Media Days.
Offensive lineman Bradley Bozeman, defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, and wide receiver Calvin Ridley all fielded questions from the SEC media.
“I know I gotta do better this year for my team and offense so we can get to where we want to be,” Ridley said. “Pretty much you’re gonna see some of the same things from last year.
“I really think Coach Saban brought in one of the best guys for us,” Ridley said. It’s going to be a real good season for us on offense. We’re going to be a lot better.”
Ridley entered last season as the guy expected to lead the Alabama passing attack and took a backseat to Ardarius Stewart. Ridley hauled in 72 catches for 769 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Ridley is an older college player that will turn 23 in December. His age may throw off some scouts as far as his potential value at the NFL level but will no doubt have the talent to succeed.
Fitzpatrick was one of the best defensive backs in the country last season and if he stays on his trajectory he will earn an early first round selection. Last season, he intercepted opposing quarterbacks six times and forced a fumble. His ability to play the ball while in the air ranks high among all defensive backs in the 2018 NFL Draft cycle and should have another dominant year for Alabama.
“Last year I had a leadership role, but I wasn’t the leader of the defense. This year I feel like I have to be more vocal and step into that role,” the Alabama cornerback said.
Bozeman will be a very experienced center after the 2017 college football season. He was the starter for the Tide all last season and helped lead one of the better offensive line units in the SEC. His leadership and winning career will help his cause to get drafted sometime in the 2018 NFL Draft.