Fitpatrick, Harrison join Alabama exodus to NFL Draft

Defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison and running back Bo Scarbrough said Thursday that they will enter this spring’s NFL Draft, bringing the number of Alabama juniors leaving early to five.

“We’ve got some young men here today that have done a fantastic job for the University of Alabama. Not only in what they’ve been able to accomplish on the field but the way they’ve represented the university, the football program, off the field as well,” coach Nick Saban said at a news conference.

Wide receiver Calvin Ridley previously said he was turning pro, and Saban said defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne will leave early, too.

“From a business standpoint, this is a good decision for them,” Saban said.

Scarbrough ran 124 times for 596 yards and eight touchdowns in his final season to finish his Alabama career with 1,512 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Fitzpatrick registered 60 tackles and one interception this season on his way to being selected an All-American unanimously. He had 171 tackles and nine interceptions for his career.

“You all gave me a whole lot of love, a lot of appreciation, a lot of blessings,” Fitzpatrick said. “I just want to say thank you, God bless and Roll Tide.”

Harrison tied for the team lead in tackles with 74 to go along with three interceptions in 2017. His career numbers included 174 tackles and seven interceptions.

Payne grabbed headlines by making an interception and a touchdown reception moments apart in the Sugar Bowl. He finished the season with 53 tackles, a sack and eight quarterback hurries.

Ridley caught 224 passes for 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns over three seasons, capped by 63 receptions for 967 yards and five touchdowns as a junior. He caught at least one pass in all 44 of his games with the Crimson Tide.

Players have until Monday to declare for the NFL Draft, then have until Jan. 19 to remove their names from consideration and remain in school.

— Field Level Media

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