Big news today in Tuscaloosa, as two more Alabama stars will be leaving school a year early to enter their names into the 2019 NFL Draft.
Joining star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams and running back Josh Jacobs on the way to the professional ranks are a couple of offensive cornerstones, left tackle Jonah Williams and tight end Irv Smith Jr.
According to multiple draft scouts, Jonah Williams projects as the best offensive line prospect available come the draft. As a 5-star recruit coming out of high school, Williams immediately stepped foot on Alabama's campus and earned a starting job at right tackle before heading over to the left.
Now, having solidified the blindside for Alabama
BIG reason Jonah Williams is going to be the 1st tackle taken. Body control & RECOVERY. Not many guys can get out of this bind vs an elite defender. These two had a heck of a battle Monday night. This is insane to be able to sit back down on this. pic.twitter.com/LJTpG8wAYM— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) January 10, 2019
On the other hand, Smith will also be generating some attention this NFL offseason. Last season with the Tide, the tight end posted an impressive 710 yards and seven TDs.
Draft scouts currently project Smith as a Day 2 pick, but with a strong showing at the Combine, he could push his way into further prominence.
Same as it ever was for Nick Saban's NFL assembly line down in Tuscaloosa.