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07:22 AM ET 08.19 | The sky is blue, the sun is yellow, and Alabama is loaded for another NFL draft. No surprise here, but the sentiment among scouts who have gotten an early look at the Alabama prospects for the 2014 lottery, and who shared some assessments with the NFP last week, is that the Crimson Tide's pipeline to the NFL will certainly continue next April. "Loaded again," one scout acknowledged. Alabama has had at least one first-rounder in five straight drafts, 14 overall in that stretch, and at least three in each of the past three first rounds. ... The program had gone from 2001-2007 without a first-round pick before [Nick Saban] was hired. Offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, linebackers C.J. Mosley and Adrian Hubbard, and safety Hasean Clinton-Dix are all regarded as first-round possibilities in 2014.

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Cyrus Kouandjio, US Presswire Cyrus Kouandjio, US Presswire
August 19, 2013  07:48 AM ET

Gator Bait!!!

August 19, 2013  09:09 AM ET

RTR!!!! BCS Champions!!!! 2 in a row, looking for the threepeat!!!

August 19, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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RTR!!!! BCS Champions!!!! 2 in a row, looking for the threepeat!!!

Are you worry at all about replacing 3 Oline starters?

August 19, 2013  10:09 AM ET

The article doesn't say anything about academic achievement. What a surprise.

August 19, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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Are you worry at all about replacing 3 Oline starters?

Somewhat, but we are in better shape on the OL than we were in 2009.

August 19, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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The article doesn't say anything about academic achievement. What a surprise.

I think you better check the latest numbers...

August 19, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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I think you better check the latest numbers...

I have heard rumors that the arresting officer for the Bama CB DUI was suspended.

August 19, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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I have heard rumors that the arresting officer for the Bama CB DUI was suspended.

For 2 games.

August 19, 2013  10:41 AM ET
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For 2 games.

I meant the arresting officer.

August 19, 2013  10:58 AM ET
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For 2 games.

I see what you did there.....

August 19, 2013  10:59 AM ET

JK, in all seriousness....IF Bama players ever get suspended from games, do they also lose their pay?

August 19, 2013  11:07 AM ET

Alabama is an awesome team; they are also, as this article says, a minor league training team for the NFL. Any thought of academic interest by the players is incidental, and I am sure some players also go to class and study and want a college degree.
However, when it's all said and done, is this a university with a football team, or a football team loosely affiliated with a university? Which is the priority in Tuscaloosa?

August 19, 2013  11:22 AM ET

I see all of our opponents hope G Smith plays because they all want us to be at full strength for when we meet them.....


Hahahahahahahahahahaha......

August 19, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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JK, in all seriousness....IF Bama players ever get suspended from games, do they also lose their pay?

Coming from a fan of a team coached by Urban Meyer....

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!

August 19, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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I meant the arresting officer.

I know.

August 19, 2013  11:31 AM ET
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as this article says, a minor league training team for the NFL.

It didn't say that at all. It just said we are loaded and will have several 1st rounders.

It's interesting to note we are on the same level academically as some schools in the Big 10 like an Indiana, and others schools such as Nebraska, FSU, and Oklahoma* and yet rarely are those schools accused of not focusing on academics.....Why is that? Just asking.

*Taken from rankings of colleges from U.S. News & World Report

August 19, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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It's interesting to note we are on the same level academically as some schools like... FSU... and yet rarely are those schools accused of not focusing on academics.....Why is that? Just asking.*Taken from rankings of colleges from U.S. News & World Report

Mentioning FSU does not help your argument.

August 19, 2013  11:54 AM ET
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Why is that?

Because none of those schools' teams could ever inspire anything remotely like the "roll tide" commercial.

August 19, 2013  12:01 PM ET
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Mentioning FSU does not help your argument.

It does in the sense no one ever whines about how they aren't focusing on athletics.

 
August 19, 2013  12:06 PM ET
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It does in the sense no one ever whines about how they aren't focusing on athletics.

It is Free Shoes U, the Clown college.

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