Alabama has lost two more key members from its 2018 national championship team.
Defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison announced Thursday at a press conference in Tuscaloosa that they have declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.
Fitzpatrick is viewed by several draft experts as the top safety in the draft class, and Harrison also has been given a first-round grade.
Fitzpatrick, 6-1, 202 pounds, was fourth on the Crimson Tide defense with 60 tackles and second with seven passes defensed. Harrison, 6-3, 214 pounds, tied for the team lead with 74 tackles and was second with three interceptions.
“I can’t say enough about the contribution these guys have made,” coach Nick Saban said at the press conference (via ESPN.com). “It seems like yesterday we were in their houses recruiting them.”
Fitzpatrick and Harrison join wide receiver Calvin Ridley and running back Bo Scarbrough as members of the Crimson Tide who have declared for the 2018 draft. Saban confirmed Thursday that defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne would enter the draft as well.
Running back Damien Harris, who was seen by some as a second- or third-round pick, decided to return to school.