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Mailbag: Alabama products in 2021 NFL Draft class


Chris in New York: Which Alabama Crimson Tide player who declared for the upcoming NFL Draft will be on the Giants?

John Schmeelk: It's far too early in the draft process to start predicting what players specific teams may draft. The Alabama class, however, is typically stacked. Alabama underclassmen who have declared for the draft are quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, cornerback Patrick Surtain II, and defensive tackle Christian Barmore. All four of them could get attention in the first round, with Surtain and Waddle potentially getting picked in the top half of the round. Jones will be able to attend the Senior Bowl despite having a year of eligibility remaining due to his academic standing.

The program also has some others entering the draft. Najee Harris will be one of the first few running backs off the board. Wide receiver DeVonta Smith will be draft eligible and many think he could be the first wide receiver taken while offensive linemen Landon Dickerson, Alex Leatherwood, and Deonte Brown and long snapper Thomas Fletcher will attend Senior Bowl week.

Patrick in North Carolina: How much did Andrew Thomas's ankle injury impact his play in 2020?

John Schmeelk: Thomas is a tough player and was able to play through the injury, which might indicate it wasn't that serious. Or, he could have been playing through excruciating pain that limited his mobility. He was never one to complain about the issue so there is really no way to know.

Patrick in New Jersey: What's the chance the Giants draft a backup quarterback? Do you see them taking one if he's one of the best players in the draft.

John Schmeelk: If the Giants get to a spot in the draft and the highest graded player on their board is a quarterback, it would not be a shock if they took him – and this decision not be a reflection on what they think of Daniel Jones. If they see a Day 3 quarterback as someone who can be a long-term, high-level backup, they could very well pull the trigger on such a player.


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