‘Bama is new premier prospect factory

Step aside, “The U.”

Alabama is new premier NFL prospect factory. The national champion Crimson Tide is expected to have five players drafted in the first round Thursday night, which would be only the fifth time that has happened since the common draft began in 1967.

Based on the latest mock drafts on NFL.com, tailback Trent Richardson, linebackers Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw and defensive backs Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick are all projected as first-rounders.

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