Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, C.J. Mosley Projected in First Round of Mel Kiper’s Latest Mock Draft
The Crimson Tide will soon be adding to its list of first round picks when the NFL Draft gets underway on May 8. The question at this point isn’t if, but how many? ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has released his latest mock draft, and two Alabama players have made their way into his first 32 picks.
The full list is available for ESPN Insiders, but you’ll find safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and linebacker C.J. Mosley are the only two Alabama players projected to be taken on the first night. As of now, Clinton-Dix is going 10th overall to Detroit while Mosley finds himself 19th overall to Miami.
There has been some re-evaluating since Kiper’s previous mock draft one month ago. In that version, he had Clinton-Dix 13th and Mosley 21st, but he also had offensive lineman Cyrus Kouandjio projected as a first-round pick. That’s no longer the case.
Kouandjio debuted at 19th overall in Kiper’s original list after the college football season ended, but the junior has slowly fallen due to injury issues and inconsistent performances in front of scouts and coaches. He’s now considered a second-round prospect, going to Cincinnati at 55th overall.
Of course, these projections mean very little towards where each player will actually end up, but you can get a feel for how each player is trending based on the mock drafts. One thing looks to be a certainty: Alabama will add to its NCAA-best 14 first-round draft picks since 2009