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Alabama duo Jeudy, McKinney entering 2020 NFL draft

Alabama is starting to garner some clarity as to who will return to school and who will enter the 2020 NFL draft.

On Saturday, wide receiver Jerry Jeudy declared for the draft. His teammate, safety Xavier McKinney followed suit the next day.

Jeudy has long been thought to be a candidate to leave school early after the 6-foot-1, 192-pound junior exploded on the national scene as a true freshman. Jeudy, considered by most draft analysts as the top receiver in his class, finishes his Alabama career with 159 receptions for 2,742 yards and 26 TDs.


McKinney’s decision, while not a big surprise, comes just weeks after Alabama coach Nick Saban downplayed the number of top-20 picks on his team. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior had 95 tackles, four forced fumbles and three interceptions.

SI’s Bama Central reports that McKinney allegedly received a first-round grade from the NFL’s college advisory board.


The team still awaits the decision of running back Najee Harris and receivers Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith. Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network draft analyst and insider, expects both players to forgo their final year of eligibility and enter the 2020 draft.

Recently, offensive tackle Jedrick Wills announced that he was entering the draft, while bookend OT teammate Alex Leatherword said he’s coming back. Linebacker Dylan Moses, who tore his ACL in a spring practice before the season started, also said he’s returning to school.

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