To say that the Alabama Crimson Tide football program is an NFL factory might almost be an insult to Alabama, at this point. Since Nick Saban took over as head coach in 2007, we've seen 29 players be drafted in the first round from Bama. Oh, and here's a fun fact: Alabama has more first round picks than they do losses in the Saban Era, as the Crimson Tide only have 21 losses in that same time frame.
Alabama once again dominated this year's draft with 10 players taken in 2019, which, of course, was the most of any school.
As we begin our outlook towards the 2020 NFL Draft, Alabama's defense might not have as big of names as they have in the past, but remember we didn't even really know how Quinnen Williams was at this point last year. The fact of the matter is that Alabama's talent runs so deep that you never know who is going to break out.
Here are the top defensive players from each position that is eligible for the 2020 draft from the Crimson Tide going into the season.
Defensive Tackle: Raekwon Davis
Most of you already know Raekwon Davis, as he was not only draft eligible last year but he was very prominent in Alabama's defense. He's a giant man in the middle at 6-foot-7, 310 pounds. He's one of the best run stuffers in the country, and in 2019, without Quinnen Williams, we'll get to see what kind of pass rusher he can be, too.
Defensive End: Terrell Lewis
Lewis has had the injury bug hit him hard over the last two seasons. In 2017, an arm injury he suffered in the season opener versus Florida State forced him to miss 10 games. In 2018, he tore his ACL before the season could even begin. Lewis, at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, is someone the Tide are excited about as a top passer rusher. He just needs to stay healthy.
EDGE: Anfernee Jennings
Jennings comes into his senior year off a 14 tackles for loss, 6.5 sack season last year in 2018. This upcoming season will be his third as a starter for the Tide. At 6-foot-3, 260 pounds, Jennings can play both as a stand up linebacker or a hand-in-the-dirt defensive end. He's also a top candidate for the Senior Bowl.
Linebacker: Dylan Moses
Dont'a Hightower, Reggie Ragland, Reuben Foster, Rashaan Evans, Mack Wilson and now Dylan Moses. Moses was a very highly rated recruit coming out of high school, and going into his third season at Alabama it is now his defense to command. Moses is a very athletic player who has made some very nice stops in his limited starting action over the last two years. Action won't be hard to come by in 2019.
Cornerback: Trevon Diggs
Diggs was having a very good year in 2018 before things were hauled by a foot injury. He's a 6-foot-2, 195 pound cornerback who can really move for a guy that size. His combination of size and speed will make him an easy talking point for the 2020 NFL Draft cornerback class.
Safety: Xavier McKinney
Most -- including me -- thought that safety Deionte Thompson was going to be the star player in Alabama's secondary last season. But, in reality, it ended up being sophomore stud Xavier McKinney. This kid is a real difference maker and was named the Orange Bowl MVP at the end of the season. He can run with a ton of range in coverage, hit you hard and make plays on the ball. Perhaps an Eddie Jackson-type impact is in store for 2019.