Alabama lineman Da'Ron Payne leaving early for the NFL

Earlier in the week, Fitzpatrick told ESPN's Trey Wingo and Mike Golic that it was "pretty clear" which way he was leaning in regards to the National Football League, implying that he would turn pro.

Fitzpatrick is a lock to be selected in the first round, with many people believing he will be a top ten pick.

The outlook looks good, to say the least.

Payne, an All-SEC selection who was the defensive MVP of both the national championship and semifinal games, will also bypass his senior year to enter the draft, sources confirmed to ESPN. "He could go as late as the fourth, but I'd be surprised if that happen".

Widely projected as a first-round pick, Ridley easily led the Tide in receiving.

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"Probably have several that should (declare) and probably have several that shouldn't, from a business perspective", Saban said.

Fitzpatrick is a unanimous All-American who won the Bednarik Award and Thorpe Award as the nation's top defensive player and defensive back, respectively.

A five-star recruit out of Monarch, Ridley had a stellar three-year collegiate career, in which he totaled 224 receptions, 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns.

The teams leading rusher, Damien Harris will return for his Senior season.

Ranked No. 3 by Kiper in his draft-eligible position rankings, Payne had six tackles against Georgia in the title game and a key interception and a touchdown reception against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Scarbrough rushed for 596 yards and 8 touchdowns. Ridley was big in Alabama's 26-23 win over Georgia. "It seems like yesterday we were in their houses recruiting them".

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