Going with an Alabama defensive player that has played four years in Nick Saban’s system is a tricky proposition. Just how much of the juice has Saban squeezed out of his players before they inevitably turn pro? That being said, one position group seems to have a better track record of late a the professional level after four years in Alabama: inside linebacker.
Reggie Ragland has been a good addition for the Kansas City Chiefs. Reuben Foster is talented, but troubled for the San Francisco 49ers. Perhaps the next inside linebacker of note to turn heads in the NFL with Alabama roots is Shaun Dion Hamilton? He could be going to the Titans at No. 89 in the third round.
Hamilton is 6-feet, 228 pounds. Though undersized traditionally for an inside linebacker, Hamilton could fit the prototype needed now to cover slot receivers and tight ends in the NFL level. In four years at Alabama, Hamilton had 134 total tackles (65 solo, 69 assists), 16.0 for a loss of yardage, 4.5 quarterback sacks, four pass breakups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
While he wasn’t nearly as productive in college as Ragland or Foster were, Hamilton might have more tread on the tire than both, as he only appeared in 33 games in Crimson Tide uniform. Hamilton does have serious bust potential, but could be quite the find for the Titans in the latter part of the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft.