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Alabama expected to lose Kouandjio, Clinton-Dix to NFL Draft

Cyrus Kouandjio could be a high first-round draft choice. (USATSI)
Cyrus Kouandjio could be a high first-round draft choice. (USATSI)

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Alabama left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio and safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix will likely enter the NFL Draft, according to a source.

"He's gone," the source said of Kouandjio, while putting Clinton-Dix's chances to leave at 99 percent.

Players must declare by Jan. 15.

Kouandjio is considered a first-round talent but did not play well in the Tide's Sugar Bowl loss to Oklahoma. He has also battled injuries at Alabama, which affected his strength early on. But make no mistake, maximizing Kouandjio's potential could pay huge dividends for an NFL team. CBSSports.com draft analyst Rob Rang lists the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Kouandjio as the seventh overall prospect in May's draft.

Clinton-Dix is widely considered the best safety in the draft and was a no-brainer to declare months ago.

Linebacker Adrian Hubbard is also expected to declare. Alabama is waiting to hear from defensive lineman Jeoffery Pagan. The Tide would like to keep him and believe there's a chance.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
 
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