The SEC was responsible for 49 draft picks in the 2014 NFL Draft, but Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard was not one of them. This comes as a shock to many because Hubbard was once projected to be a day two draft lock. Now it appears we know what may have caused teams to stay away from Hubbard during the three-day draft event.
According to a report by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, a minor heart abnormality may be to blame despite being cleared by a doctor with ties t the NFL. Cardiologist Charles Brown is the doctor who has cleared Hubbard for playing football. Brown is the cardiologist for the Atlanta Falcons.
“My heart’s big because I’m big,” said Hubbard to the Milwaukee paper. “There’s nothing wrong with it at all. This is more than 85% of the league. Dr. Brown looked at me and cleared me.”
Hubbard discovered the heart abnormality at the NFL Scouting Combine and now has documentation confirming he is clear to play for any NFL team he may join. He was signed by the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent and must pass a physical before officially joining the team. He does not seem concerned about that part of the process.
“I’m fine. I’ve been playing in the worst conditions the last four years in the heat of Alabama. I’ve been playing sports my whole life. I’ll be OK.”
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Two Alabama players confirmed their plans to leave a year early for the NFL on Thursday. Star safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and left tackle Cyrus Kouandijo will each leave Tuscaloosa with one year of eligibility remaining.
Clinton-Dix and Kouandijo are each expected to go in the early rounds of the draft, potentially in the first round. Head coach Nick Saban was complimentary of the two defensive standouts as they made their decisions official.
”They’ve done a wonderful job representing this institution, their families and this football program,” Saban said in a statements shared by the Associated Press. ”They’ve been a part of at least two national championships. I know it’s difficult for each and every one of these players to make decisions. They all love the University of Alabama and they have to make a difficult business decision about what is best for their future.”
”Everybody has a personal situation with their family,” Kouandjio said. ”We have to put everything – my degree, and all these things like family – it all comes together and you have to make a decision and stick with it.”
On Wednesday Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard announced his decision to turn pro as well. Alabama defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan has also decided to turn pro a year early.
Alabama linebacker Adrian Hubbard will be the first underclassmen to declare for the NFL Draft from the Crimson Tide this season, but he likely will not be the last. According to a report by CBSSports.com, Hubbard is expected to leave with one year of eligibility remaining.
Hubbard recorded 31 tackles and three sacks for Alabama this past season. Multiple draft analysts seem to be suggesting Hubbard is expected to go in the second round of the NFL Draft. For a linebacker, that is a pretty strong assessment, as not many linebackers end up as first round draft picks.
Two linebackers were drafted in the first round in the 2013 NFL Draft. Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, both from Georgia, were first round draft picks. Six linebackers were drafted in the second round. Two linebackers were drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft, with five more coming off the board in the second round. For a linebacker, the second round is a very respectable round to be drafted.
One player Alabama fans and draft folks are keeping tabs on is Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. He is expected to declare a year early for the NFL as well, but has not made announced an official decision just yet. The way Alabama has been recruiting in recent years though, it should be expected the Crimson Tide will have players ready to step in and take over at any position left with a vacancy in the starting line-up in 2014.