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The 2021 NFL Draft is almost here, and Alabama football is projected to have up to eight first-round picks and 12 overall.

The first round starts Thursday (7 p.m. CT) on ABC, ESPN and the NFL Network. It continues with rounds 2-3 on Friday and 4-7 on Saturday.

Mac Jones has been at the center of quarterback debates as the San Francisco 49ers decide what to do with the No. 3 overall pick, and DeVonta Smith is again fighting the notion that he is too small.

Some of the NFL’s top reporters have sorted through all the intel to put together mock drafts.

Here is where Alabama’s top players are projected to land:

Mac Jones

Jones has become one of the hottest topics in the draft as analysts and fans debate his ceiling against other top quarterbacks.

His strong arm and accuracy appear to translate well, but teams could look at quarterbacks who add a more dynamic presence in the backfield.

CBS Sports: No. 7 overall to the New England Patriots, via mock trade with the Detroit Lions.

Draft Wire: No. 9 overall to the Denver Broncos.

ESPN: No. 7 Overall to the New England Patriots, via mock trade with the Detroit Lions.

NFL.com: No. 3 overall to the San Francisco 49ers.

USA Today: No. 15 overall to the New England Patriots.

Walter Football: No. 20 overall to the Chicago Bears.

DeVonta Smith

Smith is coming off one of the greatest seasons by a wide receiver in college football history, but his weight is back in the news.

CBS Sports: No. 11 overall to the New York Giants.

Draft Wire: No. 12 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles.

ESPN: No. 11 overall to the New York Giants.

NFL.com: No. 13 overall to the Los Angeles Chargers.

USA Today: No. 6 overall to the Miami Dolphins.

Walter Football: No. 12 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Jaylen Waddle

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is one of the top athletes in the draft. He combines speed and quickness to create space and beat defenders to the corner.

CBS Sports: No. 12 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Draft Wire: No. 6 overall to the Miami Dolphins.

ESPN: No. 12 overall to the Philadelphia Eagles.

NFL.com: No. 15 overall to the New England Patriots.

USA Today: No. 11 overall to the New York Giants.

Walter Football: No. 11 overall to the New York Giants.

Patrick Surtain II

Patrick Surtain II is the most well-rounded defensive back in the class. He fits into nearly any system as a starter on day one.

CBS Sports: No. 9 overall to the Denver Broncos.

Draft Wire: No. 10 overall to the Dallas Cowboys.

ESPN: No. 10 overall to the Dallas Cowboys.

NFL.com: No. 10 overall to the Dallas Cowboys.

USA Today: No. 8 overall to the Carolina Panthers.

Walter Football: No. 10 overall to the Dallas Cowboys.

Najee Harris

Najee Harris has become the top-rated running back in the class, separating himself by introducing new facets to his game.

CBS Sports: No. 22 overall to the Miami Dolphins, via mock trade with the Tennessee Titans.

Draft Wire: No. 24 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

ESPN: No. 24 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL.com: No. 23 overall to the New York Jets.

USA Today: No. 18 overall to the Miami Dolphins.

Walter Football: No. 24 overall to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Alex Leatherwood

Alex Leatherwood has become a hot name since the Baltimore Ravens traded Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs.

With another team looking to fill a hole on the offensive line, his stock could be rising.

CBS Sports: No. 31 overall to the Baltimore Ravens.

Draft Wire: No. 38 overall, in the second round to the Cincinnati Bengals.

ESPN: No. 55 overall, in the second round to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NFL.com: No. 31 overall to the Baltimore Ravens.

USA Today: No. 31 overall to the Baltimore Ravens.

Walter Football: No. 17 overall to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Landon Dickerson

Center Landon Dickerson is big, versatile and fun.

His stock continues to rise as endorsements come in from former coaches and teammates.

CBS Sports: No. 29 overall to the Green Bay Packers.

Draft Wire: No. 64 overall, in the second round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

ESPN: No. 31 overall to the Kansas City Chiefs.

NFL.com: No. 50 overall, in the second round to the Miami Dolphins.

Walter Football: No. 35 overall, in the second round to the Atlanta Falcons.

Christian Barmore

Defensive lineman Christian Barmore has the raw skills to rise in the draft, but a report from The Athletic’s Bob McGinn cited a “resistance to coaching” as the reason for his fall.

CBS Sports: No. 26 overall to the Cleveland Browns.

Draft Wire: No. 17 overall to the Las Vegas Raiders.

ESPN: No. 44 overall, in the second round to the Dallas Cowboys.

NFL.com: No. 69 overall, in the third round to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Walter Football: No. 28 overall to the New Orleans Saints.

Others

These Crimson Tide players are not projected to land in the top two rounds but could hear their names called later in the draft.

Dylan Moses

NFL.com: No. 96 overall, in the third round to the New England Patriots.

Walter Football: No. 99 overall, in the third round to the Dallas Cowboys.

Deonte Brown

NFL.com: No. 184 overall, in the fifth round to the Baltimore Ravens.

Miller Forristall

NFL.com: No. 241 overall, in the seventh round to the Los Angeles Chargers.

Thomas Fletcher

NFL.com: No. 246 overall, in the seventh round to the Washington Football Team.

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