There is no question that Alabama is currently the leader of the college football world and NFL teams have taken notice. For the third time in the past four drafts, the Jacksonville Jaguars used a day two pick on a member of the Crimson Tide
In 2015, the Jaguars drafted running back T.J. Yeldon in the second round. In 2017, they drafted offensive tackle Cam Robinson, also in the second round.
This year it was safety Ronnie Harrison, who the Jaguars selected with the 93rd overall selection in the third round.
“Big size, enforcer type of guy,” Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said of Harrison. “Big hitter. Good on special teams. We feel like he can come in, and he is going to go into the most competitive room we have there in the defensive back room with our two veteran DBs and our two veteran corners. It should be a good fit for him in there. He is going to have to bring his ‘A’ game every day to hang with those guys.”
Harrison had visited Jacksonville prior to the draft and the Jaguars obviously liked what they saw.
“He is a very bright kid,” Caldwell said. “Really high football IQ. Really smart kid. Coaches were really impressed with how he handled the questions on the board and picked up the scheme. He had a good visit here.”
Harrison also addressed the media in Jacksonville after being selected.
“I’m excited to get to work and be close to home, that’s where I’m from,” Harrison said. “Coming into a great organization and a great defense. I can’t wait to get to work.”
Harrison also discussed his relationship with former Alabama teammate and current Jaguar Cam Robinson.
“Actually really close,” Harrison said of the two. “He’s kind of one of my big brothers that I had while I was at Alabama. He introduced me to the locker room as a freshman and I kind of just got under his wings, just followed him.”
Alabama had an amazing 12 players drafted during this year’s NFL draft.
Harrison was asked if playing at Alabama gets you more prepared for playing in the NFL.
“I don’t want to say more prepared because, I mean, to be in those situations and to face the adversity to play in those extra games and get that under your belt.”
Some analysts heading into the draft had Harrison as a first-round grade and yet he fell all the way the No. 93 in the third round. Caldwell was asked if he was surprised that they were able to land Harrison that late in the draft.
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