Alabama's Ridley, Payne, Scarbrough to enter NFL Draft

Harris rushed for an even 1,000 yards and also scored 11 touchdowns this season.

Fitzpatrick joins teammates Ronnie Harrison, Bo Scarbrough, Da'Ron Payne and Calvin Ridley in leaving early for the NFL.

Running back Damien Harris, who was seen by some as a second- or third-round pick, made a decision to return to school.

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Matt Zenitz of cited sources Wednesday who said Payne will enter the National Football League draft after tallying 53 tackles, a sack and an interception as a junior in 2017.

With Ridley off to the NFL, Alabama will turn to a talented crop of freshman receivers, including Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and DeVonta Smith, who caught the game-winning touchdown against Georgia.

Ranked No. 3 by Kiper in his draft-eligible position rankings, Payne had six tackles against Georgia in the title game and a key interception and a touchdown reception against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.

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A five-star recruit out of Monarch, Ridley had a stellar three-year collegiate career, in which he totaled 224 receptions, 2,781 yards and 19 touchdowns. Like Ridley, he is expected to go in the first round, though likely in the second half of the round. Instead, with everything he played a big part of, Ridley himself will go down as one of the most important players in Alabama Football history.

Scarbrough is not listed among the top 20 running back prospects, according to CBS, which had a recent top five of Penn State's Saquon Barkley, LSU's Derrius Guice, Stanford's Bryce Love, Southern California's Ronald Jones and Harris. ranks is the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in the 2018 draft class.

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