TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's secondary is undergoing another makeover after losing three NFL draft picks, including a couple of first-round picks.
The Crimson Tide navigated a similar situation in 2010. This time Alabama is trying to replace first-rounders Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick and fifth-round pick DeQuan Menzie from the nation's top defense.
Defensive backs are coach Nick Saban's particular area of expertise since he works with them daily in practice. The Tide has plenty of highly rated recruits vying to join returning starter Robert Lester in the playing rotation.
In 2010, Menzie and Kirkpatrick replaced first-round pick Kareem Jackson and second-rounder Javier Arenas as the starting corners, and seventh-round pick Ramzee Robinson also was gone.