Three Tide players will roll into the NFL draft

After Alabama's impressive showing against Notre Dame in the National Championshp game, three players have decided to strike while the iron is hot and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Alabama tailback Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner and right tackle D.J. Fluker will all enter the draft, which begins April 25th.

On Friday, Lacy and Milliner announced that they're foregoing their senior year. Fluker is as well, but was traveling and couldn't make the announcement.

"I appreciate what they've done for the University of Alabama but we also acknowledge the fact that from a business standpoint, these guys are making good decisions about their future and what they can do," head coach Nick Saban said via Sports Illustrated.

Milliner, who projects to be a first round selection, said "I think while I was here, I met all the goals and team affirmations that I set for myself as a freshman by winning a championship, becoming an All-American, just being part of a team that always loved to win; I think I fulfilled all my goals and am ready and prepared to go to the next level."

Lacy is coming off a great game against Notre Dame, rushing for 140 yards with two TDs, and knows that running backs' longevity is shorter than other positions. "We don't have a lot of years to play this position, so you have to go while you can," he said. "I would love to come back. This is a great place. We have the best fans, but I really didn't want to risk coming back and not having such a good year or maybe even risking injury. I've had my share of injuries this year. I feel like you've got to get out while you can."

Fluker added that "These four years in Tuscaloosa have been the best four years of my life and I appreciate everyone who helped me along the way."  "[leaving early] is never an easy decision when you are playing at a place like Alabama."

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