NFL Insider Reveals How Many Alabama Players Might Get Drafted This Year

first_imgNick Saban stares on the sideline.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Alabama’s football program has a bunch of NFL talent every season. This year’s team might be special in that department, though.One NFL insider has revealed how many of the Crimson Tide’s players have a real chance at getting picked in the 2019 NFL Draft.The number: 17.“I asked an NFL personnel exec to send me the names of the draft eligible, draftable prospects to watch at Alabama. He sent me 17 names. Going to be a busy few days watching all these dudes,” NFL analyst Daniel Jeremiah tweeted.I asked an NFL personnel exec to send me the names of the draft eligible, draftable prospects to watch at Alabama. He sent me 17 names. Going to be a busy few days watching all these dudes.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) November 28, 2018Ohio State set the NFL Draft record for most players taken in one draft with 14 in 2004.It’s early, but it looks like Alabama could seriously challenge that record come spring 2019.last_img read more

Trudeau opens Canadas door wider to China and exploratory talks on free

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 11:59 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 31, 2016 at 5:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chats with the Premier of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, during a signing ceremony for several tentative agreements in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Trudeau opens Canada’s door wider to China and exploratory talks on free trade BEIJING, China – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has brought Canada closer to China after agreeing with the Chinese premier to deepen the countries’ relationships — and explore a possible free trade deal.After meeting with Trudeau, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told reporters through a translator that Canada and China will launch a feasibility study on an eventual free-trade deal.A senior Canadian official later said the two counties have ongoing technical discussions on free trade, but stressed that there are no negotiations under way at this point.“This year marks 45 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and China,” Trudeau said as he stood beside Li in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, which overlooks Tiananmen Square.“My father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, played an important role in establishing a partnership between our two countries when he was prime minister. So, I’m very happy to be extending that effort now.”The countries also agreed to hold annual meetings between the Chinese premier and the Canadian prime minister on a range of issues, including national security and the rule of law.Trudeau also said the two sides will take steps to improve trade and investment, boost tourism, expand cultural exchanges and address climate change.“With respect for cultural diversity, I think it is natural for us to understand that our two countries may have differences, on some issues this is only natural,” Li said.“But I also believe that we have far greater common interests between us and on that basis there’s every reason for us to have candid dialogue about differences and work together for proper settlements of our differences.”Asked if he had raised human rights concerns and the case of a jailed Canadian, Trudeau said the foundation of a good relationship is the ability to be frank and open about issues that can be worked on together.He added that he’s “highlighted a number of consular cases” every time he’s had the opportunity to sit down with Chinese leaders.Those cases include Kevin Garratt, a Canadian imprisoned for more than two years in China on espionage charges.Trudeau himself has indicated in the past that there’s no evidence to support the accusations against Garratt. The prime minister did not say what China has told him about Garratt’s case.Li insisted through a translator that China is a country of the rule of law. He said judicial authorities will handle cases in strict accordance with the law. He added that individuals will be treated in a “humanitarian way.”In response, the Garratt family said in a statement through their lawyer that they were “extremely frustrated” by a lack of progress in securing his release and enabling him to obtain “critically-needed medical treatment.”“Kevin should be released to allow the two countries to move forward to develop stronger ties and co-operation on many levels,” the statement said.China earlier announced an extension to its Thursday deadline to enforce rules on Canadian canola shipments so a long-term deal could be reached.The change threatened to have a negative effect on Canada’s multibillion-dollar canola exports to China.Later Wednesday, Trudeau met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing.Trudeau introduced Xi to Canadian ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques and three of his cabinet ministers: International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion.“I truly appreciate the time you’re taking to meet with me,” said Trudeau, who was seated directly opposite Xi in a meeting room.“I think it’s an indication that indeed the strong relationship between Canada and China continues to grow stronger. This meeting and this visit has been extremely effective in deepening already the close friendship between our countries.”— With files from The Associated Press read more