Mark Fields

Winners and losing teams from early NFL draft entry period

Every year Alabama sends a handful of underclassmen to the NFL. Every year the next wave of stars slips into place for the Crimson Tide and Nick Saban's team rolls along.

Saban said goodbye to five underclassmen last week, including All-America defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and defensive tackle DaRon Payne, the defensive star of the Tide's College Football Playoff championship run. The Tide is neither winner nor loser in the early departure portion of the college football's offseason. Most of the players Alabama lost were expected, and no team is better equipped to withstand the departures.

The NFL announced on Friday that a record 106...