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Alabama CB McKinstry, LB Braswell declare for NFL draft

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Alabama linebacker Chris Braswell and cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry are heading into the NFL draft.

Both players announced their decisions via social media posts on Thursday, joining linebacker Dallas Turner and offensive tackle JC Latham in announcing plans to leave the Southeastern Conference champion Crimson Tide for the NFL.

McKinstry was a first-team Associated Press All-American and two-time first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick during his three seasons in Tuscaloosa. He had 32 tackles and seven pass deflections this season while also returning punts.

“I am so proud of what I have accomplished at the University of Alabama,” McKinstry said in a post which thanked coaches, fans and family.

Braswell finished second on the team with eight sacks, behind only Turner. He had 42 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles. He also blocked a kick and returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown against Mississippi State.

Braswell finished with 76 tackles and 11 sacks over three seasons.

“Throughout my tenure at UA, I’ve achieved my primary goals of winning a national championship and, above all, earning my degree,” Braswell wrote. “Along the way, I’ve forged lifelong bonds and created indelible memories.

“However, it’s time for me to embark on a new chapter.”


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