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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WHNT) - The decision to leave for the NFL can be tricky.

Unlike in baseball and basketball, football offers no real minor league feeder system where there's room to advance. There's Canada. But that hasn't launched too many careers back the big leagues.

So players essentially have one shot to make the dream a reality. That makes the decision to leave school a year early even more crucial. A year ago, nearly 40 percent of those who went pro didn't hear their name called in the seven-round draft.

The three players who announced Friday they were headed to the next level did so with coach Nick Saban's full blessing. Receiver Amari Cooper and safety Landon Collins are sure first-round picks. Both have a shot at being top-10 selections while running back T.J. Yeldonsaid he received a second-round grade from the NFL draft advisory board.

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