NFL Draft 2012: Robert Lester Making Mind Up After National Title Game

TUSCALOOSA AL - NOVEMBER 13: Defensive back Robert Lester #37 of the Alabama Crimson Tide intercepts a pass against the Mississippi State Bulldogs November 13 2010 at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa Alabama. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Alabama graduate Robert Lester won't make up his mind about the 2012 NFL Draft until after the BCS National Championship Game, he says.

The Alabama Crimson Tide stand to lose a lot of talent to the 2012 NFL Draft. (Weep for them as they replace it with the No. 1 recruiting class.) While guard Chance Warmack and tackle D.J. Fluker have already said they'll return, it's the defense that could see itself massively depleted. For a couple weeks or so.

One potential returner: safety Robert Lester, who may be the draft's best free safety. He's saying he hasn't yet made up his mind, and won't do so until after the title game:

"I feel like I've got another chance to go out and prove myself in the national championship," said the redshirt junior. "Depending on that game is what will depend on whether I come back or not."

He said the fact that graduated earlier this month will not affect his decision.

"I'll still have to take classes next semester to be eligible if I do come back next season," Lester said. "Right now, since there's no school I can focus on nothing but football. I don't think being a graduate plays a part in it."

In Mocking the Draft's most recent mock draft, Lester was selected No. 43 by the Philadelphia Eagles.

For more on the Tide, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll.

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