Regardless of the position, each season there is some reloading required at Alabama with talent headed off to the NFL. And it’s no different heading into 2022, but thankfully for the Crimson Tide at the defensive line position, there is not a ton it had to replace.

Phidarian Mathis was drafted in the second round by the Washington Commanders, but Alabama is bringing back guys like Tim Smith, DJ Dale, Justin Eboigbe and Byron Young among others.

Most eyes are locked on the edge rusher’s along Alabama’s front seven with Will Anderson Jr. and Dallas Turner, but the defensive line returns a good bit of experience. Dale, Eboigbe and Young are all seniors and combined for 76 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season. During spring football, Dale said that the familiarity among the group makes them better as unit.

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