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Agent Pat Dye Jr. represents Hightower and Menzie, along with such former Saban stars and current NFL players as Rolando McClain, Mike Johnson and Julio Jones.

He thinks Saban’s background as an NFL assistant and former Miami Dolphins head coach helps, but so does the talent.

“He certainly knows what it takes at that level, and he’s demanding of them physically,” Dye said. “He’s demanding of them mentally. I think all of those things, combined with that talent base, is why those guys have had so much success on draft day and go on to have success in the NFL.”

Plus, he adds, “They’re not going to settle for anything less than perfection over there, which is a great training ground for getting ready for the next level.”

Richardson is a candidate to go to Cleveland at No. 4 or Tampa Bay at No. 5. Barron is also regarded as a potential Top 10 pick, while the other three are projected to go in the middle to late portion of the round.

Hightower feels like playing in the complex defense of Saban and Kirby Smart helps him.

“Wherever he’s at, he’s always had success,” he said. “If you go back and look some of the players he’s put out at LSU and Michigan State, that shows a lot. They look at that. And they know that I have the athletic ability and know that I can come in in a week and get the game plan and be ready to go by Sunday. It’s definitely something that helped me out.”