Counting down the Alabama roster three players at a time. Today we take a look at tight end Kedrick James and linebackers Joshua McMillon and Markail Benton.

44 TE Kedrick James

2017 season: Saw action in five games as a true freshman, including SEC matchups with Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Tennessee. Didn't record a reception.

2018 spring practice: Worked with the 2s, supporting first-teamers Hale Hentges and Irv Smith Jr. In the A-Day game, James opened the scrimmage as the lone tight end on the field for the Crimson (second-team) offense. Lone grab on the day came early in the first quarter and covered 30 yards. Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award recipient at the close of spring drills.

What he brings to the table: At 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, James looks the part of a future NFL tight end. Starting-caliber talent who is capable of dealing with defensive ends and outside linebackers as a blocker while also athletic enough to carry out the demands the position calls for in the passing game. Works both in-line and at the H. Headed into the summer competing for the third spot in the tight end rotation, with Miller Forristall and Major Tennison also in that mix.

40 LB Joshua McMillon

2017 season: Appeared in eight contests as a redshirt sophomore, making five total stops. Injuries to Shaun Dion Hamilton and Mack Wilson in November pushed McMillion up to rotational status. Recipient of the Commitment to Academic Excellence Award, which goes to "the player who has demonstrated the greatest commitment and achievement in his academic endeavors during the previous year".

2018 spring practice: Paired with Benton to work with the 2s at the inside linebacker spots. Duo got the nod to open the A-Day game for the White (second-team) defense. In the final practice of the spring, McMillon posted a team-high nine tackles, including one for loss, for the White squad.

What he brings to the table: Has experience at both the inside and outside linebacker positions. As an inside linebacker, more of a between the tackles option. With that, McMillon is a better fit in the base package than the nickel and dime looks. Dependable-if-not-dynamic depth provider who can also fill roles on kick coverage and return units.

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36 ILB Markail Benton

2017 season: Worked with the scout team defense while redshirting.

2018 spring practice: Served as a primary backup to Wilson and Dylan Moses. Joined McMillon in going wire-to-wire with the 2s. Played alongside McMillon in the A-Day game, recording six total tackles and a quarterback hurry.

What he brings to the table: With Keith Holcombe working exclusively with the UA baseball team in the spring, Benton was the beneficiary of reps behind Wilson and Moses. If Holcombe decides to forego his final season of eligibility, Benton could be in line for a spot on the two-deep at inside linebacker. At a minimum, expect to see the redshirt freshman involved on special teams, as was the case in the A-Day game.