No school's players are heading into the NFL with more medical red flags [than Alabama]. Alabama players come with mileage ESPN.com | October 18, 2013 Former Alabama and current Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones underwent foot surgery Monday. It was a major blow to the Falcons -- and a possible blemish for the University of Alabama. As teams debated prospects in the days leading up to the 2013 draft, multiple NFL executives made a similar observation. Alabama has churned out back-to-back national championships, but a perception exists that it has chewed up some players. No school is producing more pro prospects than Alabama. Yet it seems no school's players are heading into the NFL with more medical red flags. Just last year, NFL teams' medical reports revealed that Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner underwent five different surgeries. Some trainers believed that because of the condition of his toes, former Alabama running back Eddie Lacy would not be able to have an extended NFL career. Teams questioned the condition of former Alabama guard Chance Warmack's knees, defensive tackle Jesse Williams' knees and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker's shoulder. These were the latest, but not the only, medical questions about Alabama players. Running backs Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram left Alabama with knee issues that followed them into the NFL. Former Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick battled a recurring knee injury. And Jones' first foot surgery came shortly after the NFL scouting combine, after completing a decorated college career at Alabama. Now maybe this is all just one big coincidence. No school is turning out more players in a sport that is prone to injury, so some of this is inevitable. But NFL executives believed that having many of the best players in the country squaring off in physically demanding practices and then playing games in the top college football conference took its toll. And what was beyond question was that many NFL executives noticed the trend last year and were factoring it into the selections they made. It wasn't as if they were taking Alabama players off their boards, but they were aware that some came with medical risks. Those questions repeatedly were raised before the 2013 NFL draft -- and they will be there again before the 2014 draft.