Alabama heading for a 10th straight draft with a first-round pick

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On Thursday night, Alabama has four players who are likely to go in the first round of the NFL draft: safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, wide receiver Calvin Ridley, linebacker Rashaan Evans and defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne. When Roger Goodell calls one of those names, it will mark 10 straight years with an Alabama player in the first round.

That’s a rare thing: Alabama currently has nine straight drafts with a first-round pick, tying it with Florida from 1983 to 1991 for the second-most consecutive drafts for a school to have a player chosen in the first round.

But once Alabama moves to 10 straight years, it will still be a ways away from the all-time record: Miami had 14 consecutive drafts with a first-round pick, from 1995 to 2008.

Given the talent Alabama recruits, there’s every reason to believe that Alabama players will keep going in the first round in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. That’s when Alabama would tie Miami’s record for the most consecutive drafts with a first-round pick.

18 responses to “Alabama heading for a 10th straight draft with a first-round pick

  1. These gm never learn anything. Of all those players selected have any lived up to their draft status besides Julio. Stay away from bama players in first round. By the time they get to the pros they are spent. Saban gets everything they got to give out of them at bama and then there toast after a few years.

  2. dryzzt23 says:
    April 21, 2018 at 7:08 am
    Your SEC bias is showing.
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    Au contraire mon ami… ‘Almost’ everything MDS said was factual. Facts may be uncomfortable (to non-SEC fans) but are inherently innocent and unbiased. Having said that, the next to the last sentence in the article is not a fact per se, but more of a Nick Saban ‘Damp Dream’.

  3. @wyldezakk

    “How many actually pan out? Huge busts from Alabama”
    _________

    You actually make a good point. I went back and looked in the recent history of Alabama draftees. There were some hits and some misses, but mainly they were just a bunch of guys in uniform.
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  4. @6ball… which is actually quite a testament to quality of Saban’s coaching skills and program.

    Love him or hate him, Saban is teh Bellichick of College football. He just keeps winning, reloading, and winning.

  5. Saban and Belichick will get all they can out of players and when they move on, they have little left. It’s not the case for all players but a lot of times it is.

  6. It’s a very impressive record. I don’t like Saban and I don’t care which conference it is. The facts are right in front of us. NFL exec’s can make decisions about the players being worn out or whatever qualifiers others may attach to ‘Bama draftees. But this, along with the Florida and Miami records are pretty strong.

  7. Kenny Phillips was the last, from Miami in 2008. Giants picked him with the last pick in round 1. He was a steal.

    Great player. Would have been an all time Giant great but he hurt his knee (like WR Steve Smith) so their runs were short.

  8. wyldezakk says:
    April 21, 2018 at 7:48 am
    How many actually pan out? Huge busts from Alabama
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    I would assume the percentage of first round players that “pan out” is about the same for Alabama first rounders.

  9. Not all of it but many times players don’t have the same success at the next level because the coaches they are under AREN’T the quality of coach they had at Alabama…

    Players are the reflection of their coaches!

  10. Saban and Belichick will get all they can out of players and when they move on, they have little left

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    So in other words they are doing the job they’re paid to do

  11. 6ball says:

    April 21, 2018 at 8:41 am

    @wyldezakk

    “How many actually pan out? Huge busts from Alabama”

    This Many:
    Pro Bowl S Landon Collins (Giants Starter)
    Pro Bowl RB Mark Ingram (Saints Starter)
    Pro Bowl WR Julio Jones (Falcons Starter)
    Pro Bowl DL Marcel Dareus (Bills Starter, now with Jacksonville)
    Pro Bowl LB Dante Hightower (Patriots Starter)
    Pro Bowl S

  12. 6ball says:

    April 21, 2018 at 8:41 am

    @wyldezakk

    “How many actually pan out? Huge busts from Alabama”

    This Many:
    Pro Bowl S Landon Collins (Giants Starter)
    Pro Bowl RB Mark Ingram (Saints Starter)
    Pro Bowl WR Julio Jones (Falcons Starter)
    Pro Bowl DL Marcel Dareus (Bills Starter, now with Jacksonville)
    Pro Bowl LB Dante Hightower (Patriots Starter)
    Pro Bowl S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix(Packers Starter)
    Pro Bowl LB C.J. Mosley (Ravens Starter)
    Pro Bowl RB Eddie Lacy (Packers Starter, now with Seattle)
    Pro Bowl WR Amari Cooper (Raiders Starter)
    Also 10-12 starters and about 10 backups.(Taxi Squad Does Not Count!)

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