Alabama could have six players drafted in the first round of next week’s NFL draft, and it doesn’t even sound surprisingBy Cameron Johnson | 04/18/2017 10:45pm
On May 2, 2016, one week after the 2016 NFL draft, sportingnews.com conducted a study of the NFL draft to determine which school had the most players selected since 2010, two years after Nick Saban became the head coach of Alabama. The results revealed that Alabama football sent more players to the NFL from 2010 to 2016 than any other school, and had produced more first round picks (17) in that time than the second and third teams on the list (Florida and LSU) combined. This study, and many others like it, have attributed to the fact that I, like many other NFL fans, find it not the least bit surprising that there are six players from the 2016 Alabama football team that are projected to go in the first round next week.
Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, OJ Howard, Cam Robinson, Marlon Humphrey and Tim Williams, three of whom where voted consensus All-Americans this past year, are all projected by TV talking heads and NFL scouts alike to be selected in the first round of next Thursday’s draft. To say that this isn’t an incredible feat would be moronic, especially if you take into consideration the fact that there are over 100 FBS teams each year that do not have a single player selected in the first round.
Nick Saban has successfully turned Alabama’s football program in to an elite talent factory that, for the past seven years, has not only dominated the college gridiron, but has also dominated the NFL draft boards of all 32 teams in the NFL, putting millions of dollars into the pockets of dozens of former Crimson Tide players. What makes this feat even more impressive is the fact that no other football program in the nation over the last seven years has come even remotely close to dethroning Alabama in this regard. Last year, the study on sportingnews.com that I mentioned earlier predicted that Ohio State would soon catch up to the Crimson Tide, but since Alabama has doubled the Buckeyes in projected first round selections this year, I think it is safe to say that this prediction has now withered and died.
Because of our football team’s immense success on the field over the past seven years, our University has dominated the entire college football spectrum. However, what has gone less noticed is the fact that we are dominating the NFL spectrum as well. We are now regarded as the go-to university for elite NFL talent, and the rest of the country shows no sign of catching up any time soon. Our accomplishments in the NFL draft would be highly regarded and greatly noticed by any other program in the country, but with Alabama, I can’t even pretend to be surprised.