Alabama has as many as four or five first-round projections for the NFL Draft coming up in April. Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack, DJ Fluker, Eddie Lacy and Barrett Jones have all been listed as possible first-round picks, with Milliner, Warmack and Fluker deemed locks.
But let’s take a trip down memory lane and look at Bama’s 24 players drafted in the last five years, shall we?
- Trent Richardson, Cleveland (1st round)
- Mark Barron, Tampa Bay (1st round)
- Dre Kirkpatrick, Cincinnati (1st round)
- Dont’a Hightower, New England (1st round)
- Courtney Upshaw, Baltimore (2nd round)
- Josh Chapman, Indianapolis (5th round)
- DeQuan Menzie, Kansas City (5th round)
- Brad Smelley, Cleveland (7th round)
- Marcell Dareus, Buffalo (1st round)
- Julio Jones, Atlanta (1st round)
- James Carpenter, Seattle (1st round)
- Mark Ingram, New Orleans (1st round)
- Greg McElroy, New York Jets (7th round)
- Rolando McClain, Oakland (1st round)
- Kareem Jackson, Houston (1st round)
- Javier Arenas, Kansas City (2nd round)
- Terrence Cody, Baltimore (2nd round)
- Mike Johnson, Atlanta (3rd round)
- Marquis Johnson, St. Louis (7th round)
- Brandon Deaderick, New England (7th round)
- Andre Smith, Cincinnati (1st round)
- Glen Coffee, San Francisco (3rd round)
- Antoine Caldwell, Houston (3rd round)
- Rashad Johnson, Arizona (3rd round)
Best Pro: One of the biggest rising superstars in the NFL is Julio Jones. The Falcons traded up to get Jones in the first round, and although it was criticized at the time, there’s no doubt Jones is one of the top five receivers in the game. Jones was arguably the NFL’s biggest breakout player in ’12, catching 79 passes for 1,198 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 6-3, 220-pound body is built like a truck, and there are no limits to Jones’ game in the future.
Worst Pro: I would describe the former No. 8 overall pick Rolando McClain as a complete first-round bust with a bad attitude. Although many thought McClain would be cut in Oakland after being suspended in 2012, the team reinstated him in December. Yes, this is the same franchise that hired Lane Kiffin. From run-ins with the law to being suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, McClain is known more for his antics off the field than on it. Hopefully he can get it together and become at least a decent pro player.
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