NFL Draft rewind: Alabama has put 33 players in the NFL over last five years

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The NFL Draft is just around the corner on May 8th. SDS will take you around the SEC to look at every team and just how many players they have put into the league over the last five years.

There are a very few draft factories around college football, but Alabama is certainly one of them. The Tide are in an elite league, along with teams like LSU, Georgia and Florida, for putting players in the NFL year after year. It’s a factory.

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Just last year, Alabama put nine players in the NFL Draft, including the Rookie of the Year in running back Eddie Lacy, who was a second-round pick.

Alabama has put 33 players in the NFL over the last five years:

2013 (9)

Dee Milliner, New York (1st round)
Chance Warmack, Tennessee (1st round)
DJ Fluker, San Diego (1st round)
Eddie Lacy, Green Bay (2nd round)
Nico Johnson, Kansas City (4th round)
Barrett Jones, St. Louis (4th round)
Jesse Williams, Seattle (5th round)
Quinton Dial, San Francisco (5th round)
Michael Williams, Detroit (7th round)

2012 (8)

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)

2011 (5)

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)

2010 (7)

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)

2009 (4)

Andre Smith, Cincinnati (1st round)
Glen Coffee, San Francisco (3rd round)
Antoine Caldwell, Houston (3rd round)
Rashad Johnson, Arizona (3rd round)

Here is every player drafted from all 14 teams over the last five years:

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  • Well that is interesting but would be better in context. Over last five years where does that rank them with number of players drafted? How many are still in league? How many are starters? Pro Bowlers? How does that compare to other teams that are ‘draft factories’?

    • I will go through every team, and then we’ll compile the numbers. It should be pretty interesting. Georgia, along with Bama, LSU and Florida, are factories for sure. It’s pretty staggering the number of players UGA has put into the NFL.

  • Why don’t you include undrafted free agents that were picked up by NFL teams like Carson Tinker

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