For many years the Alabama Crimson Tide has been synonymous with elite level talent in the NFL Draft. But this year the program made history. Indeed, with six players chosen in the first round they equaled the record of selections for a single university.
Alabama is everywhere
This record dates back to 2004 and was set by the Miami Hurricanes. Alabama won the national title this season against the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24 and had players to follow in just about every key position. Their two main receivers (Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith) started in the first round as well as their QB: Mac Jones. Just like the CB Patrick Surtain II who we see as the best player at his post during this Draft class and Najee Harris the RB. Not to mention the OT Alex Leatherwood.
There are still two excellent players who should be chosen in the second round: center Landon Dickerson and DT Christian Barmore.
Nick Saban and the Patriots a long history of trust
This year without combine and with a season altered by the coronavirus, NFL coaches have had to rely on their relationships more than ever. Mac Jones made history for the Patriots. He became the 11th Nick Saban player to be chosen by Bill Belichick.
This is the most players chosen by a College Football / NFL duo in history. Both men have been around for a very long time now and are two of the best coaches in their leagues. Urban Meyer should also be added to the equation which has a very good relationship with Belichick, that says a lot about the impact these coaches have on football.