• Defensive back Tony Brown has reportedly signed with the Chargers, per Ian Rapoport on the NFL Network.
• Levi Wallace is heading to the Buffalo Bills, per Michael Lev of Arizona Daily Star, along with wide receiver Robert Foster.
• Wide receiver Cam Sims is inking with the Cincinnati Bengals, per AL.com.
• Offensive lineman JC Hassenauer signs with the Atlanta Falcons.
• It took a few picks into Saturday’s final rounds, but the Crimson Tide picks started flying. Coming in, Alabama had five players selected, including four in the first round.
• Da’Shawn Hand selected by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round: The Lions traded up to select the defensive lineman, who will likely be a versatile reserve, at No. 114 overall. He’ll be reunited with former Alabama teammate A’Shawn Robinson.
• Anthony Averett selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round: The cornerback was taken at No. 118, with the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen immediately commenting that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome went with the best available Crimson Tide player. He’s reunited with Marlon Humphrey, whom Averett started alongside in 2016 and was a first-round selection last year.
• JK Scott selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round: The punter was pick No. 172, the third-to-last selection in the round. He was the second punter to go in the draft, behind Michael Dickson of Texas earlier in the round, and Florida’s Johnny Townsend was the subsequent pick.
I got my boy JK HAHA‼️‼️‼️😂
— Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (@haha_cd6) April 28, 2018
• Shuan Dion Hamilton selected by the Washington Redskins in the sixth round: The linebacker who had the last two seasons ended by knee injuries is joining numerous former defensive teammates. He was pick No. 197 overall, and the ninth Crimson Tide player selected.
• Bradley Bozeman selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round: The center and co-cpatin was selection No. 215 near the end of the sixth round. Alabama ties program record for most selections in a draft (1945 and 2017) and still has the seventh round to go.
• Bo Scarbrough selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round: Although the running back was hailed as potentially being an early-day selection, his pick breaks the Crimson Tide record. Scarbrough, who left with a year of eligibility remaining, was the 18th selection in the round, No. 236 overall. He’s the first Alabama player taken by the Cowboys since defensive back Tony Dixon in 2001.
• Josh Frazier selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the seventh round: The defensive lineman was the first Alabama player selected by the Steelers since cornerback Deshea Townsend in 1998. He was pick No. 246, and the 12th Alabama taken.
• As Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft sets to get under way, the three Alabama players to especially watch are safety Ronnie Harrison, defensive end Da’Shawn Hand and cornerback Anthony Averett. They may not go in that order either. Harrison is sixth on Mike Mayock’s list of players available and Mel Kiper Jr. has been saying for months that Averett might sneak into the second round.
• Alabama doesn’t have a player selected in the second round. The highlight for Crimson Tide fans was Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson announcing the second-round selection for the Miami Dolphins.
• In case you missed our story from earlier this week, NFL teams are looking for versatility at safety, like Minkah Fitzpatrick, and not hard-hitting players like Ronnie Harrison.
• Ronnie Harrison selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round: Although Harrison was touted as being a player with first-round potential, he wasn’t chosen until No. 93 overall as teams were looking for more speed than hitting in the back end. Of note, though, he’s heading back home to Florida as Harrison was raised in Tallahassee.
• Minkah Fitzpatrick arrived at the draft wearing white, Rashaan Evans is in crimson. They ‘re also wearing some big rings. Talk about representing. Nick Saban also did an appearance on College GameDay in front of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the draft is being held.
— minknmelissa (@minknmelissa) April 26, 2018
• Buffalo traded up to No. 7 to take Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen. Off course, AJ McCarron is on the Bills roster after signing a free agent.
• Minkah Fitzpatrick selected by Miami Dolphins at No. 11: As expected, Fitzpatrick was the first Alabama player to be picked, although not a lot of draft experts projected him to the Dolphins. He’ll get a four-year contract worth about $16.6 million.
• Da’Ron Payne selected by Washington Redskins at No. 13: Payne was reunited with former Alabama defensive end Jonathan Allen, a first-round selection by the Redskins last year. He’ll get a four-year contract worth approximately $14.5 million.
• Rashaan Evans selected by Tennessee Titans at No. 22: Evans went to a team that had a definite need at linebacker and traded up to get him, so it’s a pick that definitely made sense. His contract will be worth about $11.7 million over four years.
• Calvin Ridley selected by Atlanta Falcons at No. 26: Ridley doesn’t go far geographically. He’ll play alongside Alabama great Julio Jones, and Steve Sarkisian is the offensive coordinator. The four-year deal should be worth approximately $10.9 million.
— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) April 27, 2018
Preview and what to watch for …
It’s the 10thNFL draft since the University of Alabama didn’t have a single player selected, and Nick Saban has the program poised to possibly have the biggest one yet.
Alabama had a team-high 14 players invited to the NFL combine, which is always a pretty strong indicator for who might get selected, and that didn’t include center and co-captain Bradley Bozeman.
Last year Alabama set a modern program record for draft selections with 10, and tied its all-time record set in 1945. It’s very like that both will be broken this year.
Obviously, it’s a lot to keep up with, so we’ll do it for you right here. From projections to last-minute rumors and even trades, we’ll keep a running list of updates and update the picks in real team over the course of the three-day draft.
Some things to keep in mind, beginning with the schedule:
Thursday, April 26: First round (8 p.m. ET)
Friday, April 27: Second, third rounds (7 p.m. ET)
Saturday, April 28: Fourth through seventh rounds (noon, ET)
• Rashaan Evans and Minkah Fitzpatrick will both attend the draft, being held for the first time at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Saban will also attend as usual.
• Alabama has at least tied for the most first-round selections in four of the last seven years.
• If Alabama has a player selected in the first round it will pass Florida (1983-91) for the second-longest consecutive streak of players drafted in the first round since the advent of the common draft in 1967. Alabama currently has nine consecutive drafts with at least one first-round pick. Miami (1995-2008) holds the longest streak at 14.
• Alabama’s had 65 players selected since the 2009 draft, including 22 in the first round and another 15 in the second round. Miami (1998-2007) holds the record for most first-round selections in any 10-year period with 27. Keep in mind, the Crimson Tide only had one first-round selection in 2009, so they might have a better chance at it next year.
— FanBuzz (@FanBuzz) April 28, 2017
Our overall projections from three months ago haven’t changed much:
- Anthony Averett, cornerback: Third round
- Bradley Bozeman, center: Seventh round
- Tony Brown: defensive back: Sixth round
- Rashaan Evans, linebacker: First round
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, defensive back: First round
- Shaun Dion Hamilton, linebacker: Sixth round
- Da’Shawn Hand, defensive lineman: Third round
- Ronnie Harrison, second: Second round
- Da’Ron Payne, defensive tackle: First round
- Calvin Ridley, wide receiver: First round
- Bo Scarbrough, running back: Fourth round
- JK Scott, punter: Sixth round
- Levi Wallace, cornerback: Sixth round
Wide receiver Robert Foster and defensive lineman Joshua Frazier are two players to keep an eye on as well.
• SEC Country’s latest mock draft has Fitzpatrick as the first Alabama player selected at No. 9 to the 49ers, with Payne, Evans and Ridley also first-round selections.