Alabama could make history this spring.
Is it possible for the Crimson Tide to tie the single-year record for the most first-round picks in the NFL Draft? In the view of ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., Alabama might be primed to do just that.
As shown in a cool graphic shared by Paul Finebaum on Thursday, Kiper projects that six Crimson Tide players will be taken in the first round: Jonathan Allen to the Cleveland Browns, Cam Robinson to the Los Angeles Chargers, Reuben Foster to the New Orleans Saints, Marlon Humphrey to the Tennessee Titans, Tim Williams to the Detroit Lions and O.J. Howard to the New England Patriots.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) January 19, 2017
If the Crimson Tide accomplish the feat, they would tie the output from Miami (Fla.) in 2004 for the most first-round picks produced in NFL Draft history.
All the players above played a crucial role in helping Alabama become one of the most dominant forces in college football. This past season, the Crimson Tide won a third consecutive SEC title and were close to a second straight national championship.
It’s likely that the NFL Draft will have a heavy Alabama presence in the early rounds.
The 2017 NFL Draft begins April 27 and spans three days.