NFL DRAFT: More Tiders prepare to be taken in the 1st round


1st rounders Mark Barron, Mark Ingram, James Carpenter and Julio Jones

1st rounders Mark Barron, Mark Ingram, James Carpenter and Julio Jones

It’s become a regular occurance. Every April former Alabama players are following Nick Saban’s path to the NFL.

The plan is simple: Come to Alabama, play 3 or 4 years…your choice. Follow the process, win hardware the right way, then go make big money in the NFL and change your life.

As Alabama head coach Nick Saban prepares for his seventh season leading the Crimson Tide this fall, he can look recruits in the eye and tell them he knows how to get them to the NFL. With consistency.

Trent Richardson, Dont'a Hightower and Dre Kirkpatrick

Trent Richardson, Dont’a Hightower and Dre Kirkpatrick

In his time at Alabama, Saban has placed 11 players in the money round of the draft, with at least three set to join those ranks tonight. The likely inductees into this exclusive club are Chance Warmack, Dee Milliner and DJ Fluker, with Eddie Lacy and Barrett Jones not far behind.

Marcel Dareus and Andre Smith

Marcel Dareus and Andre Smith

In addition to Lacy and Jones, other Tide players with draft hopes are nose tackle Jesse Williams, linebacker Nico Johnson, safety Robert Lester, and defensive ends Damion Square and Quinton Dial.

Kareem Jackson and Rolondo McClain

Kareem Jackson and Rolondo McClain

It’s no wonder why top recruits keep making their way to Tuscaloosa. Even if you don’t go in the first round, Nick Saban prepares you for the next level like no other.

Round one of the NFL draft begins tonight at 7:00pm EDT, televised live on ESPN.


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