The National Football League is an annual event in which the National Football League (NFL) teams select eligible college football players. The teams draft in reverse order relative to their record the previous season. The last place team selects first while the Super Bowl winner selects last.
In the early years players were drafted more on hearsay and print media than any other reason. All that has changed in recent years as every NFL team will put forth great effort to evaluate the players.
Alabama high school football players have represented the state well over the years with players selected in almost every draft. The state has produced four overall number one selections and many more first round selections.
Below are links to the Alabama high school football players that have been drafted by the National Football League. If we missed any football players that were drafted by the NFL please use the forums or email us at [email protected]
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Seven Alabama players selected in 2015 NFL Draft
The 2015 NFL Draft is officially in the books from Chicago, and Alabama saw seven former Crimson Tide players selected in the three-day, seven-round event, including one first rounder.
Here is a full list of Alabama's 2015 draft picks:
WR Amari Cooper - Round 1 (Pick 4) to the Oakland Raiders
SS Landon Collins - Round 2 (Pick 33) to the New York Giants
RB T.J. Yeldon - Round 2 (Pick 36) to the Jacksonville Jaguars
FB Jalston Fowler - Round 4 (Pick 108) to the Tennessee Titans
OG Arie Kouandjio - Round 4 (Pick 112) to the Washington Redskins
OT Austin Shepherd - Round 7 (Pick 228) to the Minnesota Vikings
LB Xzavier Dickson - Round 7 (Pick 253) to the New England Patriots
Collins, Kouandjio and Shepherd become the only former Alabama players on their new teams.
Several Crimson Tide players, however, did not receive a phone call from an NFL team -- at least not yet -- and will look to sign a free agent contract with a team in the coming days.
Players like DeAndrew White, Blake Sims, Nick Perry, Trey DePriest, Christion Jones, Brian Vogler, Brandon Ivory, Jarrick Williams and Leon Brown will have to wait to receive a free agent contract with a professional franchise.
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Alabama Football: 2015 NFL Draft Tracker, Analysis and Results
Numerous members of the Alabama Crimson Tide will be rolling into the 2015 NFL draft starting on Thursday, April 30.
The headliner is wide receiver Amari Cooper. It's very conceivable to think he'll be the first non-quarterback offensive player selected. Safety Landon Collins also seems like a safe bet to hear his name called on Thursday night.
Additionally, there are multiple other draft-eligible prospects on the Crimson Tide with a great shot at being drafted.
This piece will highlight the Alabama draft hopefuls. Prior to the draft, we will analyze all of the prospects and their respective strengths as football players. Predictions on draft positioning will also be discussed.
Once the draft ends, we will update the slides, detailing each player and how he fits in with his future team.
Alabama Football Ties NFL Draft Record with Six Players Drafted in First Round
It was a historic night for Alabama football at the 2021 NFL Draft as six former Crimson Tide players found their respective homes in the National Football League.
The six players drafted is tied for the most-ever by a single team in the first round. The 2004 Miami Hurricanes is the only other team to have six players drafted in the first round.
The first Alabama player of the night to be drafted was wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who found his professional football home in the Miami Dolphins with the No. 6 overall pick. Waddle joins former Alabama quarterback and teammate Tua Tagovailoa, who the Dolphins drafted as their first pick of the 2020 draft at No. 5 overall.
Next up was cornerback Patrick Surtain II, who was drafted No. 9 by the Denver Broncos. While on the defensive side of the football, Surtain will be joining former Crimson Tide teammate in wide receiver Jerry Jeudy in Denver.
After some pick trading between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles, Alabama football saw another one of its players get drafted with the very next pick in wide receiver DeVonta Smith at No. 10 to the Eagles. Smith, like Waddle, joins former Alabama quarterback and teammate Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia.
While quarterback Mac Jones was expected to be drafted higher than his ultimate destination, heading into Thursday night there was a lot of speculation that if Jones fell far enough he would be snatched up by coach Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots.
The predictions ultimately came true, as Jones was drafted at No. 15 and will join former Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris in Foxborough.
Just two picks later, the fifth Alabama player of the night in offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood was drafted. Leatherwood went No. 17 overall to the Las Vegas Raiders, where he will be reunited with former Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III.
The sixth and final Crimson Tide pick of the first round came down to the No. 24 pick and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Both Alabama center Landon Dickerson and running back Najee Harris had been highly regarded as the two most likely picks of the Steelers in the first round, but ultimately Pittsburgh made its choice in Harris.
With Harris' pick by the Steelers, Alabama tied the all-time record for most picks from a single team in the first round. Despite having multiple players still left on the board, the final seven picks of the first round went by, and Alabama had to settle with tying the Hurricanes' 2004 record.
The Crimson Tide heads into the second round of the NFL Draft with talent still available, highlighted by Dickerson, offensive guard Deonte Brown, defensive lineman Christian Barmore and linebacker Dylan Moses.
Joey Blackwell is a staff writer for Bama Central and has covered the Crimson Tide since 2018. He primarily covers Alabama football, men's basketball and baseball, but also covers a wide variety of other sports. You can find him on Twitter @BlackwellSports.
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Alabama Crimson Tide 2015 NFL Draft Tracker
Their collegiate careers have come to a close but former Alabama Crimson Tide players will take the next step with the 2015 NFL Draft to make their dreams come true and play football at the next level. We got you covered with Bama Hammer’s 2015 NFL Draft Tracker for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
After two extremely successful years at the draft where the Tide set the record for most selections in the modern draft era in 2013 with nine and just missed that mark last season with eight, most mock drafts have the Tide coming at seven that will hopefully be selected this year. You never know what will happen during the draft though.
Even if that number comes in lower, this is great publicity to potential recruits that Coach Nick Saban and the staff can give them the tools and training that will put them in position to succeed at the next level. It’s up to the players to make the most of the opportunity.
Pull out your bookmarks for your computer or mobile device. All of your draft news will be here in this post and it will be updated throughout the draft with the picks as well as articles that include news on the Tide players that are selected. We’ve watched them excel in Tuscaloosa for a few seasons and now it’s time to watch them excel elsewhere.
Cooper was the first Crimson Tide player off the board with the Raiders selecting him in the first round with the number four pick. Cooper becomes Alabama’s 16th first round pick since 2010.
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Rewinding Alabama's 2015 NFL Draft picks
By Michael Casagrande
Rewinding Alabama's 2015 NFL Draft picks
After seven rounds, Alabama finished the NFL draft with seven players selected. Its streak of multiple first-rounders ended at five years and the total fell just short of the eight picks produced last spring. Here’s the complete rundown of Alabama’s weekend in the draft.
Round 1, Pick 4
Amari Cooper to Oakland Raiders
Cooper kept Alabama’s streak of first-round picks alive with the earliest pick since Trent Richardson went third in 2012.
Round 2, Pick 33
Landon Collins to New York Giants
Collins expected a first round pick and that’s where he was projected. Once considered a top-10 prospect, he slipped to the second round. The Giants traded up to get him with the first selection of the second night.
Round 2, Pick 36
T.J. Yeldon to Jacksonville Jaguars
There were multiple opinions surrounding Yeldon, but even he admitted to being somewhat surprised by his selection early in the second round.
Round 4, Pick 108
Jalston Fowler to Tennessee Titans
The top fullback in the draft didn’t have to wait long on the final day of the draft. He’ll be reunited with Chance Warmack in Tennessee.
Round 4, Pick 112
Arie Kouandjio to Washington
Questions about Kouandjio’s knees didn’t sway Washington, a franchise headquartered not terribly far from his Maryland home.
Round 7, Pick 228
Austin Shepherd to Minnesota Vikings
The right tackle sports a beard fit for a Viking, so this only made sense.
Round 7, Pick 253
Xzavier Dickson to New England Patriots
With just four picks left, Dickson went to the defending Super Bowl champions.