New Alabama Football Graphic Highlights Program’s NFL First Round Success Under Saban [PHOTO]
NFL Draft week has arrived and the University of Alabama is preparing to send another crop of talent into the league.
The Crimson Tide should have somewhere between two and four players taken in the first round of this year's draft, which will continue a trend under Nick Saban. Over the past seven years, 17 Alabama stars have been drafted among the first 32 picks.That amounts to more than two per draft, but a total of eight were taken in 2007 and 2008 alone.
Graphics have become a big part of the way Alabama football - and many other schools - markets its program. With only a few days until the draft begins in Chicago, Alabama shared its newest design. It features all of Saban's first round picks and appropriately names them the 'Saban Seventeen.'
A'Shawn Robinson, Jarran Reed, and Reggie Ragland will be on hand Thursday night when the draft gets underway. They will be the three representatives from last year's national championship team and all are expected to go in the first round.
Then there's center Ryan Kelly, who has improved his draft stock during workouts the past two months. One NFL analyst even thinks he might be one of the first Crimson Tide players to come off the board.