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Alabama Football: Are NFL First-Round Picks Falling Short?

CBs Kareem Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick and DT Marcell Dareus and have endured growing pains of their own. Perhaps the only players that have stepped into the league and proven to be "NFL-ready" are WR Julio Jones and RB Trent Richardson (and the latter averaged just 3.6 YPC last fall). So much for being the NFL factory we have widely started regarding Alabama as

I've kind of hinted at this in the past and was shot down rather quickly by my fellow Gump brethren. But you can't deny that only a handful of the high end draft picks from Alabama have panned out and many have been flat out busts. Now, IMO, some of these guys had no business going in the 1st round (Kareem is a good example) so is it really their fault that teams took a chance and it didn't work?

I think the article makes a good case that Alabama is full of team players and not NFL stars. However, that trend is likely to end with the type of NFL ready talent currently on the roster (TJ, Amari, CyKo etc)

The Devil came to Tennessee: Nick Saban and the wrath of 'The Third Saturday' - SBNation.com

"I thought, if Alabama loses the national championship, I'm probably gonna wait 'til March before I advertise it. If they win, I'm going to," he snaps his fingers, "hit it quick. Obviously they won it, and we put a billboard up. I don't know if you've seen that billboard, but a lot of people hate that billboard."

Alabama leads way on Athlon's all-SEC preseason teams, placing 6 on 1st group, 14 overall | al.com

Running back T.J. Yeldon, wide receiver Amari Cooper, right guard Anthony Steen, left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix represent the Crimson Tide on Athlon's first team. Only three other schools -- Florida, Vanderbilt and Georgia -- had more than two players on the first team.

Texas A&M AD jokes Aggies - like the moon - control the Tide, Twitter war ensues that includes A&M president | al.com

Alabama fans have heard the joke before. They're just hearing it from a new place. On Thursday, Texas A&M athletic director Eric Hyman was speaking to the Brazos County A&M Club Coach's Night. According to the San Antonio Express-News, he started with, "What do the moon and Texas A&M have in common? They both control the Tide."

Do we need to put up a sign in our locker room that reads, "BEAT A&M"?

Crimson Tide men’s basketball staff finalized | TuscaloosaNews.com

"Each of these changes were made in the best interest of our program and also each individual,"

Not the staff changes I was hoping to read about. What about a freaking competent offensive coach?? Defense is obviously not the problem for Grant, it's scoring points.

The Crimson White | Alabama 4x100m relay shatters school record

The 4x100m relay of juniors Alex Sanders, Diondre Batson and Akeem Haynes and senior Dushane Farrier combined to cross the line with a time of 38.54, bettering the school mark of 38.78 they set on Wednesday during the semifinals.

Just for contrast sake the world record in the 4 x 100 relay is 36.84 set by the Jamaican team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Still, 38.54 is a pretty darn good time especially since Florida won the 2013 meet with a time of 38.53.

If there is any doubt that ESSSEEESEEE SPPEEEED is a real thing just check out the top for teams for the 4 x 100 relay.

The Crimson White | Two former Alabama players selected in MLB Draft

Two Alabama seniors, right-handed pitcher Charley Sullivan and catcher Brett Booth, were selected on the third day of the 2013 MLB Draft. Sullivan was picked in the 29th round by the Detroit Tigers and Booth was a 34th-round selection by the Houston Astros.

ROLL MLB!

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