All Alabama 2014 NFL First Round Draft

Chris Trotman

#BuiltByBama

There is no denying that Alabama has become a swinging door of NFL talent since Nick Saban arrived in 2007. After having three players selected in the 2007 NFL draft, Alabama had zero players selected in 2008. Since that point in time 'Bama has placed a total of 33 players in the NFL, 14 in the first round alone. #BuiltByBama

With that much elite talent, you could fill an entire NFL first round with Alabama players and that's exactly what I plan on doing today.

Below is the list of 'Bama players who have been drafted since 2008 and below that is the order for this year's NFL draft. Based on team needs, I've put on my best GM hat and tried to pick from the available list of 'Bama players and fill a complete NFL 1st round.

Criteria:

  • I based my decision on college career, not on the players success or failure in the NFL
  • I've also included guys from the 2014 Bama draft class that I'm fairly sure will be drafted
  • I tried my best to not pick based on "best available"
Available Players
Andre Smith Offensive tackle
Glen Coffee Running back
Antoine Caldwell Center
Rashad Johnson Defensive back
Rolando McClain Linebacker
Kareem Jackson Cornerback
Javier Arenas Defensive back
Terrence Cody Defensive end
Mike Johnson Offensive guard
Marquis Johnson Defensive back
Brandon Deaderick Defensive end
Marcell Dareus Defensive tackle
Julio Jones Wide Receiver
James Carpenter Offensive tackle
Mark Ingram Running back
Greg McElroy Quarterback
Trent Richardson Running back
Mark Barron Safety
Dre Kirkpatrick Cornerback
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker
Courtney Upshaw Linebacker
Josh Chapman Defensive tackle
DeQuan Menzie Cornerback
Brad Smelley Tight end
Dee Milliner Cornerback
Chance Warmack Guard
D. J. Fluker Offensive tackle
Eddie Lacy Running back
Nico Johnson Linebacker
Barrett Jones Center
Jesse Williams Defensive tackle
Quinton Dial Defensive end
Michael Williams Tight end
AJ McCarron Quarterback
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Safety
Cyrus Kouandjio Offensive tackle
CJ Mosley Linebacker
Kevin Norwood Wide Receiver


1. Houston Texans

AJ McCarron- QB

In the modern era of the NFL, success is defined by one position— Quarterback. And the Texans are likely a Super Bowl caliber team if they could only find that missing piece. But is that player AJ McCarron? With only two quarterbacks on the board, AJ is the clear leader here and the Texans are in need of a quarterback.

2. St. Louis Rams

Julio Jones- WR

Every team needs an elite Wide Receiver and there is no one in this class that can compare to Julio Jones.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

Trent Richardson- RB

With MJD headed to the west coast, Jacksonville needs an elite running back to take the pressure off their young quarterback.

4. Cleveland Browns

Chance Warmack- OG

If the Browns plan on pulling themselves out of the gutter, what better place to start than with a road grader like Chance Warmack?

5. Oakland Raiders

Andre Smith- OT

The Raiders need to solidify their offensive line and Smith will be an anchor on their line for years to come.

6. Atlanta Falcons

Courtney Upshaw- OLB

The Falcons needed help at outside linebacker and Upshaw has been one of the most feared pass rushers over the past few seasons.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Dee Milliner- CB

Tampa needs to replace the loss of corner Darrelle Revis and Milliner is the best available CB in this class.

8. Minnesota Vikings

Mark Barron- S

The Vikings NEED a quarterback but Safety is also a position of need.

9. Buffalo Bills

CJ Mosely- LB

The Bills had to decide between OT and LB and Mosely sitting at #9 was the obvious choice.

10. Detroit Lions

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix- S

Detroit needed a play maker at Safety and Ha Ha fills that void nicely.

11. Tennessee Titans

Eddie Lacy- RB

Who better to replace the speedy Chris Johnson than a bruiser like Eddie Lacy?

12. New York Giants

Marcell Dareus- DT

The Giants lost two defensive lineman in the off-season and Dareus' rare combo of pass rusher and run stopper will go a long way in filling that void.

13. St. Louis Rams

Cyrus Kouandjio- OT

With all the elite safeties and wide receivers gone, the Rams need to continue to build a healthy stable of offensive lineman to help protect Sam Bradford and his knee.

14. Chicago Bears

Dre Kirkpatrick- CB

Dre Kirkpatrick is the 2nd best corner in this class and honestly isn't that far behind Dee Milliner.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

Terrence Cody- DT

The perfect fit as a NT for the Steelers 3-4 scheme..

16. Dallas Cowboys

Jessie Williams- DT

Not the sexiest pick at #16 but Williams can play inside as a nose tackle or slip outside as DT.

17. Baltimore Ravens

James Carpenter- OT

Carpenter is a great replacement for the departing Michael Oher.

18. New York Jets

Barrett Jones- OG

The Jets need a WR but if they want to return to their run first offense, adding All-Everything offensive lineman Barrett Jones will be a great place to start.

19. Miami Dolphins

Mark Ingram- RB

Need a running back? Why not a Heisman trophy winner?

20. Arizona Cardinals

Javier Arenas- CB

Arenas can play CB but can also be a game changer at punt returner.

21. Green Bay Packers

Rashad Johnson- S

Leadership, leadership, leadership. Oh and he's also a damn good safety.

22. Philadelphia Eagles

Dont'a Hightower- OLB

Dont'a is a versatile LB who can play OLB on early downs and can also play a 7-9 technique on passing downs.

23. Kansas City Chiefs

Mike Johnson- OG

With the loss of two o-lineman in the off-season, the Chiefs had to grab the best available Guard available.

24. Cincinnati Bengals

Glen Coffee- RB

A late bloomer in college, Coffee will add both power and surprising speed to the Bengal's back field.

25. San Diego Chargers

Josh Chapman- NT

The Chargers need help on the interior of their 3-4 defense and Chapman is their man.

26. Cleveland Browns

DJ Fluker- OT

The Browns need a player maker at WR but building the best offensive line in the league is how you win championships; adding both Fluker and Warmack will go along way in making that happen.

27. New Orleans Saints

Kareem Jackson- CB

The Saints need help in the defensive backfield and Jackson is the best DB available on the board.

28. Carolina Panthers

Kevin Norwood- WR

Norwood may not be the next Steve Smith but he's everything you want in a wide out.

29. New England Patriots

Antoine Caldwell- C

The Patriots had to choose between one side of the line of scrimmage to strengthen.

30. San Francisco 49ers

Brandon Deaderick- DT

The 49ers like tough interior defensive lineman for their 3-4 defense so why not pick a guy who was shot in the arm on a Thursday and played the following Saturday?

31. Denver Broncos

Rolando McClain- LB

If you need a inside linebacker, the captain of the best defense in college football over the last two years is a great choice.

32. Seattle Seahawks

Michael Williams- TE

The Seahawks needed to add some size at TE to help in the short to intermediate passing game but also as blocker in the run game.

Undrafted Free Agents

Marquis Johnson Defensive back
Greg McElroy Quarterback
DeQuan Menzie Cornerback
Brad Smelley Tight end
Nico Johnson Linebacker
Quinton Dial Defensive end

So, where was I wrong and where was I right? Who would you have picked #1?

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