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The Jumbo Package │04.30.13

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Al Bello

Alabama's NFL Draft success fuels more recruiting -

Speaking of Chance Warmack, he became the sixth top-10 pick that Alabama has had in the previous three seasons. Nick Saban is in the midst of a jaw-dropping run. Since 2009, the Crimson Tide has had 14 first rounders -- doubling the next highest SEC team (Florida) and surpassing the Big Ten teams combined (13)."

Jaw dropping indeed. Over on the twitter, there was some talk over the weekend about how quickly Saban surpassed the Bear for 1st round draft picks. Of course, that didn't take into account there were about 14 NFL teams back then, not 32.

More teams = more picks.

Doesn't matter though, what Saban is achieving at Alabama is more than just impressive. We have more 1st rounders, during the same 4 year stretch, than the Big Ten had combined. #BuiltByBama

Ohio State Buckeyes take over top spot in latest 2013 Top 25 - ESPN

1. Ohio State Buckeyes Previous rank: 3 In case you haven't noticed, Urban Meyer still hasn't lost a game as Ohio State's coach. Now, here's the scary part for the rest of the Big Ten: the Buckeyes might be more talented and face a much easier schedule in 2013 than they did last season, when they went 12-0 in Meyer's first season at OSU.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide Previous rank: 1 After winning back-to-back BCS titles, Alabama probably brings back the most talented team and most accomplished coaching staff in the country. But the Crimson Tide can't win a BCS national title every season, can they?

Man, ESPN is laughingly trying to help the B1G seem relevant. After all, those morally and intellectually elite bros could use the assist after their showing at the NFL draft was beyond pitiful. Honestly, It's not that I care we aren't #1 (We should be btw) but tOSU has no place being preseason #1. I just want to know how this is possible?

tOSU face a much easier schedule in 2013 than they did last season

Top SEC players who didn't get drafted - SEC Blog - ESPN

Bray was the most surprising because of his big arm and ability to throw the football, although there were serious questions among NFL scouts about his football smarts, maturity and work ethic.

Given Bray's struggles against the SEC elite this evaluation doesn't seem far off. During the draft ESPN ran Gruden's QB Camp and he was grilling Bray about an INT he threw against 'Bama in '12. Gruden's point was that Bray missed his check down and forced the throw. Bray's? (paraphrased) "If I ever throw that pass again, I'm going to throw it on a rope and give it less air."

Gruden just laughed.

Two 2014 NFL mock drafts project five first-round picks from Alabama |

9. Tampa Bay: Alabama junior tackle Cyrus Kouandjio

21. Pittsburgh: Alabama senior inside linebacker C.J. Mosley

23. Indianapolis: Alabama junior outside linebacker Adrian Hubbard

27. Houston: Alabama junior inside linebacker Trey DePriest

29. Green Bay: Alabama junior safety HaHa Clinton-Dix

You have to wonder how long 'Bama can withstand losing so much elite talent every single year and still stay at the top? That's four juniors and one senior; Most schools crumble after losing that much. It just stands to reason that at some point, even with how Saban recruits, we will start to feel the loss of such high quality players and leadership.

On the flip side, losing so many juniors will allow the younger players who we just recruited to see the field earlier. But of course that could be a bad thing... Frick, I don't know, all we can do is trust in Saban and hope for the best.

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