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64 Days ‘Til Alabama Football: Saban has stocked NFL rosters with Tide players

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Every year, the Tide sends a third of its starters to the NFL

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Right off the bat, I want to let you know I cheated. Nick Saban has sent 65 Alabama players to the NFL, not 64. But, Robert Foster deserves all the love we can show him.

This year in the 2107 NFL Draft Alabama tied a record by having 10 players selected. It also set a record by having nine players selected in the first 80 picks — That math is astounding: It means that through the first two-and-a-half rounds, 12.5% of all players taken by pro clubs had donned Crimson and White the season before. And, 2018 is expected to be another productive weekend in April, particularly on the offensive side of the ball and in the secondary.

For all the alleged knock on Alabama players as pros, 55 Alabama players were on NFL rosters as of last season, and 35 made participation rosters. Plainly they are contributing: Be it as role players as role players like Kenyan Drake, productive starters like Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw, young stars like Amari Cooper and Landon Collins, or the best in the game at their position like Julio Jones.

I’ll trust NFL GMs and coaches over writers trying to generate traffic.

It’s not just a matter of recruiting elite talent, Saban also develops that talent into pro prospects. The wins and losses, the individual honors, the championships, and the 65 new millionaires he has created in just a decade all bear witness to why he’s the best in the business.

Without further ado, here is every one of Nick Saban’s Alabama players who heard their name called in the last ten years in the NFL draft (via NFL.com)

Year / Round / Pick / Name / Position

2017 1 16 Marlon Humphrey DB

2017 1 17 Jonathan Allen DE

2017 1 19 O.J. Howard TE

2017 1 31 Reuben Foster ILB

2017 2 34 Cam Robinson T

2017 2 49 Ryan Anderson OLB

2017 2 55 Dalvin Tomlinson DT

2017 3 78 Tim Williams OLB

2017 3 79 ArDarius Stewart WR

2017 4 112 Eddie Jackson FS

2016 1 18 Ryan Kelly C

2016 2 41 Reggie Ragland ILB

2016 2 45 Derrick Henry RB

2016 2 46 A'Shawn Robinson DT

2016 2 49 Jarran Reed DT

2016 2 60 Cyrus Jones CB

2016 3 73 Kenyan Drake RB

2015 1 4 Amari Cooper WR

2015 2 33 Landon Collins SS

2015 2 36 T.J. Yeldon RB

2015 4 108 Jalston Fowler FB

2015 4 112 Arie Kouandjio G

2015 7 228 Austin Shepherd T

2015 7 253 Xzavier Dickson OLB

2014 1 17 C.J. Mosley ILB

2014 1 21 Ha Ha Clinton-Dix FS

2014 2 44 Cyrus Kouandjio T

2014 4 123 Kevin Norwood WR

2014 5 160 Ed Stinson DE

2014 5 164 AJ McCarron QB

2014 5 167 Vinnie Sunseri DB

2014 6 177 Jeoffrey Pagan DE

2013 1 9 Dee Milliner CB

2013 1 10 Chance Warmack OG

2013 1 11 D.J. Fluker OT

2013 2 61 Eddie Lacy RB

2013 4 99 Nico Johnson ILB

2013 4 113 Barrett Jones OG

2013 5 137 Jesse Williams DT

2013 5 157 Quinton Dial DE

2013 7 211 Michael Williams TE

2012 1 3 Trent Richardson RB

2012 1 7 Mark Barron DB

2012 1 17 Dre Kirkpatrick CB

2012 1 25 Dont'a Hightower LB

2012 2 35 Courtney Upshaw LB

2012 5 136 Josh Chapman DT

2012 5 146 DeQuan Menzie CB

2012 7 247 Brad Smelley RB

2011 1 3 Marcell Dareus DT

2011 1 6 Julio Jones WR

2011 1 25 James Carpenter T

2011 1 28 Mark Ingram RB

2011 7 208 Greg McElroy QB

2010 1 8 Rolando McClain MLB

2010 1 20 Kareem Jackson CB

2010 2 50 Javier Arenas DB

2010 2 57 Terrence Cody DE

2010 3 98 Mike Johnson G

2010 7 211 Marquis Johnson DB

2010 7 247 Brandon Deaderick DE

2009 1 6 Andre Smith T

2009 3 74 Glen Coffee RB

2009 3 77 Antoine Caldwell C

2009 3 95 Rashad Johnson DB

65 64 days ‘til Alabama football.

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