Alabama sending five to NFL draft ceremony

Of the 26 players invited to attend the first round of the NFL draft, five came from Alabama.

Running back Trent Richardson will be joined by four defenders. Linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower got the call along with defensive backs Dre Kirkpatrick and Mark Barron.

There could be a sixth Tide representative could make the April 26 trip to New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

“The players asked me to go, and out of respect for them, I’d love to go,” coach Nick Saban said. “I’ll do everything I can to support our players.”

LSU will send three to the ceremony televised live in prime time on national TV.
Alabama had four first-round picks a season ago.

“When you look at all the first-round draft picks, there are some stats out there that we’ve had more than most and more juniors that came out and were first round draft picks than most,” Saban said. “We’ve certainly seen our share in the past three or four years.”

The Tide had at least one first-rounder in each of the past three drafts and four went in the first 10 picks.

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