It’s draft day in the big city and we’er ready to bring full coverage. First, here’s the print story from today …
NEW YORK — Four years ago, the University of Alabama football team was shut out of the first round of the National Football League draft for the first time in generations. How things have changed.
Tonight, five Alabama players are expected to be selected in the first round of the draft in New York, topping the four taken in 2011’s first round.
Running back Trent Richardson is expected to be the first taken, likely in the top five, followed by four members of the defense who will be with him in midtown Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall. The other potential first-rounders are linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Dont’a Hightower, and defensive backs Mark Barron and Dre Kirkpatrick.
Alabama Coach Nick Saban plans to join the players for the prime-time event being televised by ESPN beginning at 7 p.m.
“It really is a happy time to know these guys probably worked their whole athletic career to this point to have an opportunity like this,” said Saban, who took over the program in 2007. “I certainly hope and pray these guys do get picked in the first round.”
Since that off year of 2008, Alabama has had a top-10 selection in each of the past three drafts. Four of those picks were juniors like Richardson.
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