Happy NFL draft day! What could be the biggest day of the lives of many former Alabama players is finally upon us.
If past history holds true, there are 26 teams that could be in play to draft an Alabama player. As Ben Jones pointed out on Twitter, the following teams have the longest droughts of drafting an Alabama player:
Denver (2004), Philadelphia (2002), Dallas (2001) and Pittsburgh (1998).
Alabama has had 80 players drafted since 2004, last time the Broncos took an Alabama player. Teams that have gone longer than that without taking an Alabama player are Philadelphia (2002), Dallas (2001) and Pittsburgh (1998). https://t.co/ZSwReik5l9
— Ben Jones (@BW_Jones) April 24, 2018
2018 NFL Draft
Schedule: First round Thursday at 7 p.m.
Second and third rounds Friday at 6 p.m.
Fourth through seventh rounds Saturday at 11 a.m.
Where: AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
TV: ESPN and NFL Network
Here’s a final look at the mock drafts from seven different sites: ESPN (Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.), Pro Football Focus, Sports Illustrated (Peter King), Walter Football, CBS Sports (R.J. White), NFL.com (Mike Mayock) and Bleacher Report (Chris Simms).
Kiper and McShay’s mock is three rounds, while Walter Football and CBS Sports are seven-round mocks.
Here’s a look at how each Alabama player is mocked to go in the draft:
7th (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): ESPN, Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated
9th (San Francisco 49ers): CBS Sports
12th (Indianapolis Colts): NFL.com
13th (Washington Redskins): Pro Football Focus
14th (Green Bay Packers): Walter Football
Fitzpatrick was once in the conversation for being picked in the top four. He has slipped due to the fact some NFL teams prefer safety Derwin James and the fact he may not have a set position going into the NFL.
14th (Green Bay Packers): ESPN
16th (Baltimore Ravens): Walter Football
19th (Dallas Cowboys): Pro Football Focus
24th (Carolina Panthers): NFL.com, Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated
28th: (Atlanta Falcons via trade): CBS Sports
Ridley is still a lock to be a first round pick. He has however seen his stock slip since the end of the season. He is in danger of being passed by D.J. Moore as the top wide receiver drafted in 2018.
13th (Washington Redskins): ESPN
17th (Los Angeles Chargers): NFL.com, CBS Sports and Walter Football
20th (Detroit Lions): Sports Illustrated
21st (Cincinnati Bengals): Bleacher Reports
Pro Football Focus does not have Payne as a first round pick, but most projections have him in the first round. The Los Angeles Chargers look like his most likely destination.
19th (Dallas Cowboys): ESPN
23rd (New England Patriots): Walter Football and Sports Illustrated
25th (Tennessee Titans): NFL.com
26th (Pittsburgh Steelers via trade): CBS Sports
28th (Pittsburgh Steelers): Bleacher Report
Like Payne, Pro Football Focus does not have a first round grade on Evans. Evans is likely to be selected in the 20s range in the draft. Interestingly, CBS Sports has the pick Ridley is selected with being traded for the pick Evans is selected with.
55th (Carolina Panthers): Walter Football
60th (Pittsburgh Steelers): ESPN
61st (Jacksonville Jaguars): CBS Sports
77th (Cincinnati Bengals): ESPN
78th (Kansas City Chiefs): CBS Sports
83rd (Baltimore Ravens): Walter Football
These are all the mocks that go beyond the first round. All these mocks see Harrison as a second-round pick, while Averett is a third rounder. Harrison was even seen as a potential first round pick in a recent mock.
90th (Atlanta Falcons): CBS Sports
94th (Minnesota Vikings): ESPN
109th (Baltimore Ravens): Walter Football
Scarbrough is the lone third-round player from Alabama in ESPN’s mock. He looks like a day two pick, but could slip with the depth of the running back class.
90th (Atlanta Falcons): CBS Sports
124th (Green Bay Packers): Walter Football
163rd (Washington Redskins): Walter Football
178th (Baltimore Ravens): CBS Sports
86th (Baltimore Ravens): Walter Football
184th (San Francisco 49ers): CBS Sports
Shaun Dion Hamilton:
188th (Cleveland Browns): Walter Football
215th (Baltimore Ravens): CBS Sports
185th (Oakland Raiders): CBS Sports
230th (Jacksonville Jaguars): CBS Sports
These players are likely day three picks, though someone like a Hand or a Brown could slip into the third round, as is the case in a couple of these mocks.