Ronnie Harrison became the first former Alabama player taken on the second day of the National Football League Draft on Friday when he was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 93rd overall pick.
Harrison had been projected to go as high as late in the first round or in the second, but waited throughout the second and until nearly the end of the third before being taken.
Harrison was one of five Alabama underclassmen to declare for the draft after the 2017 season. He was a first-team All-SEC choice by the media and a second-team pick by the league coaches this season.
Harrison started the last two seasons at safety for the Crimson Tide and was one of the defense’s most consistent contributors. He was tied for the team lead with 74 tackles as a junior and was second on the team with 86 tackles as a sophomore.
Harrison had seven career interceptions, scored two defensive touchdowns in his sophomore year and defended 24 passes in his career. He also had three sacks and seven career tackles for loss.
Alabama lost its entire secondary following the 2017 season. Harrison and fellow junior Minkah Fitzpatrick declared for the draft, while seniors Anthony Averett, Levi Wallace and Tony Brown all exhausted their eligibility.