Tracking Alabama football's NFL undrafted free-agent signings: The full list of 2023 UDFAs
The 2023 NFL Draft has come to a close, and once again, Alabama football was well-represented with 10 selections.
Not all Crimson Tide players who are draft eligible heard their names called, though. Some remain undrafted, but reaching the NFL is still a possibility.
Those who weren't selected have the opportunity to join teams as undrafted free agents. That gives the players not selected during the seven rounds of the draft to select where they want to play, based on which teams show interest in signing them.
Although the undrafted route is not ideal as compared to being a draft pick in higher rounds, sometimes it's better to go undrafted than be selected late in the seventh round. Going undrafted comes with some freedom to choose based on what the roster is like and what a player sees as the best fit to have a shot at making an NFL roster.
Here's a look at where the undrafted Alabama prospects landed after the draft.
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Emil Ekiyor Jr., offensive lineman
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Ekiyor, a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide has signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Indianapolis Colts, a source confirmed to The Tuscaloosa News. He's an Indianapolis native who was named to the All-SEC first team this past season. Ekiyor has been with the Crimson Tide since 2018.
Eli Ricks, cornerback
Team: Philadelphia Eagles
Ricks is joining the Eagles, Alabama football announced. Ricks joined the Crimson Tide after two seasons with LSU. He didn't see the starting lineup until late in the season. His best performance was the start against Mississippi State in which he knocked down four passes.
DJ Dale, defensive lineman
Team: Buffalo Bills
Dale is joining the Bills, Alabama football announced. He was a regular in the lineup at defensive tackle for the Crimson Tide over the past four seasons. He saw time in 12 games this past season, finishing with 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Jaylen Moody, linebacker
Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Moody is joining the Bengals, NFL Network reported. After initially entering his name in the transfer portal last offseason, Moody returned and started eight games. He dealt with injuries at different times, though. He tallied 50 tackles and two sacks. He also had a fumble recovery. He was primarily a special teams player and backup in the previous four seasons wit the Crimson Tide.
Kendall Randolph, offensive lineman/tight end
Team: Seattle Seahawks
Randolph is going to the Seahawks, Alabama football announced. He was a graduate student this past season, serving as an offensive lineman and tight end. He saw time in all 13 games, starting three (two at left guard, one at tight end).