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2020 NFL Draft: Alabama players will own draft night

Tua Tagovailoa announces he will return to Alabama for his senior year
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The 2020 NFL Draft will be a good night for the Alabama Crimson Tide football program. Nick Saban has the program firing on all cylinders, so it shouldn’t be any surprise that Alabama will be well represented. In the 2018 draft, a mind-blowing 12 players were selected from Alabama, including four players being selected in the first round. This set an SEC and a school record for the most draft selections in a single draft.

In 2019, 10 players from Alabama were selected in the draft, with only three players being selected in the first round. Those players were defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, offensive tackle Jonah Williams and running back Josh Jacobs. These numbers highlight Nick Saban and his staff’s ability to develop players for the next level.

In 2020, Alabama has a real shot of breaking the record for most players taking from one school in a single year. The current record was set in 2004 by the Ohio State Buckeyes, who had 14 players selected. Even more impressive, the Crimson Tide have a real shot of breaking the Miami Hurricanes’ record set in 2004 of having the most first-round selections from one school in a single draft. That year, Miami had 6 first-round selections, including Sean Taylor, Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Vilma, D.J. Williams, Vernon Carey, and Vince Wilfork. Just how many players from Alabama will hear their name called in Las Vegas in 2020?

The 2019 Alabama football roster has 57 players that are eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft. While it is almost certain that not every eligible player will declare for the draft, it is safe to assume that many will. Based on my draft board, I could see as many as 19 players from this roster being selected in the 2020 draft. 

Players like Najee Harris (Running Back), Anfernee Jennings (Edge), Shyheim Carter (Safety), Jared Mayden (Safety), Brian Robinson (Running Back), Matt Womack (Offensive Line), Chris Owens (Offensive Line) and Scott Lashley (Offensive Line) are likely to hear their names called in the middle-to-late rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Let’s take a look at the Alabama players that are likely to be selected early in the draft and examine when we should hear their name called.

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