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2017 NFL Draft

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          Nine players from Alabama were chosen in the recent NFL draft. While that is not the most ever selected in a single year, the three first round selection ties a record. Players selected in 2017 including round selected:

Marlon Humphrey 1 CB Baltimore Alabama Hoover
O.J. Howard 1 TE Tampa Bay Alabama Autauga Academy
Reuben Foster 1 LB San Francisco Alabama Auburn
Ryan Anderson 2 LB Washington Alabama Daphne
Zach Cunningham 2 LB Houston Vanderbilt Pinson Valley
ArDarius Stewart 3 WR New York Jets Alabama Fultondale
Jonathan Ford 6 S Arizonia Cardinals Auburn New Hope
Marquez White 6 CB Dallas Cowboys Florida State Northview
Jylan Ware 7 OT Oakland Raiders Alabama State Valley

          The most players selected in any NFL draft from the state belongs to 1991 when a total of thirteen players who attended high school in Alabama were chosen. Those players include:

Ed King 2 OG Cleveland Browns Auburn Central Phenix City
Lamar Rogers 2 DE Cincinnati Bengals Auburn Opp
George Thornton 2 DT San Diego Chargers Alabama Jeff Davis
Lawrence Dawsey 3 WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers Florida State Northview
Rob Selby 3 OT Philadelphia Eagles Auburn Hoover
Darrell Malone 6 DB Kansas City Chiefs Jacksonville State Jacksonville
Fernandus Vinson 7 DB Cincinnati Bengals North Carolina State Carver Montgomery
James Joseph 7 RB Philadelphia Eagles Auburn Central Phenix City
Leon Lett 7 DT Dallas Cowboys Emporia State Fairhope
Rapier Porter 10 TE Green Bay Packers Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Eric Ramsey 10 DB Kansas City Chiefs Auburn Homewood
Byron Holdbrooks 10 DT SanFrancisco 49ers Alabama Haleyville
David Gulledge 11 DB Washington Redskins Jacksonville State Pell City

          Twelve Alabama players were selected in 1986, 2000, 2005 and 2009. The three first round picks in 2017 ties the record for most in the opening round. The other years with three selections were; 1974 (Bo Matthews, Don Reese and Wilbur Jackson), 1986 (Bo Jackson, Gerald Robinson and Jon Hand), 2007 (JaMarcus Russell, Amobi Okoye and Ben Grubbs) and 2012 (Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron and Courtney Upshaw).

          Georgia had the most players drafted with 29, followed by Florida with 27.

          O.J. Howard is not only the first player drafted in the first round who played football in the AISA, he is the first player ever drafted from the AISA. A couple of other players from the AISA played in the NFL but none were drafted.

          Vigor leads all team with the most players drafted with thirteen. Woodlawn and Sidney Lanier have each had eight players drafted since the initial NFL draft in 1936.

David Parker

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