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2 Alabama players selected in first round of 2022 NFL Draft

(Garland Gillen)
(Garland Gillen)(Garland Gillen)
Published: Apr. 28, 2022 at 7:59 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 28, 2022 at 8:37 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft was held in Las Vegas, Nevada Thursday night.

With the 7th pick in the draft, the New York Giants selected University of Alabama OT Evan Neal.

With the 12th pick in the draft, the Detroit Lions selected University of Alabama WR Jameson Williams.

According to the University of Alabama, head coach Nick Saban has now produced 46 first round draft picks in his career, including 41 for the Crimson Tide.

Those 41 first rounders include:

  • 2009 – Andre Smith (No. 6, Cincinnati)
  • 2010 - Rolando McClain (No. 8, Oakland), Kareem Jackson (No. 20, Houston)
  • 2011 - Marcell Dareus (No. 3, Buffalo), Julio Jones (No. 6, Atlanta), James Carpenter (No. 25, Seattle), Mark Ingram (No. 28, New Orleans)
  • 2012 – Trent Richardson (No. 3, Cleveland), Mark Barron (No. 7, Tampa Bay), Dre Kirkpatrick (No. 17, Cincinnati), Dont’a Hightower (No. 25, New England)
  • 2013 – Dee Milliner (No. 9, New York Jets), Chance Warmack (No. 10, Tennessee), D.J. Fluker (No. 11, San Diego)
  • 2014 – C.J. Mosley (No. 17, Baltimore), Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (No. 21, Green Bay)
  • 2015 – Amari Cooper (No. 4, Oakland)
  • 2016 – Ryan Kelly (No. 18, Indianapolis)
  • 2017 – Marlon Humphrey (No. 16, Baltimore), Jonathan Allen (No. 17, Washington), O.J. Howard (No. 19, Tampa Bay), Reuben Foster (No. 31, San Francisco)
  • 2018 – Minkah Fitzpatrick (No. 11, Miami), Da’Ron Payne (No. 13, Washington), Rashaan Evans (No. 22, Tennessee), Calvin Ridley (No. 26, Atlanta)
  • 2019 – Quinnen Williams (No. 3, New York Jets), Jonah Williams (No. 11, Cincinnati), Josh Jacobs (Oakland, No. 24)
  • 2020 – Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5, Miami Dolphins), Jedrick Wills Jr. (No.10 Cleveland Browns), Henry Ruggs III (No. 12, Las Vegas Raiders), Jerry Jeudy (No. 15, Denver Broncos)
  • 2021 – Jaylen Waddle (No. 6, Miami Dolphins), Patrick Surtain II, (No.9 Denver Broncos), DeVonta Smith (No. 10, Philadelphia Eagles), Mac Jones, (No. 15, New England Patriots), Alex Leatherwood, (No. 17, Las Vegas Raiders), Najee Harris, (No. 24, Pittsburgh Steelers)
  • 2022 – Evan Neal (No. 7, New York Giants), Jameson Williams (No. 12, Detroit Lions)

According to the Crimson Tide athletics department, Alabama has had at least one player selected in the first round of each NFL Draft since 2009.

The 2022 NFL Draft continues Friday night, April 29, 2022 at 6 p.m. It will conclude Saturday, April 30, 2022.

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