Nick Saban continues to fill the NFL with first round talent with four of his Crimson Tide players being selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. No other college program had more than two players chosen as first round picks.
Marcell Dareus (DT) was the third overall pick to the Buffalo Bills. The Atlanta Falcons made a huge leap forward to take Julio Jones (WR) with the sixth overall selection. In perhaps the most surprising move of the first round, the Seattle Seahawks drafted James Carpenter (OG). The final Bama player taken in the first round was 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram (RB) to the New Orleans Saints, who traded up for the pick from the New England Patriots.
A total of ten players from SEC schools were taken in the first round, including Bama’s four. Auburn’s Cam Newton (QB) was the first overall pick to the Carolina Panthers, and Nick Fairley (DT) was chosen by the Detroit Lions at #13. Georgia’s A.J. Green (WR) went to the Cincinnati Bengals at #4. The Arizona Cardinals selected LSU’s Patrick Peterson (DB) with the fifth overall pick. Florida center Mike Pouncey went to the Miami Dolphins at #15. The Green Bay Packers used the final pick of the first round to draft Derrick Sherrod (OT) out of Mississippi State.
Quarterback Greg McElroy and tight end Preston Dial are other former Tide players that could be drafted in the later rounds.