The first three rounds of the NFL Draft have come and gone. It was a roller coaster ride for Alabama prospects and there were definitely times where many fans were left scratching their head.
The Tide set a record by having three players selected consecutively in Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack and DJ Fluker in the first round. Nobody else has ever had that happen. If the recruiting landscape was at all fair before this draft, it is officially broken in Nick Saban’s favor after the first round.
After the three players went, the second and third rounds were a puzzle. After being the highest rated running back on many draft boards, Eddie Lacy fell all the way to the Packers at the back of the second round. He was not the first running back taken; North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard was first off the board to the Bengals.
However, the way the second round fell out for Lacy was probably the best situation he could walk into. The Packers just locked up Aaron Rodgers to a monster deal, and Rodgers has only posted some of the best statistics from a quarterback in history since he took over for Brett Favre. Lacy won’t have to battle eight man fronts often since the Packers love to spread the field. Given how powerful a team the Packers are, it is easy to argue that Eddie Lacy can be expected to have the most success of any of the Tide’s first four selections early in their career.
The other puzzle revolves around Jessie Williams. Many mocks had the big Australian pegged as a late first round talent, but he remains undrafted through the first two days. The only explanation that is feasible is to look at all of the trades. There were multiple trades throughout the first two days and potential suitors for Williams chose to trade back, or they didn’t have him as high on their board. Expect Jessie to go pretty quick on Saturday.
Speaking of Saturday, there will be a flurry of former Tiders being drafted throughout the day. Jessie Williams will be the first, but he should be joined by Nico Johnson and Michael Williams for sure. Robert Lester, Damion Square and Quinton Dial are also possibilities. Even if those players are not taken, they are certainly in the priority free agent pool shortly after the draft.