Alabama Football: Grading NFL Draft landing spots for Tide players

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Alabama football racked up in the 2021 NFL Draft

The record book for the NFL Draft might as well be a link to Alabama football’s roster. After tying the record for most draft picks in the first round, the Tide finished the draft with 10 total players drafted. Alabama has dominated the draft in recent years, but this class sets itself apart, even by the Tide’s standards.

Landing spots matter with any draft. Since players have little control over their landing spot, they have to hope that they go to a quality team that will use their talents. With that in mind, these are the grades for Alabama football’s landing spots in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins: A+

First and foremost, it is impressive that Waddle went from a broken ankle to the first Alabama football player drafted. This was easily his ceiling, so it is a great situation for his bank account.

Also, Miami needs a player like Waddle. They have speed in Will Fuller, but he’s only signed for one year. Waddle will play in the slot, and he will bring consistency to Miami’s offense.

For Waddle, this is great for his NFL future. He can be productive as a rookie and develop over time with his former teammate Tua Tagovailoa.

Patrick Surtain, Denver Broncos: A-

Going in the top 10 is great for Surtain, but playing in Denver isn’t ideal. He was one pick away from being a Cowboy, which would have been a better scheme fit and marketing opportunity.

Still, Surtain will be a cornerstone for Denver immediately. He’s a great corner with a high floor. He’ll have to face off against some of the fastest receivers in the NFL, but he’s set to start as soon as he lands in Denver.