Three Alabama players selected NFL Draft picks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s Draft Day in Nashville! Hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to be in the Music City to see who their teams will select up close. And yet again, the SEC is well represented. Three Alabama players are projected to go in the first round.
Just as analysts expected, Quinnen Williams is the first member of the Crimson Tide off the board. The New York Jets held onto the third pick and took defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama, a dominant man in the trenches accustomed to playing in big games. The Jets were widely speculated to want to trade down, but instead got a building block for their defense and new coach Adam Gase.
Not even a starter before 2018, Williams won the Outland Trophy last season and is Alabama’s highest-drafted defensive player since linebacker Cornelius Bennett went No. 2 overall in 1987.
The next player to go for the Tide is offensive tackle, Jonah Williams picked No. 11 by the Cincinnati Bengals. One spot after Pittsburgh jumped in front of them, the Cincinnati Bengals bolstered their offensive line by grabbing Williams.
He can play either side of the line, is strong and mobile, and technically sound. Just like Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, the player the Steelers traded up ahead of the Bengals, to get, Williams should be an immediate starter.
Alabama’s Josh Jacobs is the first running back off the board, going as the No. 24 pick for the Oakland Raiders.