After a disappointing first night of the 2016 NFL draft with only one former player selected, Alabama was very solid in the second round with five selections. When Kenyan Drake was picked as the 73rd pick in the third round Friday, it ended the draft for Crimson Tide players.
Center Ryan Kelly was selected in the first round by the Indianapolis Colts, the 18th player selected in the draft. At the time, many expected the Crimson Tide to have four and perhaps five players taken in the opening round. But the picks ended with no more Bama names called.
In the second round on Friday, Alabama was well-represented. Linebacker Reggie Ragland was the 41st pick, going to Buffalo. Two men who passed up their senior seasons at Alabama to enter the draft went 45th and 46th, tailback Derrick Henry selected by the Tennessee Titans, followed immediately by defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson picked by Detroit. Moments later the 49th selection by Seattle was for Tide defensive lineman Jarran Reed.
Cornerback and punt return man Cyrus Jones was also a second round selection, going to New England with the 60th selection.
Alabama’s final draftee was tailback and kick returner Kenyan Drake going to Miami in the third round on the 73rd overall pick.
At least seven other Alabama seniors from the 2015 national championship team had been considered possibilities for the draft, and some or all of them may have the opportunity to join teams as free agents.
They are quarterback Jake Coker, offensive tackle Dominick Jackson, slot receiver Richard Mullaney, defensive lineman D.J. Pettway, linebacker Denzel Devall, linebacker Dillon Lee, and safety Geno Matias-Smith.