When Eddie Jackson was selected as the fifth pick in the fourth round of the National Football League draft Sunday, it gave Alabama 10 picks in this year’s draft, the most ever in the Nick Saban Era and the most ever for Alabama in a seven-round event.
Jackson was selected by the Chicago Bears.
The previous high for Alabama since Saban became head coach was nine in the 2013 draft. This year’s 10 selections equaled the highest in Crimson Tide history with 10 Crimson Tide players taken in what was a 32-round draft in 1945.
Jackson joined Bama teammates Marlon Humphrey (Baltimore, Round 1), Jonathan Allen (Washington, Round 1), O.J. Howard (Tampa Bay, Round 1), Reuben Foster (San Francisco, Round 1), Cam Robinson (Jacksonville, Round 2), Ryan Anderson (Washington, Round 2), Dalvin Tomlinson (New York Giants, Round 2), Tim Williams (Baltimore, Round 3) and ArDarius Stewart (New York Jets, Round 3).
The captain of the Alabama secondary, Jackson earned second team All-Southeastern Conference from the league coaches, despite playing in only eight games in Bama’s 14-1 season due to a leg injury. The Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., native owns the Alabama record for career interception return yards with 303 on nine picks. Jackson registered 24 total tackles, two pass breakups and an interception in 2016. He also averaged 23.0 yards per punt return on 11 attempts with two touchdowns last season.
Although Michigan finished with 11 selections, Alabama’s nine selections in the first three rounds was the most of any school at the 2017 draft. The seven Crimson Tide players chosen in in the first 55 picks on Thursday and Friday is a new draft record. The nine Alabama selections in the first 80 picks is also a first in NFL draft history.