Perhaps a half dozen or more of the Alabama senior football class of 2006 had hopes of being selected to play professional football. Half that number made it -- fullback Le'Ron McClain, tailback Kenneth Darby, and cornerback Ramzee Robinson.
Fullback Le'Ron McClain from Northport was the first Crimson Tide player taken in this year's draft and was the 100th Alabama player selected since 1982. He was drafted in the fourth round with the 137th overall pick by the Baltimore Ravens.
McClain started all 13 games in his senior season with the Crimson Tide. He carried the ball 11 times for 64 yards while also leading the way for the other running backs as one of the top blocking fullbacks in the country. He was also an effective pass receiver with 20 catches for 175 yards and three touchdowns. He had the game-winning two-yard touchdown catch in overtime against Ole Miss.
Two players were drafted in the seventh round. Kenneth Darby, a running back from Huntsville, was the 246th overall pick and 36th choice in the seventh round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the final pick in the draft, Ramzee Robinson, a cornerback back Huntsville, was selected by the Detroit Lions as this year's "Mr. Irrelevant" a name given to the last player selected in each year's draft. He will be invited to a week long list of activities as part of Irrelevant Week.
Darby was the starting running back in all 13 games this past season. He ran for 835 yards on 210 carries as a senior. He also was third on the team with 23 receptions for 130 yards and one touchdown. He finished his career third on the all-time rushing yards list at Alabama with 3,329 career yards. He is also fifth all-time with 3,663 career all-purpose yards.
Robinson was sixth on the team last season with 46 tackles in 13 starts at the left cornerback spot. He recorded two interceptions with one returned for a 34-yard touchdown against Florida International. He led the team with seven pass breakups. He finished his career with 146 tackles, four interceptions and 22 pass breakups.
In Alabama's history there have been 304 players drafted into professional football. Since the first draft in 1936, the Crimson Tide have had three or more players drafted 58 times with three or more in each of the past eight years.