TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- After five players were taken in the recently concluded 2003 NFL draft, another nine Alabama players signed contracts as free agents with NFL teams.
With the NFL draft set for this weekend, Alabama fans--and especially last year's seniors--anxiously wait and wonder.
<br><br>How many Tide players will be drafted and in what rounds?
The New England Patriots came to town for the AFC Championship Game two Januarys ago as eight-point underdogs in part because of an offensive line with only one exceptional player. Damien Woody was the rock at center while rookie second-round pick Matt Light was the left tackle.
Moved into the starting lineup as a junior after seeing limited action his initial two seasons in the program. First team All-Conference choice in 2002. Holds the Alabama offensive line record with a 510 pound bench press.
With scouts and coaches on hand from more than 14 different NFL teams, most of Alabama's graduating seniors, including several athletes from previous seasons, took part in Pro Day activities yesterday in Tuscaloosa.
<p align="center"><b>2003 Offensive Guard Prospects</b>
<p><br>The Steelers are in good shape at guard. Alan Faneca is a two-time
Pro-Bowler and Kendall Simmons showed talent in his first season and should only
get better. Keydrick Vincent, who looked very solid in relief this season,
backs them up. A very solid group, the Steelers have no draft needs at
January 29, 2003