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4 Alabama players selected in 1st round of 2017 NFL Draft

Marlon Humphrey Jonathan Allen O.J. Howard Reuben Foster

Alabama had a big night at the 2017 NFL Draft on Thursday.

Former Crimson Tide players cornerback Marlon Humphrey, defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, tight end O.J. Howard and linebacker Reuben Foster were all selected in the first round.

Humphrey became the first Alabama player taken off the board when the Baltimore Ravens selected him with the 16th overall pick.

Allen, who had been widely projected as a top-five pick, fell to the Washington Redskins at No. 17.

Howard, the first tight end picked, was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers two picks after Allen with the 19th pick.

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Foster, who was expected to slide in the first round by some for a few reasons, was taken by the San Francisco 49ers at No. 31.

Overall, Alabama’s four first-round selections tied both an SEC and school record also set in both 2011 and 2012. Miami had a record six players selected in the 2004 draft and Ohio State had five taken in 2016.

The Crimson Tide also has now had at least one player selected in the first round in nine consecutive NFL drafts, which ties Florida (1983-91) for the SEC record and the second-longest streak overall in draft history. Miami owns the record at 14 (1995-2008).

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Since Alabama coach Nick Saban took over as coach in 2007, 59 Crimson Tide players now have been drafted from 2008-17.

Other Alabama players expected to be taken in this year’s draft are offensive tackle Cam Robinson, outside linebacker Tim Williams, outside linebacker Ryan Anderson, wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson and safety Eddie Jackson.

Robinson, who attended the draft by way of invitation, was expected to go in the first round but was not selected.

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Williams, Anderson and Stewart all could go in the second round Friday, though it’s possible they could fall to the third round. Williams, at least at one time, was considered a potential first-round pick, but failed drug tests and an arrest at Alabama are believed to be reasons behind his fall.

Tomlinson has been mostly viewed as a third- or fourth-round pick, with a possible chance he could sneak into the second round. Jackson has been projected to go at some point between the third and fifth rounds.

Considering Williams, Anderson, Stewart, Tomlinson and Jackson’s draft stocks, it appears Alabama has a realistic chance of tying Ohio State’s record of 10 players drafted in the first three rounds set in 2016. Tennessee has the second most with eight in 2000.

Allen and Saban also attended the draft Thursday.

Former Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick.

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