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Alabama breaks its own record for players taken in one draft

Da'Shawn Hand

Day Three of the NFL Draft saw the Tide set a program and SEC record adding seven more draft picks to total 12 overall picks, breaking last year’s total of 10.

Defensive lineman Da’Shawn Hand was the first Alabama player off the board on Saturday as the 114th player picked overall going in the fourth round to the Detroit Lions. Hand will join former defensive lineman A’Shawn Robinson as well as former Alabama defensive lineman’s coach Bo Davis in head coach Matt Patricia’s first draft. It took Hand longer than expected to finally hear his name called and I think he’ll need time to adjust to the NFL talent, but familiarity around him could be a huge asset to his future.

In his final year as general manager in Baltimore, former Alabama player Ozzie Newsome went back to the Alabama well with the 118th pick taking cornerback Anthony Averett. Again, familiarity is a friend to Averett as 2017 first round Marlon Humphrey will be able to help him transition to the NFL. Averett was the only cornerback drafted from Alabama in the 2018 draft.

The Packers drafted punter JK Scott with the 172nd pick in the fifth round and get one of the most prolific punters in recent college history. Scott can easily flip a field with a powerful leg as he averaged 45 yards-per-kick for his four-year career.

Washington seems to have exclusive rights to Alabama defensive players as they take linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton with the 197th pick in the sixth round, making him the fourth defensive player from Alabama in the last two years.

Despite not being invited to the NFL Combine, Associated Press All-American Bradley Bozeman was drafted by the Ravens with the 215th pick in the sixth round. Bozeman is one of the best human beings in this draft as he continues to tour the state of Alabama speaking to kids about bullying. The city of Baltimore is the biggest winner here as I’m sure Bozeman will continue similar work in his new home.

By most pre-draft opinions, Bo Scarbrough was a third-round prospect so his fall to the 236th pick by the Cowboys in the seventh round has to be centered around his injuries while at Alabama. Scarbrough had one more year of eligibility left at Alabama, but took a chance in leaving early. Scarbrough won’t be asked to carry the team, but running behind one of the NFL’s best offensive lines in a limited role could pay huge dividends for Scarbrough if, IF he can stay healthy.

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