When the opening round of the 2019 NFL draft gets underway Thursday night in Nashville, the Alabama Crimson Tide are guaranteed to continue their streak of having a player picked in the first round for the 11th consecutive season. That’s because, defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, offensive lineman Jonah Williams and most likely, running back Josh Jacobs (or some combination of them) will hear their name at some point on night one.
However, as staggering as that testament to the Tide’s success is, they still trail the Miami Hurricanes as the greatest college football program for producing all-time consecutive first-round picks.
Starting with Warren Sapp being picked by the Buccaneers in 1995 and continuing with the likes of Ray Lewis, Edgerrin James, Ed Reed (above), Andre Johnson and the late Sean Taylor, Miami dominated the first round of the draft year after year. This included an amazing six hurricanes taken along with Taylor in the 2004 draft alone.
Alas, just like almost any other streak, Miami’s came to a conclusion in 2009, when the Hurricanes only had one player taken. And, that was in the 6th round.
“The U” actually went five more drafts before they had another first-rounder, when both offensive lineman Ereck Flowers and receiver Phillip Dorsett were taken in the opening round in 2015. Miami had a first-rounder in 2016 and in 2017, but their most recent streak was stopped a year ago, when no Cane heard his name in round one.
Back to the Tide. Their streak reached an even 10 last year, when the Dolphins took defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick last year. And, no program over the last decade has more first and second round picks then Alabama.
Further, it’s likely with all-time iconic championship winning coach Nick Saban at the helm, that Bama’s streak will continue and and be on the verge of tying the Hurricanes coming up.
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