AJ McCarron, Kevin Norwood and Cyrus Kouandjio were the offensive players drafted for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Before the draft, many analysis had McCarron being selected in either the second or third round. Despite falling to the fifth, McCarron lands in a good fit with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have the talent on offense to help McCarron grow as a quarterback. He will compete with Andy Dalton for the starting job.
Kouandjio will have to learn how to play in the cold. After his tenure at Alabama, Kouandjio was selected in the second round by the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo has a quarterback in E.J. Manuel, but struggled protecting him in 2013. Kouandjio is an exceptional run blocker, but he must improve on his pass blocking if he wants to excel with the Bills.
Norwood was the clutch, sure handed receiver in his tenure with the Crimson Tide. He was selected in the fourth round (No. 123 pick) by the Seattle Seahawks. Norwood is a smooth route runner who knows how to move the chains and pick up first downs. If he can improve on creating separation and breaking tackles, Russell Wilson will have another potent receiver to work with in Norwood.
Touchdown Alabama Magazine’s own Scott Hodnett and Stephen M. Smith were live on the S&S show this week discussing Alabama’s offensive players that got drafted.