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NFL Draft 2016: Alabama ends first round with one draft pick

Former Alabama center Ryan Kelly (No. 70) blocking in SEC title game vs. Florida: Cedric Mason- TDAL Magazine

Utter chaos occurred to end round one of the NFL Draft. Ole Miss standout Laremy Tunsil fell out of the top five due to off-field issues and Ohio State had multiple players selected.

Alabama coach Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide were projected to have four first-round picks, instead Ryan Kelly represented Tuscaloosa as its lone pick to the Indianapolis Colts at No. 18.

Kelly becomes the 18th first-round pick under Saban since 2009 and fifth offensive lineman to be taken in the first round. The West Chester, Ohio native goes to a franchise that finished 29th in rushing (89.9 ypg, six touchdowns) and 28th in total offense (321.4 ypg) last season.

He blocked for Derrick Henry’s Heisman-winning year in 2015, setting the edge for 2,219 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns on 395 carries. Kelly did not allow a sack, giving Jacob Coker a chance to toss for 3,110 passing yards and 21 touchdowns a year ago.

Indianapolis hasn’t seen a household name at center since Jeff Saturday, but getting the 2015 Remington Trophy and Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner is a good start for the Colts.

Round one draft grade for Indianapolis: A

Rounds two and three of the draft will start at 7:00 p.m. (CT) on ESPN from Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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