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Alabama football made history in the first round of 2021 NFL Draft

DeVonta Smith and John Metchie celebrate Smith's TD versus Ole Miss
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No one should doubt the University of Alabama as “Wide Receiver U” anymore.

On Thursday, Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide made NFL Draft history in the first round.

Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith were both selected in the top-10. This gave Alabama multiple receivers taken in the first round in consecutive drafts.

Waddle went at No. 6 to the Miami Dolphins, and Smith was taken at No. 10 by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Tide had Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III drafted in the first round during the 2020 venue.

Alabama became the first team in the common draft era to accomplish the feat. Jeudy, Ruggs, Smith, and Waddle played at Alabama together in 2018 and 2019.

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Since 2011, Saban has placed seven receivers in the first round of the draft.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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