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Nick Saban, Alabama football sets an NFL Draft record after first two rounds

Nick Saban walks along the practice field
Photo by Kent Gidley of Alabama Athletics

Nick Saban has increased his grip on recruiting in college football.

He led the University of Alabama to tie the 2004 Miami Hurricanes on Thursday night for having the most first-round picks (six) in the common draft era. On Friday, he placed two athletes — Landon Dickerson and Christian Barmore — in the second round.

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In him putting eight players in the first two rounds, Saban caused the Crimson Tide to have the most players taken in the first two rounds of a single event since the 1967 AFL/NFL Draft.

He also set a record in having multiple wide receivers taken in the first round in consecutive drafts. The recruiting coordinators and graphic designers at UA are having fun with the NFL Draft.

We are now on day three of draft picks.

Listed below are all eight players selected in the draft.

First Round

-Jaylen Waddle (WR): No. 6 overall, Miami Dolphins

-Patrick Surtain II (CB): No. 9 overall, Denver Broncos

-DeVonta Smith (WR): No. 10 overall, Philadelphia Eagles

-Mac Jones (QB): No. 15 overall, New England Patriots

-Alex Leatherwood (OL): No. 17 overall, Las Vegas Raiders

-Najee Harris (RB): No. 24 overall, Pittsburgh Steelers

Second Round

-Landon Dickerson (OL): No. 37 overall, Philadelphia Eagles

-Christian Barmore (DL): No. 38 overall, New England Patriots

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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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