Dee Milliner, from Alabama, walks off the stage after being selected ninth overall by the New York Jets in the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Radio City Music Hall in New York.(AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama - Former Alabama football players heard their names called early and often in the 2013 NFL Draft.Read More Here
Not only were three former Crimson Tide standouts selected consecutively Thursday in the first round, but six more were drafted in the next two days.
That's a modern school record of nine players picked in seven rounds. The previous record of eight was set in 1987, when there were 12 rounds. That record was tied last year.
Alabama fell one player short of its 1945 total of 10 players drafted. That was when there were 32 rounds and 10 teams.
Five Alabama players were picked Saturday in the last four rounds of the draft:
Linebacker Nico Johnson (fourth round, Kansas City Chiefs).
Center Barrett Jones (fourth round, St. Louis Rams).
Defensive lineman Jesse Williams (fifth round, Seattle Seahawks).
Defensive lineman Quinton Dial (fifth round, San Francisco 49ers).
Tight end Michael Williams (seventh round, Detroit Lions).
This was after running back Eddie Lacy was taken late in the second round Friday by the Green Bay Packers.
That was after history was made Thursday when three players from the same team were drafted consecutive in the first round for the first time. That run started with the No. 9 pick:
Cornerback Dee Milliner (New York Jets).
Guard Chance Warmack (Tennessee Titans).
Tackle D.J. Fluker (San Diego Charger).
In the past five years, 34 Alabama players have been drafted. That's more than the number of Crimson Tide players who were drafted in the previous 10 seasons.