27 April 2008
For the second time in the 69 year history of the NFL draft, no Alabama player was chosen.
You read that right. Two hundred fifty two players were selected by the NFL in seven rounds and none of them wore the Crimson.
Schools that had players taken that were not Alabama included Wheaton, Bentley, Coastal Carolina, Grand Valley State and Gardner Webb. David Vobora, an outside linebacker from Idaho, was the last player taken. Bill Curry smiles somewhere.
It's a dark day in Alabama history, but not a shock considering a 13-13 record over the past 2 years. It shows how poor the talent level was when Nick Saban landed in Tuscaloosa a bit over a year ago. Consider the following:
- Only three SEC teams went with no players drafted: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Alabama
- Auburn had five players drafted; Tennessee and Vanderbilt had three each
- Paul Gattis points out that the 1988 draft, when Kerry Goode was taken 167th (in the seventh round) was formerly the Tide's worst since the 1970 draft that included no Tide players.
It's not a tremendous surprise that Bama has underperformed based on the talent we've got leaving the program now.