Wednesday, April 28, 2010

'Bama NFL Draft Recap/Crimson Tide Ride

Great things come to those who win, and players from the 2009 national champs were rewarded in a BIG way during the NFL Draft.

The 2010 NFL Draft marked the first time in school history that ‘Bama had five players picked in the first 3 rounds. In fact, prior to last week, Alabama hadn’t had more than five players drafted in all total…since 1994!

When the draft was over, the SEC had 49 players selected which is the most ever by the SEC. Winning breeds championships, but it also breeds NFL caliber talent.

In respect to the Crimson Tide, here is a list of all those drafted, signed as a free agent, and those attending mini-camps and workouts.

1st Round:

No. 8-Rolando McClain-Oakland
No. 20-Kareem Jackson-Houston

2nd Round:

No. 50-Javier Arenas-Kansas City
No. 57-Terrence Cody-Baltimore

3rd Round:

No. 98-Mike Johnson-Atlanta

7th Round:

No. 211-Marquis Johnson-St. Louis
No. 247-Brandon Deaderick-New England

Free Agents:

Colin Peek-Deal with Atlanta
Lorenzo Washington-Deal with Dallas
Eryk Anders-Deal with Cleveland

Mini-Camp Invites/Try-Outs:

Cory Reamer-Rookie Mini-Camp with the NY Jets
Leigh Tiffin-Rookie Mini-Camp with Cleveland
Justin Woodall-Try-Out with Chicago Bears this weekend

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Once the NFL Draft concluded, fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide had the pleasure of seeing ‘Bama take to the track! The #00 Aaron’s Toyota Camry was transformed into the Alabama National Champions Camry for the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega.

The car, driven by David Reutimann, was very competitive and stayed in the lead pack most of the day. Reutimann actually led a total of 5 laps which caused the Crimson Tide fans at Talladega to cheer!

At the end of the day, Reutimann came home with a solid 14th place finish in the Aaron’s 499, proving that even in NASCAR…Alabama is still a top 15 team!

Prior to the race, University of Alabama Director of Athletics, Mal Moore, gave the command to start engines.

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