The University of Alabama set a school record on Thursday night by having a total of four players selected in the first-round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Marcell Dareus was selected by the Buffalo Bills with the third pick of the first-round and he was quickly followed by Julio Jones who was taken sixth by the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta traded picks with the Cleveland Browns in order to draft the former Crimson Tide wide receiver.
While many expected Mark Ingram to be the third Crimson Tide player selected in the first-round, that distinction would officially go to offensive lineman James Carpenter. The Seattle Seahawks selected Carpenter at No. 25 in what was arguably the biggest surprise of the first-round. Most (if not all) NFL “experts” and fans alike expected Carpenter to be selected no higher than late second-round…and as late as the fourth-round.
The final Alabama player selected in the first-round was none other than Mark Ingram at No. 28. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner was selected by the New Orleans Saints following a draft order trade with the New England Patriots.