Tracking Alabama Football Players in the 2012 NFL Draft

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Tracking Alabama Football Players in the 2012 NFL Draft
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One of those rare smiles that Saban offers. A 21-0 shutout leaves little to frown about.

Post-draft update:

If you're wondering where Alabama ranks as far as total number of draft picks, here's the article.

Apr 28 Intro:

Alabama's Courtney Upshaw finally went yesterday, leaving Josh Chapman and William Vlachos as my personal best Tiders remaining in the draft.

Rounds four through seven will be lightning-fast, and here at Bleacher Report, we will be keeping you up-to-date on all the latest picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Apr 27 Intro:

Alabama just produced four first-round draft picks last night—the most of any school in the 2012 NFL Draft. (Truthfully, Alabama had more defensive players picked in the first round than any other team had total players selected.)

Congrats to Saban and company for stamping out another production run of ridiculously skilled players!

The biggest question Tiders have coming into the second round is this: When will Upshaw go?

Bookmark this page for updates on every Alabama player that gets drafted in any of the seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

ROLL TIDE!

Original Intro:

Nick Saban just finished coaching his second national championship team in three years. The on-field leadership that was responsible for the defensive masterpiece that was the 2011 Tide is about to exit to the NFL.

In fact, other than Trent Richardson, every potential first-round pick is from the defensive unit. Alabama's suffocating defensive coaching staff produces the nation's No. 1 safety in Mark Barron.

Of course, Trent Richardson will be headlining this year's draft class as the No. 1 running back and likely as Alabama's first player drafted.

Alabama's defense must overcome the losses of many great players in 2012, and the NFL will benefit from the mass exodus.

Bookmark this page for updates on every player leaving the Capstone for the NFL in 2012.

The list of potential draftees from Alabama:

1) Trent Richardson, RB

2) Courtney Upshaw, OLB

3) Dont'a Hightower, ILB

4) Mark Barron, SS

5) Dre Kirkpatrick, CB

6) Josh Chapman, DT

7) DeQuan Menzie, CB

8) Brad Smelley, FB

9) Marquis Maze, WR

10) William Vlachos, C

11) Jerrell Harris, OLB

There are some HUGE values on this list. William Vlachos may be the biggest steal in this year's draft, as he is not projected to go high. Whoever picks him up (if anyone) will be getting one of the most consistent centers in college football today.

The top of the list is stacked, too. It's hard to overrate Trent Richardson. Even if he goes as high as No. 3, he would be a steal.

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