Alabama Football: Following Up on the 2012 NFL Class with the Tide's Free Agents
This article last updated on May 2, 2012 at 1:45 AM (ET).
"Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is in the books, teams are scrambling to sign the best undrafted rookie free agents. Here is a list of players who have signed or agreed to terms with teams thus far. This will be updated as transactions officially occur or are reported by news outlets." —NFL.com
The following list is of the free agents hailing from the Capstone (verified by previous NFL.com link):
Jerrell Harris, LB: Atlanta Falcons
Alfred McCullough, OL: Baltimore Ravens
Marquis Maze, WR: Pittsburgh Steelers
Alex Watkins, LB and William Vlachos, C: Tennessee Titans
Darius Hanks, WR and Phelon Jones, CB: Washington Redskins
Alabama would see eight former players drafted, ending with Brad Smelley joining Richardson in Cleveland as the 247th overall pick.
How many of the 14 men out of Alabama will start for NFL teams in the next three years?
Adding the seven free agents, that makes 15 former Tiders that will step onto the NFL training fields in 2012.
The NFL now recognizes that the league is a passing league, and they need serious pass defenders. Phelon Jones, Jerrell Harris and Alex Watkins may not be starters right away, but with hard work and listening ears, they will carry their own weight at the next level just fine.
Tiders all thank these boys for what they did in Tuscaloosa and wish these men luck in the future. We will never forget the role you played in two crystal footballs coming to the Capstone, and we will see you on Sundays!
Update: If you are wondering where Alabama ranked in terms of overall number of draft picks, here's the article.
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