To call Alabama a pro-factory under Nick Saban is an understatement. Since he took the reigns in 2007, 19 Crimson Tide players have been picked in the draft, with countless others getting invites to training camps as free agents.
The 2011 draft saw four players go in the first round. Three were consensus first round picks, with OT James Carpenter being a surprise pick at No. 25—ahead of Mark Ingram, Alabama's 2009 Heisman winner.
If anything can be said of Pete Carroll it is that he knows talent when he sees it, and that is why he chose Carpenter. He also brought in failboat captain Tavaris Jackson to increase the likelihood of getting Andrew Luck.
At any rate, in total, Saban has had seven of his players go in the first round as the Tide's head coach. The 2011 squad is laden with talent., as they return ten starters on defense, nine of which are juniors or seniors.
There may be a lot of excitement for the 2011 season, but Saban is known to strongly support juniors who are expected to go in the first round and Tide fans may see their team decimated by the NFL at the end of this year.
There's no way all eight of these players will go in the first round but all of them are expected to make a strong argument.