After vociferously protesting the decision to limit the interaction and fact-seeking rendezvous with high school coaches, the energizing dean of the recruiting trail devised a dual-edged strategy.
The master of the counter move annually schedules a trip to Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan to celebrate the first round selection of Alabama players. Appearances on national network television during the NFL Draft allow Saban to brag on recent Tide standouts. The former Tide players are thrilled to have their head coach in attendance to show support. Additionally, high school prospects mesmerized by the extravaganza are exposed to an elephant-sized earful of Crimson Tide success at the next level, the dream for every teenage football player. Saban dials potential recruits live from the NFL Draft prime time broadcast.
Alabama had three players represented among the record 30 collegians invited to Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan for the 79th annual NFL Draft. A six-year streak of at least one Tide player chosen in the first round was upheld with the selections of linebacker C.J. Mosley to the Baltimore Ravens at no. 17 and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix to the Green Bay Packers at no. 21. The recurring parade of Alabama stars strolling across the fabled New York City stage to shake the hand of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell continues. So does the proactive tactic of college football's most dynamic and effective recruiter, Nick Saban.
2014 NFL Draft – Alabama
Round 1(17) C.J. Mosley – LB – Baltimore Ravens
Round 1 (21) HaHa Clinton-Dix – S – Green Bay Packers
Round 6 (177) Jeff Pagan – DE – Houston Texans
Kenny Bell – WR - TBD
Cade Foster – K – TBD
Adrian Hubbard – LB – signed as Free Agent with Green Bay Packers
Anthony Steen – G – signed as Free Agent with Arizona Cardinals
Nick Saban era Total NFL Draft choices over a four-year span (2011-2014) set school record 30
Nick Saban era Total NFL Draft choices 41 - Offense 18, Defense 23
Nick Saban era NFL Draft choices per year
2014 – 8
2013 – 9 (UA school record since 1967 modern draft) (10 selected in 1945 NFL Draft of 32 rounds)
2012 – 8
2011 – 5
2010 – 7
2009 – 4
2008 – 0
Nick Saban era First Round NFL Draft choices 16 - 7 offense, 9 defense
Nick Saban era First Round NFL Draft choices by position OL - 4, WR - 1, RB - 2, DL- 1, LB - 3, DB – 5 Nick Saban era Total NFL Draft choices by position
OL - 8 (C – 2, G – 2, T – 4), TE - 2, WR - 2, QB – 2, RB – 4, DL – 8, LB – 5, DB – 10
Alabama set a record for having two players selected in the first round for five straight years eclipsing USC's four-year streak (1968-1971 & 1980-83) and Miami (2001-04).