Alabama Crimson Tide’s Recent Success Underscored as More Players Reach the NFL

May 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In 2010 the Alabama Crimson Tide scored two first-rounders in the NFL draft and several other players were drafted. 

Those numbers were expected, but what has really impressed many is the number of players who signed free-agent contracts after the draft.

Not getting drafted is not the career death sentence it once was. The NFL draft at one time had 12 rounds. Back then guys picked in later rounds had only a small chance of sticking on a roster.
In 1994 it was shortened to seven rounds, leaving the remaining players to fend for themselves. In many cases, though, this allows the player to pick a team that has weaknesses at his position or runs a system suited his style of play.

Outside linebacker Corey Reamer didn't sign a free-agent contract at all after the draft, but he did get a “tryout” with the Jets.  

Many had debated the case of Reamer because he lacks great strength or the speed you see at the next level, but ...

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