Nico Johnson is a now a Kansas City Chief. (AP photo)
The national headline of the 2013 NFL Draft’s 4th Round will be the opening pick, as the Eagles traded up to get the first pick of the day and draft former USC quarterback Matt Barkley. The headline in Tuscaloosa, Ala., however, will skip that pick and go to the next one, where former Alabama linebacker Nico Johnson was taken No. 99 overall, 2nd in the 4th round, by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The USA Today had the following analysis of the Johnson pick.
If there’s any program that produces players virtually ready to step into an NFL lineup, it’s Nick Saban’s. Johnson is already experienced in the 3-4 defense — Alabama has helped popularize the scheme at the Division I level — and could very easily step into a starting job next to Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson if he can beat out journeymen Zac Diles and Akeem Jordan.
The Chiefs are no stranger to drafting former Alabama players, drafting two defensive backs from the Tide in the last five years that still remain with the team: Javier Arenas and DeQuan Menzie.
The Chiefs have shown interest in Johnson throughout the process, starting with this interview while Johnson was preparing for the Senior Bowl.
With pick No. 113 (No. 16 in the 4th round), former Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones was picked up by the St. Louis Rams as a piece to help protect quarterback Sam Bradford.
USA Today put forth some analysis of this pickup, as well.
Jones is one of the most decorated linemen in college football history, earning three rings and multiple All-American accolades with the Tide. He’s played all five spots on the O-line — well — but left guard in St. Louis could be his ticket. Jones has played through a myriad of injuries and gutted out Alabama’s 2012 title march with a Lisfranc (foot) injury, which says a lot about his toughness.
Posted in Barrett Jones, football, NFL Draft, Nico Johnson
Tagged 4th round, Alabama 2013 NFL Draft, Alabama Crimson Tide, Alabama football, Barrett Jones, Day Three, Kansas City Chiefs, NFL draft, Nico Johnson, St. Louis Rams
This is a particularly rough break for Lacy, the redshirt junior who left a year of eligibility on the field to go to the NFL, as his injury saga continues. Lacy’s laundry list of injuries as a member of the Crimson Tide includes turf toe plus ankle and knee soreness.
Lacy said after his declaration for the NFL Draft that he was 100% healthy only once in the 2012 national championship season, when the Tide won it all against Notre Dame in Miami. Against the Irish, he tied his season-high with 20 carries, gaining 140 yards and scoring a touchdown. Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012 to make for a career total of 2,375 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Jeremy Fowler of CBSsports.com has reported the former Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal will be named the new offensive line coach for the Crimson Tide. Cristobal was fired as the head coach at FIU after going 27-47 as the head coach. FIU went 0-12 in 2006, the year before Cristobal’s arrival, and in 2010 was led to a 7-6 season and the school’s first ever bowl victory.
Cristobal was hired by Al Golden at Miami after his firing at FIU as the tight ends coach. Previously, Cristobal was part of Greg Schiano’s staff at Rutgers.
Alabama has received a commitment from high school linebacker Walker Jones, who is the younger brother of Crimson Tide center Barrett Jones and tight end Harrison Jones.
A standout at Evangelical Christian School in Cordova, Tenn., Jones is the 18th commitment for the Class of 2013 for Alabama.
In a statement released to reporters, Jones said Alabama coach Nick Saban plans to play him at inside linebacker but he could wind up on the outside or even at H-back.
Jones, who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, is rated the 18th best inside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com and No. 80 by Scout.com. He is rated as a three-star prospect by both recruiting services.
Harrison Jones highlights
The Alabama media relations department was kind enough to compile a list of each Crimson Tide player who has landed on one of the individual award watch lists.
Considering Alabama is coming off a national championship year and is expected to open in the top five in the country, plenty of Crimson Tide players are represented, as you might expect.
Jim Thorpe Award
Bronko Nagurski Trophy
Lou Groza Award
Alabama has released four different ones that the school is using for its 2012 football media guide covers. In order, they feature Robert Lester, Damion Square, Barrett Jones and AJ McCarron (who shares his cover with Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker). Which is your favorite?
Check out this close up look at the Crimson Tide offensive line hitting the sleds at Thursday afternoon’s practice. Coming right into your living room is D.J. Fluker (76), Barrett Jones (75), William Vlachos (73), Chance Warmack (65), James Carpenter (77).
More video to come. Stay tuned for that.
— Your pal Michael
Posted in Barrett Jones, D.J. Fluker, football, video
Tagged Alabama, Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack, Crimson Tide, D.J. Fluker, James Carpenter, practice, video, William Vlachos
Crimson Tide offensive linemen D.J. Fluker (76), John Michael Boswell (67), Barrett Jones (75), Chance Warmack (65) and William Vlachos (73) practice Friday.
It’s always nice to see college kids giving back on spring break instead of partying on the beach. Goodness knows I wasn’t one in that first group, but Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones is.
He went to the earthquake ravaged country last week along with teammate Hardie Buck and friend James Gannon, according to a UA news release.
Here are a few pictures of their trip courtesy of Alabama media relations.