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Round Four: Nico Johnson goes early, Barrett Jones to St. Louis

Nico Johnson is a now a Kansas City Chief. (AP photo)

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.

Another Monday practice, little news

Well, another football practice media viewing period is in the books. For the most part, it was more of the same. Here are the biggest story lines I could uncover:

  • Nico Johnson was in the dreaded black non-contact jersey after spraining his left knee in the Friday scrimmage. This is just a guess, but I think he should be fine by September.
  • Joining him in the black shirt club was fellow linebacker Tana Patrick. No word on what the deal was, but it couldn’t be too serious since he was still participating in the drills.
  • According the Gentry Estes of the Mobile Press-Register, Ole Miss will be the Crimson Tide’s homecoming opponent next fall. 
  • Finally, here is a video of a drill I don’t think I’ve videoed the defensive line doing yet. These videos are getting repetitive. But to be honest, it’s all we ever get to see. Enjoy. 

Football recruit Nico Johnson acquitted

The Mobile Press Register is reporting Alabama star football recruit Nico Johnson has been found not guilty of a verbal harassment charge.

The five-star recruit was charged by a classmate earlier this month (read this) but the accusations sounded flimsy from the beginning.

Reports: Tide recruit Nico Johnson arrested

Alabama football recruit Nico Johnson was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of harassment in his hometown of Andalusia, according to several news reports.

The Star News of Andalusia had the following in its crime blotter “Nico Johnson on a misdemeanor charge of harassment after a verbal, non-physical altercation with another male. He was released on a $500 bond.”

Johnson is a five-star recruit according to who also rated him the No. 2 middle linebacker in the class of 2009.

Check back for more details as they emerge.