NFL Draft: Alabama’s second round

Consecutive picks in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft featured Alabama alumni. The Philadelphia Eagles chose center Landon Dickerson at No. 37, and the New England Patriots picked defensive tackle Christian Barmore at No. 38.

Barmore earned a spot on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, and, after recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the 2020 SEC Championship Game, Dickerson started 12 games at left guard and one at right guard. Both went to the playoffs.

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Barmore and Dickerson are among the 41 players who have been picked from Alabama in the second round of the NFL Draft. But because the number of teams making selections has varied over the course of the 86 drafts, there have been 57 Alabama players chosen in what will be the second round of the 2022 draft – the 33rd through the 64th picks.

Those picks have included Pro Football Hall of Fame center Dwight Stephenson and quarterback Ken Stabler and recent All-Pro selections Trevon Diggs and Derrick Henry.

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The Alabama players who have been picked with the 33rd through 64th selections of an NFL Draft include:

No. 33 picks: George Hecht, guard, Cardinals, 1943; Mike Fracchia, back, Cardinals, 1963; DeMeco Ryans, linebacker, Texans, 2006; Landon Collins, defensive back, Giants, 2015.

Ryans earned the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award in 2006, Collins made first-team All-Pro in his second season and Hecht and Fracchia played in a total of two games. Both belong to Hecht, whose two games with the Chicago Rockets of the All-American Football Conference came four years after he was drafted by Chicago’s “other” NFL team.

No. 34 picks: Walt Merrill, tackle, Dodgers, 1940; John Wozniak, guard, Steelers, 1948; Cam Robinson, offensive tackle, Jaguars, 2017.

Wozniak shunned Pittsburgh to sign with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-American Football Conference. His NFL career ended in 1952, when, in the only season of the league’s Dallas Texans, he earned second-team All-Pro recognition. But Wozniak wasn’t finished with football. He played four more seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Western Interprovincial Football Union, which in 1958 joined the Interprovincial Rugby Football Union to form the Canadian Football League.

Merrill also had played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but he spent three seasons with the NFL version of that team.

No. 35 picks: Kevin Lee, wide receiver, Patriots, 1994; Courtney Upshaw, linebacker, Ravens, 2012.

Upshaw was a Super Bowl winner in his rookie season, which ended with Baltimore’s 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. The former Eufaula High School standout returned to the Super Bowl with Atlanta, but the Falcons lost to the New England Patriots 34-28 in overtime to cap the 2016 campaign.

No. 36 picks: George Thornton, defensive tackle, Chargers, 1991; TJ Yeldon, running back, Jaguars, 2015; Xavier McKinney, safety, Giants, 2020.

Thornton’s career came to a premature end when he suffered a stroke during the 1993 season.

Yeldon ran for 2,005 yards and six touchdowns and caught 185 passes for 1,448 yards and seven touchdowns in 60 games in six seasons.

After a training-camp injury cut into his rookie season, McKinney was one of three NFL players with at least 90 tackles and five interceptions during the 2021 season.

No. 37 pick: Landon Dickerson, center, Eagles, 2021.

No. 38 pick: Christian Barmore, defensive tackle, Patriots, 2021.

No. 39 pick: Larry Roberts, defensive end, 49ers, 1986.

Roberts spent all eight of his NFL seasons with San Francisco and won two Super Bowl rings with the 49ers.

No. 40 picks: Ray Ogden, tight end, Cardinals, 1965; Bob Baumhower, nose tackle, Dolphins, 1977; David Palmer, wide receiver, Vikings, 1994.

Ogden was the first player to play for both New Orleans and Atlanta. In New Orleans’ inaugural season, Odgen played two games for the Saints in 1967 and finished his season by playing in seven games for the Falcons.

Baumhower earned five Pro Bowl invitations in his nine seasons as a Miami starter, was a first-team All-Pro pick in 1983 and played in two Super Bowls.

Palmer was the first player with 1,000 receiving yards in a season at Alabama, and he finished third in the balloting for the 1993 Heisman Trophy. In seven seasons with the Vikings, Palmer caught 162 passes for 1,610 yards, and he has more punt-return and more kickoff-return yards in the NFL than any other Alabama alumnus.

No. 41 pick: Reggie Ragland, linebacker, Bills, 2016.

Ragland never played for Buffalo after suffering a knee injury in training camp that caused him to miss his rookie season. Traded to Kansas City in 2017, Ragland earned a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs in 2019. The former Bob Jones High School standout joined the Detroit Lions for the 2020 season and the New York Giants for the 2021 season via free agency.

No. 42 pick: Cornelius Griffin, defensive tackle, Giants, 2000.

Among Alabama alumni who were strictly defensive linemen, Griffin’s 130 NFL starts second only to Marty Lyons’ 135.

No. 43 picks: Billy Neighbors, guard, Redskins, 1962; Roman Harper, defensive back, Saints, 2006.

Both No. 43 picks were all-stars. Neighbors was All-AFL for the Boston Patriots in 1964 after taking the “other” league’s offer in 1962. Harper earned Pro Bowl invitations with New Orleans in 2009 and 2010.

No. 44 picks: Kavanaugh Francis, center, Lions, 1936; Cyrus Kouandjio, tackle, Bills, 2014.

Francis was the third Alabama player picked in an NFL Draft, following Riley Smith and Paul “Bear” Bryant in the inaugural event. But he never played in the NFL.

No. 45 pick: Derrick Henry, running back, Titans, 2016.

Henry won the Heisman Trophy in 2015 by running for an SEC-record 2,219 yards and 28 touchdowns and joined the Titans as a second-round draft choice – 17 spots behind where Alabama’s first Heisman winner, Mark Ingram, went in the draft in 2011. In two NFL seasons backing up DeMarco Murray, Henry ran for 1,234 yards. Without Murray on the Titans, Henry ran for 1,059 yards in 2018, when he broke the second 99-yard run from scrimmage in NFL history, then posted a league-leading 1,540 rushing yards in 2019 and became the eighth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season in 2020.

No. 46 picks: Sherman Williams, running back, Cowboys, 1995; Justin Smiley, guard, 49ers, 2004; A’Shawn Robinson, defensive tackle, Lions, 2016.

Williams was a member of the Dallas team that won the Super Bowl for the 1995 season, and Robinson earned a Super Bowl ring with the Los Angeles Rams in the 2021 season.

No. 48 picks: Dwight Stephenson, center, Dolphins, 1980; Siran Stacy, running back, Eagles, 1992.

Stephenson didn’t become a full-time starter until his third season, and six years later, he suffered a career-ending injury. In between, he was a Pro Bowler five times and a first-team All-Pro four times. He joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998 and was selected for the NFL All-Time Team during the league’s centennial celebration.

No. 49 picks: Jarran Reed, defensive tackle, Seahawks, 2016; Ryan Anderson, outside linebacker, Redskins, 2017.

Reed changed teams in free agency this offseason by signing with the Green Bay Packers.

No. 50 picks: Javier Arenas, defensive back, Chiefs, 2010; Irv Smith Jr., tight end, Vikings, 2019.

Smith missed the 2021 season because of a knee injury.

No. 51 picks: Lester Sims, defensive end, Browns, 1972; Trevon Diggs, cornerback, Cowboys, 2020.

In his second NFL season, Diggs earned All-Pro recognition with the highest interception total in 40 years. Diggs led the NFL in 2021 with 11 interceptions, 142 interception-return yards and two interception-return touchdowns.

No. 52 pick: Ken Stabler, quarterback, Raiders, 1968.

Stabler played for the Spokane Shockers of the Continental Football League before he ever took a snap for the Raiders. But when he replaced Daryle Lamonica as Oakland’s quarterback, “Snake” was on the way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, although it took until 2016 for the former Foley High School star to be enshrined. Stabler was the NFL MVP in 1974 and, two seasons later, led Oakland to the NFL championship with a victory in Super Bowl XI.

No. 53 picks: Leroy Monsky, guard, Dodgers, 1938; Mike Washington, cornerback, Colts, 1975.

Both the No. 53 picks were natives of Montgomery, with Monsky prepping at Sidney Lanier and Washington at Lee. Monsky was an All-American at Alabama, but he did not continue his football career in the NFL. Washington played 100 NFL regular-season games, all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and intercepted 28 passes before a head injury in the first game of the 1984 season ended his career. Among Alabama alumni, only Lee Roy Jordan with 32 and Don Hutson with 30 have more NFL interceptions than Washington.

No. 54 picks: George Mason, tackle, Steelers, 1955; Wayne Wheeler, wide receiver, Bears, 1974; Rod Rutledge, tight end Patriots, 1998.

Rutledge started 14 games and caught five passes for the first Super Bowl-winning team for Bill Belichick and Tom Brady in New England.

No. 55 pick: Dalvin Tomlinson, defensive tackle, Giants, 2017.

After starting every game for four seasons in New York, Tomlinson signed a two-year, $ 21 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings in free agency in 2021. He started 16 games again for Minnesota, although he missed one game because last season was the first with 17.

No. 56 pick: Charley Hannah, guard, Buccaneers, 1977; Tony Dixon, defensive back, Cowboys, 2001; Raekwon Davis, defensive tackle, Dolphins, 2020.

Hannah started his NFL career as a defensive lineman and ended it as an offensive lineman. In between, he played in 148 NFL regular-season games, with 126 starts. In 1983, Hannah was the left guard for the Oakland Raiders’ Super Bowl championship team.

Davis earned a spot on the Professional Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team for the 2020 season.

No. 57 picks: Antwan Odom, defensive end, Titans, 2004; Terrence Cody, defensive tackle, Ravens, 2010.

A two-time consensus All-American for the Crimson Tide, Cody was part of the Baltimore team that capped the 2012 season with a victory in Super Bowl XLVII.

No. 58 pick: Hal Newman, end, Dodgers, 1941.

Newman never made it to the NFL, although he did play football after Alabama. Drafted (by the military, not the NFL) after agreeing to a $ 165-per-game contract with Brooklyn, Newman was the co-captain of the Randolph Field Ramblers, who won the 1944 national service team championship and finished third in the 1944 AP Poll behind Army and Ohio State.

No. 60 picks: Jeremy Nunley, defensive end, Oilers, 1994; Cyrus Jones, defensive back, Patriots, 2016.

Jones’ career came to a premature end after three seasons when he had open-heart surgery to repair an anomalous coronary artery.

No. 61 picks: Phil Tinsley, end, Cardinals, 1946; Benny Nelson, defensive back, Lions, 1964; Tony Nathan, running back, Dolphins, 1979; Eddie Lacy, running back, Packers, 2013.

Nathan and Lacy were all-stars as rookies. Nathan was the All-Pro return specialist in 1979, when he led the NFL in punt-return average. Lacy earned a Pro Bowl invitation in 2013 when he ran for 1,178 yards and 11 touchdowns.

No. 62 picks: Johnny Musso, running back, Bears, 1972; Antonio London, linebacker, Lions, 1993.

Musso held Alabama’s career rushing record for 14 years after his final game for the Crimson Tide. But he reached Chicago only after playing in two other leagues. Coming out of Alabama, Musso took a higher contract offer from the British Columbia Lions. He played in the CFL for three seasons and was a 1,000-yard rusher and all-star in 1973. In 1974, Musso played for the WFL’s Birmingham Americans. He joined the Bears in 1975, the same year that Walter Payton arrived in Chicago. In three seasons, Musso ran for 365 yards and six touchdowns on 100 carries before an ankle injury ended his career.

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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1.

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