Eagles Owner Wants More Alabama Players
From the moment Nick Saban arrived on campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s player development has been second to none. Since 2009, no program has sent more players to the NFL than the University of Alabama. The Tide have seen 113 players drafted, including 41 in the first round.
In a recent interview on JAKIB Media Sports “Sports Take” Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman revealed that owner Jeffrey Lurie wants more Alabama players on the roster.
“After DeVonta’s and Landon’s rookie season…I saw Jeffrey Lurie and he goes, man, those Alabama guys are just ready to play, why haven’t you taken more Alabama guys?”.
The Eagles used the tenth overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft to select wide receiver DeVonta Smith, it was the team's first selection from Alabama since wide receiver Freddie Milons in the fifth round in 2002. They doubled up the second round, grabbing center Landon Dickerson with the No. 37 overall pick.
Smith is coming off an impressive rookie season in which he set the franchise's rookie receiving yards record with 916 on 64 receptions. Dickerson appeared in 13 games, starting 12 at guard. He played 925 total snaps, allowing just two sacks and eight quarterback hits.
Philadelphia drafted quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft. Hurts spent his first three seasons in Tuscaloosa before transferring to Oklahoma for his senior year. Last season, Hurts set the franchise single season record for rushing touchdowns by quarterback and guided the Eagles back to the playoffs.
The Eagles also signed cornerback Josh Jobe as an undrafted free agent.
The 2023 NFL draft will feature a flurry of prospects from Alabama that the Eagles will certainly have their eyes on.
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