Pink Floyd was kickin some ass...in the early days...
and Elvis and Richard Nixon were still hangin out...
That's the last time that Alabama had NO PLAYERS DRAFTED IN THE NFL DRAFT.
Yup, that's right. If you want to look at the black stain that Mike Shula, Mike DuBose, and Dennis Franchione left on the University of Alabama, this would be it. This is the first time since 1970 that not a single Alabama player was taken in the draft.
Now, it's being reported that Gilberry could have been taken in the 7th round, but he and his agent instead opted to go the route of free agency. Even still...it's the 7th round. Insane.
So our three best players last year - DJ Hall, Simeon Castille, and Wallace Gilberry - our senior leaders - weren't good enough to even be drafted. Speaks volumes of where this program was headed under Mike Shula, ehh?
Oh well. We can move on to positive things. Here's what has transpired since the draft ended yesterday afternoon:
Wallace Gilberry signed a deal with the New York Giants. They only took one DE in the draft, and he thinks he's got a shot to make the roster and maybe even earn some playing time. I don't think so, but ok.
Simeon Castille signed a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, which works out well since Sim was arrested last year, and pretty much everybody on the Bengals roster has been arrested in the past year.
Matt Caddell signed a deal with the St. Louis Rams yesterday. They're looking for some young receivers, and they've always had a pretty damn good offense. If their offensive line will give their QBs some time to throw the football, Caddell would fit right in.
finally...DJ Hall signed a deal today with the New York Giants. I think he could thrive up there with Eli as his QB...as long as his "rumored" work ethic changes. There's a reason it took this guy until Monday to ink a deal...so he needs to fix those issues.
Dark day for Tide fans...but the future is incredibly bright. Saban will just use this as another recruiting tool. You can bet your ass he's offering playing time right away as a way to get people into the fold.
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Now THAT'S how you draw people into the post... great stuff. # posted by TonyOrlando : 8:32 PM
Great Point Today! We all saw this coming - no draftees! So when everyone thinks back to last season and says that Saban is not a good game day coach but a heck of a recruiter, think about the talent he had to play with and play against. Especially admist the textbook scandal. How we won the Tennessee game and the manner in which we did still surpises me.
In my opinion, Saban proved he was a good gameday coach by doing what he did with what he had. All we need is to be patient with the process and let him set the program up as one well-oiled machine!