The Murray selection was Oklahoma's sixth overall top choice, matching the Sooners for the most all-time with Notre Dame and Southern California. Murray was also the 90th player selected by Oklahoma in the draft since 2000. He became the first player from his school to be picked at number one overall.
The Barkley selection was Georgia's third overall pick, matching UGA with Texas A&M and South Carolina as the only other teams to have had multiple players chosen at number three. Mark Richt, who was entering his second season as head coach of Georgia at the time of the selection, called him "a playmaker who can help us right away on defense" and said he was "the best defensive player in the country."
Barkley went on to become a four-year starter for the Bulldogs and was named First Team All-American by The Sporting News and College Football News in 1999 when he led Georgia to its first undefeated regular season (12-0) and its first No. 1 ranking. He finished his career with 155 tackles, nine interceptions and 22 passes defensed.
Murray and Barkley both played defensive back for Georgia. They were the first players from their team selected at number one and three in the same draft.
On Friday night, Alabama's total of selected players grew to five. Former Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. and running back Damien Harris were selected on Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Smith was taken by the Minnesota Vikings with the No. 50 overall selection (Round 2), while Harris was selected by the New England Patriots with the No. 87 overall pick (Round 2). (Round 3). The other three players from Bama who were picked up in the draft are wide receivers Jaylen Waddle and Deion Belue and defensive tackle Phidrumn Patterson. All four players were chosen in the seventh round or later.
It is a common misconception that only players from big-time college football programs can be drafted. This is not true; every player at every school can be drafted. It just so happens that some schools have more success than others. Alabama has had more than its share of players get drafted over the years. Here are the five most recent drafts:
2019 - Five players were drafted, all but one in the seventh round or later. The one exception was Irv Smith Jr., who was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the 50th overall pick (second round). He started 31 games over the last two seasons for the Tide and caught 77 passes for 998 yards and 12 touchdowns.
2018 - Four players were drafted, all but one in the seventh round or later. Derick Roberson was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 249th overall pick (sixth round).
The Cincinnati Bengals selected QB Joe Burrow first overall, followed by four additional first-round picks: LB K'lavon Chaisson (Jaguars, No. 20), WR Justin Jefferson (Vikings, No. 22), LB Patrick Queen (Ravens, No. 28), and RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Ravens, No. 29). (Chiefs, No. 32).
The Arizona Cardinals selected Kyler Murray first overall in 2019. This is a list of the first-round choices in the National Football League draft. The National Football League draft is a sports draft held each year in which NFL teams pick newly eligible players for their rosters.
The Washington Football Team picked Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis with the 19th choice in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Washington Football Squad entered the night as a possible sleeper team in need of a quarterback deal. However, the board did not fall in their favor, and they remained at No. 19. They traded their second-round pick (42nd overall) to the New York Jets for wide receiver Quincy Smith.
Davis finished his career at Kentucky with 270 tackles, 26 sacks, and two interceptions. He was selected in the 20th round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders but declined to sign with them.
In 2019, he led the Wildcats with 12 sacks and was third on the team with 63 tackles. He received All-SEC honors from both the league's coaches and media.
As a sophomore in 2018, Davis was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year after recording 59 tackles, 11 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He was also chosen as a first-team all-American by the Associated Press.
Davis originally signed with Florida out of high school, but he decided to attend Kentucky instead. He said that he wanted to learn from one of the best defensive coordinators in the business, Todd Grantham, who had just been hired at Kentucky. Grantham was able to convince Davis to switch schools and join him at Kentucky.
Alabama Alabama matched for the most first-round choices in a single draft. The Crimson Tide had three players go in the first round, the most of any school. Quarterback AJ McCarron and receivers Calvin Johnson and Vincent Jackson were all selected in the first day of the 2013 draft.
Florida Florida's 2012 draft class included quarterback Jeff Driskel and defensive end/outside linebacker Dee Ford. Both players were drafted in the first two rounds. Driskel was taken No. 5 by the Minnesota Vikings while Ford was picked No. 16 by the Detroit Lions.
Georgia Georgia had two first-round selections in 2012 when running back Todd Gurley and cornerback Brent Grimes were chosen by the Rams and Dolphins respectively. Grimes' selection came a week after his brother, free agent signing Mark, was hired by Miami. The twins were born in January 1990 and are sons of former Cincinnati Bengals player Greg Grimes.
Michigan Michigan had one first-round choice in 2012 when defensive end Ziggy Ansah was selected No. 3 overall by the Detroit Lions. Ansah started 29 games over four seasons at Brigham Young University before being selected.
Alabama Alabama is tied for the most first-round choices in a single draft. Alabama equaled the record for the most players picked in the first round of an NFL draft on April 24. Miami set the record in 2004. Here's how the Crimson Tide fared on Thursday night: 6.5% -- which is the highest percentage of any team in history.
Florida State Florida State also had six players chosen, matching its all-time high. The Seminoles were selected by teams for the first time in 2009. They went back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. FSU had nine players chosen in 2000. That's the most in a single draft since 1987, when 10 players were taken in Round 1.
LSU In 2007, LSU had the most players picked in the first two rounds with seven picks. That's the most ever by a school in one draft year. In 2016, eight players from LSU were chosen in the first two rounds, which is a school record.
Ole Miss Ole Miss had five players picked in 2015, three in the first two rounds. That's a school record for most players selected in one draft. Texas A&M had the most players picked in the first two rounds with 12 in 2012. That's the most ever by a school in one draft.
South Carolina South Carolina had four players picked in 2011, three in the first two rounds.