WHY BAMA LINEAGE MAKES DEVONTA SMITH A SURE-FIRE EAGLES STAR!

By Michael Bennett

The Eagles drafted Alabama alum DeVonta Smith with their first pick last Thursday.

Of the 20 schools that have sent at least seven players to the first round since 2008, Alabama ranks seventh in AV per first-round pick per year in the league. The Crimson Tide’s production ranks ahead of fellow blue blood programs like Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and USC but behind SEC West rival LSU, according to FiveThirtyEight.com.

Schools with at least seven total selections in the NFL draft’s first round since 2008, by Approximate Value (AV) per draftee per years in the league:

SCHOOL PICKS AVG. AV/YEAR BEST PLAYER AV/YEAR
Wisconsin 7 9.53 Ryan Ramczyk 13.75
Oklahoma 10 8.57 Kyler Murray 15.50
Texas A&M 9 7.62 Von Miller 13.33
LSU 17 7.56 Justin Jefferson 12.00
Notre Dame 9 7.55 Quenton Nelson 15.00
Oregon 7 7.23 Justin Herbert 13.00
Alabama 33 6.56 Minkah Fitzpatrick 12.33
Iowa 7 6.40 Tristan Wirfs 10.00
Georgia 13 6.40 Matthew Stafford 10.83
Clemson 13 6.21 Deshaun Watson 13.75
Louisville 9 6.10 Lamar Jackson 17.33
USC 15 5.93 Tyron Smith 10.30
Washington 8 5.91 Marcus Peters 12.00
Florida St. 11 5.86 Jalen Ramsey 12.60
Ohio St. 21 5.69 Chase Young 14.00
Tennessee 7 5.18 Jerod Mayo 7.38
North Carolina 8 5.03 Mitchell Trubisky 8.75
Michigan 8 5.03 Jake Long 7.56
Florida 16 4.69 Maurkice Pouncey 9.50
Missouri 8 4.62 Sheldon Richardson 8.75

Includes seasons that players may have been out with injury.

SOURCE: PRO-FOOTBALL-REFERENCE.COM

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