The Eagles finally broke a decades long standoff with Alabama
Going into last week’s NFL Draft, there was a large amount of concern from Eagles fans regarding big school selections, most notably Alabama. Those worries were shot down almost immediately when the Eagles selected Heisman winner DeVonta Smith with the 10th overall pick. When the Eagles drafted Smith, it ended a 19-year span where Philadelphia did not draft a single player from Alabama.
The last Alabama draft pick by Philadelphia was WR Freddie Milons during the 5th round of the 2002 draft. To drive that home even more, if Smith plays just one snap for the Eagles, it will be the first time a ‘Bama player drafted by the Eagles has played since 1993.
If drafting Smith wasn’t enough, the Eagles went right back to Tuscaloosa with their second-round pick, drafting center Landon Dickerson. These selections shattered another longstanding streak in Eagles history. Before the 2021 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles had never selected a single Alabama player during the first four rounds of the NFL Draft, let alone two.
The Eagles had a wide selection of large and small school selections during the 2021 Draft. Throughout the remainder of the draft Philly selected players from prominent schools like USC and LSU but also grabbed players from small schools like Tulane and Coastal Carolina.
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