The 2017 Alabama recruiting class was loaded with first-round draft picks

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When discussing the greatest recruiting classes in college football history, it’s impossible to leave the 2017 Alabama Crimson Tide out of the discussion.

The 2017 class consisted of 17 future NFL draft picks, eight of whom have been selected in the first round. It also consisted of a Heisman Trophy winner and a couple of finalists as well. The Tide had two quarterbacks selected on the first day of the NFL draft just a year apart from one another.

Though their professional careers are still young, let’s see where they landed and the legacies they left at Alabama.

Tua Tagovailoa (QB)

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  • Selected 5th overall in 2020 by the Miami Dolphins 

  • SEC Offensive Player of the Year (2018), Maxwell Award (2018), Heisman Runner-Up (2018)

  • 69.3% completion, 7,442 yards 87 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions

 

Mac Jones (QB)

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  • Selected 15th overall in 2021 by the New England Patriots

  • Davey O’Brien Award (2020), Manning Award (2020), Consensus All-American (2020), Heisman finalist (2020)

  • 74.3% completion, 6,126 yards 56 touchdowns and only seven interceptions

Najee Harris (RB)

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  • Selected 24th overall in 2021 by the Pittsburgh Steelers 

  • Doak Walker Award (2020), Unanimous All-American (2020)

  • 638 carries, 3,843 yards and 46 touchdowns as well as 80 catches for 781 yards and 11 touchdowns

DeVonta Smith (WR)

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  • Selected 10th overall in 2021 by the Philadelphia Eagles 

  • Heisman Trophy (2020), Maxwell Award (2020), Biletnikoff Award (2020), AP College Football Player of the Year (2020)

  • 235 catches, 3,965 yards and 46 touchdowns

Henry Ruggs (WR)

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  • Selected 12th overall by the Las Vegas Raiders

  • 98 catches, 1,716 yards and 24 touchdowns (Touchdown on one out of every four catches)

Jerry Jeudy (WR)

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  • Selected 15th overall in 2020 by the Denver Broncos 

  • Biletnikoff Winner (2018) Consensus All-American (2018), 2x First-team All-SEC

  • 159 catches, 2,742 yards and 26 touchdowns

Jedrick Wills Jr. (OT)

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Alex Leatherwood (OT)

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  • Selected 17th overall in 2021 by the Las Vegas Raiders

  • Outland Trophy (2020), Jacobs Blocking Trophy (2020), Unanimous All-American (2020)

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