NFL draft: Tide makes history; Lacy, Williams, Jones will have to wait
by Associated Press
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Dee Milliner went to the New York Jets in the first round tonight.
Dee Milliner went to the New York Jets in the first round tonight.
The two-time defending national champions became the first college team to produce three consecutive first-round picks Thursday night since the common draft started in 1967. The New York Jets selected cornerback Dee Milliner with at No. 9, then guard Chance Warmack promptly went to the Tennessee Titans and San Diego picked tackle D.J. Fluker.

The back-to-back-to-back picks from one team had only happened once before, according to STATS, Inc. Southern California's Stanley Havili, David Ausberry and Malcolm Smith were picked consecutively with seventh-round picks 240-242 in 2011.

The Crimson Tide finished with three first-round picks after having four first-rounders each of the previous two years.

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy and defensive tackle Jesse Williams -- two possible high draft choices -- didn't go in the first round Thursday night. They'll have to wait until tonight when the NFL conducts its second and third rounds.

So will center Barrett Jones, who is rated as a possibility to go in today's selections.

Bama's tally under coach Nick Saban rose to 13 first-round picks since 2010 and 14 since 2009 after the three-peat of sorts. The program didn't have a single player picked in the 2008 draft.

With Fluker's pick, ESPN announcer Chris Berman proclaimed "Welcome Everyone to the Alabama Network."

Former Tide quarterback Greg McElroy of the Jets posted on Twitter "3 in a row for Bama?!?! I could get used to saying that."

Milliner and Fluker skipped their senior seasons to enter the draft, as did Lacy.

The Tide still were sure to fall short of the three-year high-water mark for the opening round. The Miami Hurricanes had 15 players selected in the first-round from 2002-04.

Warmack was known in Tuscaloosa for sporting undersized jerseys leaving his belly bare, a practice which generated a nickname. His Twitter bio credits him as "Inventor of Warmackin."

"It's time to start Warmackin' in Titans Blue," he wrote on Twitter.

Tonight's first round:

1 — Kansas City: Eric Fisher, Central Michigan, OT

2 — Jacksonville: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M, OT

3 — Miami: Dion Jordan, Oregon, OLB

4 — Philadelphia: Lane Johnson, Oklahoma, OT

5 — Detroit: Ezekial Ansah, Brigham Young, DE

6 — Cleveland: Barkevious Mingo, LSU, DE

7 — Arizona: Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina, G

8 — St. Louis: Tavon Austin, West Virginia, WR

9 — N.Y. Jets: Dee Milliner, Alabama, CB

10 — Tennessee: Chance Warmack, Alabama, G

11 — San Diego: D.J. Fluker, Alabama, OL

12 — Oakland: D.J. Hayden, Houston, CB

13 — N.Y. Jets: Sheldon Richardson, Missouri, DL

14 — Carolina: Star Lotulelei, Utah, DT

15 — New Orleans: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas, S

16 — Buffalo: E.J. Manuel, Florida State, QB

17 — Pittsburgh: Jarvis Jones, Georgia, LB

18 — San Francisco: Eric Reid, LSU, S

19 — N.Y. Giants: Justin Pugh, Syracuse, OT

20 — Chicago: Kyle Long, Oregon, G

21 — Cincinnati: Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame, TE

22 — St. Louis: Desmond Trufant, Washington, CB

23 — Minnesota: Sharrif Floyd, Florida, DT

24 — Indianapolis: Bjoern Werner, Florida State, DE

25 — Minnesota: Xavier Rhodes, Florida State, CB

26 — Green Bay: Datone Jones, UCLA, DE

27 — Houston: DeAndre Hopkins, Houston, WR

28 — Denver: Sylvester Williams, North Carolina, DT

29 — Minnesota: Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee, WR

30 — St. Louis: Alex Ogletree, Georgia, LB

31 — Dallas: Travis Frederick, Wisconsin, C

32 — Baltimore: Matt Elam, Florida, S

No. 1 picks all-time

The first choice in the annual selection of college players by professional football with player, team, position and college:

2013 — Eric Fisher, Kansas City, OT, Central Michigan.

2012 — Andrew Luck, Indianapolis, QB, Stanford.

2011 — Cam Newton, Carolina, QB, Auburn.

2010 — Sam Bradford, St. Louis, QB, Oklahoma.

2009 — Matthew Stafford, Detroit, QB, Georgia.

2008 — Jake Long, Miami, OT, Michigan.

2007 — JaMarcus Russell, Oakland, QB, LSU.

2006 — Mario Williams, Houston, DE, North Carolina State.

2005 — Alex Smith, San Francisco, QB, Utah.

2004 — Eli Manning, San Diego, QB, Mississippi.

2003 — Carson Palmer, Cincinnati, QB, Southern California.

2002 — David Carr, Houston, QB, Fresno State.

2001 — Michael Vick, Atlanta, QB, Virginia Tech.

2000 — Courtney Brown, Cleveland, DE, Penn State.

1999 — Tim Couch, Cleveland, QB, Kentucky.

1998 — Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB, Tennessee.

1997 — Orlando Pace, St. Louis Rams, T, Ohio State.

1996 — Keyshawn Johnson, New York Jets, WR, Southern California.

1995 — Ki-Jana Carter, Cincinnati, RB, Penn State.

1994 — Dan Wilkinson, Cincinnati, DE, Ohio State.

1993 — Drew Bledsoe, New England, QB, Washington State.

1992 — Steve Emtman, Indianapolis, DE, Washington.

1991 — Russell Maryland, Dallas, DL, Miami.

1990 — Jeff George, Indianapolis, QB, Illinois.

1989 — Troy Aikman, Dallas, QB, UCLA.

1988 — Aundray Bruce, Atlanta, LB, Auburn.

1987 — Vinny Testaverde, Tampa Bay, QB, Miami.

1986 — Bo Jackson, Tampa Bay, RB, Auburn.

1985 — Bruce Smith, Buffalo, DT, Virginia Tech.

1984 — Irving Fryar, New England, WR, Nebraska.

1983 — John Elway, Baltimore, QB, Stanford.

1982 — Kenneth Sims, New England, DT, Texas.

1981 — George Rogers, New Orleans, RB, South Carolina.

1980 — Billy Sims, Detroit, RB, Oklahoma.

1979 — Tom Cousineau, Buffalo, LB, Ohio State.

1978 — Earl Campbell, Houston, RB, Texas.

1977 — Ricky Bell, Tampa Bay, RB, Southern California.

1976 — Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay, DE, Oklahoma.

1975 — Steve Bartkowski, Atlanta, QB, California.

1974 — Ed Jones, Dallas, DE, Tennessee State.

1973 — John Matuszak, Houston, DE, Tampa.

1972 — Walt Patulski, Buffalo, DE, Notre Dame.

1971 — Jim Plunkett, New England, QB, Stanford.

1970 — Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB, Louisiana Tech.

1969 — O.J. Simpson, Buffalo (AFL), RB, Southern California.

1968 — Ron Yary, Minnesota, T, Southern California.

1967 — Bubba Smith, Baltimore, DT, Michigan State.

1966 — Tommy Nobis, Atlanta, LB, Texas.

1966 — Jim Grabowski, Miami (AFL), RB, Illinois.

1965 — Tucker Frederickson, N.Y. Giants, RB, Auburn.

1965 — Lawrence Elkins, Houston (AFL), WR, Baylor.

1964 — Dave Parks, San Francisco, WR, Texas Tech.

1964 — Jack Concannon, Boston (AFL), QB, Boston College.

1963 — Terry Baker, Los Angeles, QB, Oregon State.

1963 — Buck Buchanan, Kansas City (AFL), DT, Grambling.

1962 — Ernie Davis, Washington, RB, Syracuse.

1962 — Roman Gabriel, Oakland (AFL), QB, North Carolina State.

1961 — Tommy Mason, Minnesota, RB, Tulane.

1961 — Ken Rice, Buffalo (AFL), G, Auburn.

1960 — Billy Cannon, Los Angeles, RB, LSU.

1959 — Randy Duncan, Green Bay, QB, Iowa.

1958 — King Hill, Chicago Cardinals, QB, Rice.

1957 — Paul Hornung, Green Bay, HB, Notre Dame.

1956 — Gary Glick, Pittsburgh, DB, Colorado A&M.

1955 — George Shaw, Baltimore, QB, Oregon.

1954 — Bobby Garrett, Cleveland, QB, Stanford.

1953 — Harry Babcock, San Francisco, WR, Georgia.

1952 — Bill Wade, Los Angeles, QB, Vanderbilt.

1951 — Kyle Rote, New York Giants, HB, SMU.

1950 — Leon Hart, Detroit, WR, Notre Dame.

1949 — Chuck Bednarik, Philadelphia, C, Pennsylvania.

1948 — Harry Gilmer, Washington, QB, Alabama.

1947 — Bob Fenimore, Chicago Bears, HB, Oklahoma A&M.

1946 — Frank Dancewicz, Boston, QB, Notre Dame.

1945 — Charley Trippi, Chicago Cardinals, HB, Georgia.

1944 — Angelo Bertelli, Boston, QB, Notre Dame.

1943 — Frank Sinkwich, Detroit, HB, Georgia.

1942 — Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh, HB, Virginia.

1941 — Tom Harmon, Chicago Bears, HB, Michigan.

1940 — George Cafego, Chicago Cardinals, HB, Tennessee.

1939 — Ki Aldrich, Chicago Cardinals, C, TCU.

1938 — Corbett Davis, Cleveland, FB, Indiana.

1937 — Sam Francis, Philadelphia, FB, Nebraska.

1936 — Jay Berwanger, Philadelphia, HB, Chicago.

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