April 28, 2016
CHICAGO – University of Alabama center Ryan Kelly was selected with the No. 18 overall pick in the first round of the 2016 National Football League Draft Thursday evening at the Auditorium Theater by the Indianapolis Colts.
The first-round selection gives Alabama 18 first round picks in the last eight drafts. Andre Smith was selected in 2009. Rolando McClain and Kareem Jackson were selected in 2010. In 2011, Marcell Dareus, Julio Jones, James Carpenter and Mark Ingram all went in round one while Trent Richardson, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont’a Hightower were taken in 2012. Dee Milliner, Chance Warmack and D.J. Fluker were taken in 2013 while C.J. Mosley and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix went in 2014. Amari Cooper was selected in 2015. UA has now had 18 first-round picks during head coach Nick Saban’s tenure at Alabama.
A three-year starter at center and the Crimson Tide’s signal-calling anchor, Kelly was the 2015 Rimington Trophy Award winner, given annually to the nation’s top center. A consensus first team All-America selection, Kelly also received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC’s top lineman. The West Chester, Ohio, native led a line that opened holes for 199.9 rushing yards per game and did not surrender a sack on the season.
The second and third round of the NFL Draft continues on Friday evening from the Auditorium Theater in Chicago with rounds 4-7 wrapping up the draft on Saturday
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