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Five Former Alabama Players Named to NFL All-Rookie Team

The Crimson Tide was well-represented on the Pro Football Writers of America's All-Rookie team released Tuesday.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama tied an NFL Draft record with six first-round picks last year while ultimately seeing 10 players selected. This past season, those former Crimson Tide players lived up to their high billing as five former Alabama stars were named to ​​the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team Tuesday afternoon.

Former Alabama players selected to the team include New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, New England Patriots defensive lineman Christian Barmore and Denver Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II.

Waddle (No. 6 overall), Surtain (No. 9 overall), Jones (No. 15 overall) and Harris (No. 24 overall) were all selected in the first round of last year’s draft, while Barmore went six picks into the second round at No. 38 overall. Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeVonta Smith (No. 10 overall) and Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood (No. 17 overall) were the only former Alabama first-rounders left off the list.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker and former Penn State standout Michah Parson was chosen as the overall Rookie of the Year as well as the Defensive Rookie of the Year after posting 13 sacks and tying for the NFL lead with 20 tackles for loss. Cincinnati Bengals receiver and former LSU star Ja’Marr Chase earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors after finishing third in the league with 13 touchdowns and fourth in receiving yards with 1,455 — the most ever by a rookie in the Super Bowl era.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) reacts before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) attempts to hurdle Seattle Seahawks cornerback D.J. Reed (2) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 23-20 in overtime.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (17) celebrates after scoring a rushing touchdown agains the Carolina Panthers during NFL game at Hard Rock Stadium Sunday in Miami Gardens.
New England Patriots defensive end Christian Barmore (90) reacts to a defensive play against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at Highmark Stadium.
Patrick Surtain II Broncos MVP vs Chargers

2021 PFWA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Offense

QB – Mac Jones, New England Patriots

RB – Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers; Javonte Williams, Denver Broncos

WR – Ja’Marr Chase, Cincinnati Bengals; Jaylen Waddle, Miami Dolphins

TE – Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons

C – Creed Humphrey, Kansas City Chiefs

G – Trey Smith, Kansas City Chiefs; Alijah Vera-Tucker; New York Jets

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T – Rashawn Slater, Los Angeles Chargers; Penei Sewell, Detroit Lions

Defense

DL – Christian Barmore, New England Patriots; Odafe Oweh, Baltimore Ravens; Kwity Paye, Indianapolis Colts; Jaelan Phillips, Miami Dolphins

LB – Nick Bolton, Kansas City Chiefs; Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Cleveland Browns; Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

CB – Greg Newsome II, Cleveland Browns; Patrick Surtain II, Denver Broncos

S – Jevon Holland, Miami Dolphins; Tre’Von Moehrig, Las Vegas Raiders

Special Teams

PK – Evan McPherson, Cincinnati Bengals

P – Pressley Harvin III, Pittsburgh Steelers

KR – Kene Nwangwu, Minnesota Vikings

PR – Demetric Felton, Cleveland Browns

ST – Nick Niemann, Los Angeles Chargers