Three were chosen in the second round while two came off the board in the third on Friday
TUSCALOSSA, Ala. – Five former University of Alabama football players were selected in the second and third rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft on Friday night.
Defensive back Xavier McKinney was the first Crimson Tide player off the board (No. 36, New York Giants), while defensive back Trevon Diggs (No. 51, Dallas Cowboys) and defensive lineman Raekwon Davis (No. 56, Miami Dolphins) went in the second round. Linebackers Terrell Lewis (No. 84, Los Angeles Rams) and Anfernee Jennings (No. 87, New England Patriots) were selected in the third round.
The five players join Thursday’s first round picks Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5, Miami Dolphins), Jedrick Wills Jr. (No.10 Cleveland Browns), Henry Ruggs III (No. 12, Las Vegas Raiders) and Jerry Jeudy (No. 15, Denver Broncos) to make up Alabama’s 2020 NFL Draft class through two days.
The 2020 Draft will wrap up with rounds 4-7 on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. CT and can be seen on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio.
Alabama Draft Recap
|Tua Tagovailoa||5||Miami Dolphins|
|Jedrick Wills Jr.||10||Cleveland Browns|
|Henry Ruggs III||12||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Jerry Jeudy||15||Denver Broncos|
|Xavier McKinney||36||New York Giants|
|Trevon Diggs||51||Dallas Cowboys|
|Raekwon Davis||56||New York Giants|
|Terrell Lewis||84||Los Angeles Rams|
|Anfernee Jennings||87||New England Patriots|
Xavier McKinney (No. 36 | New York Giants)
A versatile defensive back, McKinney spent each of the past two seasons in the starting safety spot for the Alabama defense. He totaled 41 games in three seasons at the Capstone, including 28 consecutive starts to close out his collegiate career. The Roswell, Ga., native finished with 176 career tackles and made an impact in almost every defensive category, totaling 13 tackles for loss (-85 yards) and six sacks (-61 yards) to go with five forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 15 pass breakups, five interceptions and seven quarterback hurries. He led the Alabama defense with 95 tackles in 2019, including 5.5 for loss (-40 yards) and three sacks (-21 yards). McKinney totaled a league-high and team-best four forced fumbles to tie for second in Alabama single-season records and added three interceptions (78 yards) to go with five pass breakups and five quarterback hurries. His productive junior season earned him second team All-America accolades from the AFCA, The Sporting News and Walter Camp. A permanent team captain on the 2019 team, McKinney was also selected as a third team All-American at safety by the Associated Press and Pro Football Focus while being named to the All-SEC First Team by the conference coaches and the Associated Press.
Trevon Diggs (No. 51 | Dallas Cowboys)
Diggs put together a standout senior campaign, earning first team All-America honors from Pro Football Focus and second-team recognition from the AFCA and The Sporting News. He was also tabbed to the Associated Press’ third team and was an All-SEC first team selection by the same outlet. That 2019 effort saw Diggs tie for the team lead in pass breakups with eight while only allowing a passer rating of 44.5 when he was targeted, according to PFF. He also posted 37 tackles, including half a stop for loss (-1 yard), to go with three interceptions for a combined 79 yards. Diggs added two fumble recoveries, including a 100-yard score against Tennessee. The Gaithersburg, Md., native leaves Tuscaloosa after starting 19 starts games and playing in 46 in a multitude of roles, including corner, wide receiver, kick returner and punt returner.
Raekwon Davis (No. 56 | Miami Dolphins)
A force along the Alabama defensive front, Davis passed up the NFL Draft a year ago to return for his senior season. In that final campaign, he was selected as a second team All-American by the AFCA and earned All-SEC Second Team honors from the league coaches. Davis totaled 47 tackles in 2019, adding three tackles for loss (-6 yards) and half a sack (-4 yards) to go with five quarterback hurries. He wrapped up his career with 175 total tackles, including 19.5 for loss (-92 yards) and 11.5 sacks (-72 yards), across 48 games of action and 32 starts.
Terrell Lewis (No. 84 | Los Angeles Rams)
One of the nation’s top pass rushers, Lewis was selected to the All-SEC Second Team by the league coaches following an impressive final season. He tied for fifth among SEC defenders with 11.5 tackles for loss (-53 yards) and finished ninth in the conference with six sacks (-40 yards) across 11 games (three starts) in 2019. He added a team-high 16 quarterback pressures to go with his 31 total tackles and also contributed two pass breakups and a fumble recovery as a redshirt junior. The Washington, D.C., native played in 26 games for his career, including four starts, and racked up 14.5 tackles for loss (-79 yards) and eight sacks (-62 yards) as part of his 58 career tackles.
Anfernee Jennings (No. 87 | New England Patriots)
A permanent team captain on the 2019 squad, Jennings earned All-SEC First Team accolades from both the league coaches and the Associated Press. His standout play as a senior also earned him a spot as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation’s top linebacker. Jennings produced eight sacks (-61 yards) in 2019 to pace the Crimson Tide and rank fourth in the SEC in that category, while adding 12.5 tackles for loss (-72 yards), a number that tied for third in the league ranks. He finished with 83 total stops and intercepted a pass while breaking up five others in 13 starts. The Alabama native saw time in 54 games for the Crimson Tide with 37 total starts. He accumulated 194 tackles, including 34.5 for loss (-146) and 15.5 sacks (-98 yards), and added 21 quarterback pressures to go with 18 pass breakups from his outside linebacker post.
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