April 23, 2010
NEW YORK - The University of Alabama had three more players selected on Friday night during the second and third rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall.
Cornerback Javier Arenas, nose guard Terrence Cody and offensive lineman Mike Johnson all came off the board between pick No. 50 and pick No. 98. Rolando McClain (No. 8) and Kareem Jackson (No. 29) were taken in the first round on Friday.
Arenas, a native of Tampa, Fla., was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 18th pick of the second round (No. 50 overall). He started 28 games during his Crimson Tide career and left Alabama as the SEC's career leader in punt return yards and touchdowns. He made 71 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and five sacks from his cornerback position as a senior in 2009, helping the Tide to the school's 13th national championship. Arenas also picked off five passes in 2009 and logged 154 career tackles.
Cody, who hails from Fort Myers, Fla., was taken seven picks later by the Baltimore Ravens with the 25th pick of the second round and the No. 57 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. Cody clogged the middle of the Alabama defense during his two seasons in Tuscaloosa, helping limit opposing rushing attacks to just 76. 1 yards per game. Cody started 26 career games at the Capstone and made 52 stops with 10.5 tackles for loss.
Johnson was selected with the final pick of the third round by the Atlanta Falcons. The native of Pensacola, Fla., was the No. 34 selection in round three and 98th overall pick. Johnson started the final 41 games of his UA career and helped clear a path of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in 2009 and All-SEC selection Glen Coffee in 2008. The Crimson Tide rushing attacked averaged 215.1 yards per game in 2009 and 184.6 in 2008.
Alabama has already had five players selected through the first three rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft, which equals the most picks in a single season since six UA players were taken in the 1993 and 1994 drafts. The Tide also had five players taken in the 2006, 2003, 1996 and 1995 drafts. The most Alabama players selected in one draft was eight in 1987, when the draft consisted of 12 rounds.
Saturday marks the final day of the 2010 NFL Draft with rounds 4-7 taking place at Radio City Music Hall.