April 26, 2009
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Three former Alabama Crimson Tide football players were selected in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft on Sunday at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Glen Coffee was the first Alabama player off the board on day two with the 10th pick of the third round and the No. 74 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers. Center Antoine Caldwell followed with the No. 77 overall selection and the 13th of the round by the Houston Texans. Safety Rashad Johnson followed when the Arizona Cardinals selected the former walk-on with the 95th overall pick.
Coffee, a native of Pensacola, Fla., started 14 games in 2008 and tied Shaun Alexander for the second-most rushing yards in a single-season in school history as he gained 1,383 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He finished with 2,107 yards in his career with 14 touchdowns and was a first-team All-SEC selection last season.
A Montgomery, Ala. native, Caldwell was one of eight two-time captains in school history and finished out his decorated Alabama career by earning consensus first-team All-America honors in 2008 and being named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's top center. He was a four-year starter at center for the Tide and finished with 48 career starts.
Johnson, a native of Sulligent, Ala., began his UA career as a walk-on special teams player and developed into one of the top safeties in the country. A first-team All-American and a two-time first-team All-SEC selection, Johnson finished his UA career with 224 tackles, 11 interceptions and 19 pass breakups.
The trio joins offensive tackle Andre Smith as 2009 NFL Draft choices from the Capstone. Smith was selected with the sixth overall pick on Saturday afternoon by the Cincinnati Bengals.