April 30, 2011
NEW YORK - The 2011 NFL Draft concluded on Saturday afternoon from Radio City Music Hall with Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy being selected by the New York Jets with the fifth pick of the seventh round.
McElroy, a native of Southlake, Texas, was the fifth Crimson Tide player selected during the three-day draft. Marcell Dareus (Buffalo Bills), Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons), James Carpenter (Seattle Seahawks) and Mark Ingram (New Orleans Saints) were chosen on Thursday night in the first round.
McElroy started 27 games for the Crimson Tide while leading UA to 24 victories and the 2009 BCS National Championship. He set the SEC record with 65.8 pass attempts for every interception while breaking the school single-season record with 2,987 yards passing and 20 touchdowns in 2010.
McElroy is the third straight starting quarterback for the Crimson Tide to have an opportunity to play in the NFL. Brodie Croyle was a third-round pick in the 2006 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs while John Parker Wilson signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 2009.
Alabama has now had 16 players drafted over the past three years with seven student-athletes taken in the first round.