The NFL draft saw 12 Bama players drafted. A new school and SEC record. Want to know how to get on top and stay there? Recruiting the best athletes is certainly a huge part of that. And developing that talent. In the last 10 years, Alabama has had 77 players drafted by the NFL. That is more than any other program during that time. Recruits want to go where they will have the best chance to make it to the next level. And it is not just playing ball that they learn. Nick Saban pushes academics hard. That is probably why 22 past and present players will graduate this spring. This includes 5 who are playing in the NFL.