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Alabama has been a powerhouse in college football for a long time, but especially during the Nick Saban era, which started in 2007. They're in such an elite class that they're pretty much winning or at least playing in the National Championship Game every year. They produce a slew of prospects every year in the NFL draft and they even had two pro days this year. Only a football factory like Alabama does that.
Despite Alabama dominating the college football landscape for over the last decade and having a really good program before Saban arrived, the Steelers surprisingly haven't drafted a player out of Alabama in the first round since 1951 when they selected fullback Butch Avinger.
The seven-decade streak of the Steelers not drafting a player out of Alabama in the first round could break this year with Pittsburgh in desperate need of a top-tier running back. The Steelers have reportedly expressed interest in Najee Harris and the Rolling Tide running back has been linked to Pittsburgh at 24th overall in a lot of mock drafts.
The Steelers do have a first-round Alabama product on their team in Minkah Fitzpatrick, but he of course was drafted by the Dolphins at 11th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft and the Steelers traded a first-round pick for him in September of 2019.