Troy's Condren leads state's second-day picks
MONTGOMERY (AP) — Three defensive players from Alabama's smaller schools were among a group of players from the state selected in the NFL draft on Sunday, while two Crimson Tide running backs were also chosen.
Troy safety Brannon Condren was the first state player chosen on the second day, going to Super Bowl champion Indianapolis in the fourth round.
The Colts made Condren the 131st overall selection, and then also took Alabama State defensive back Michael Coe late in the fifth round.
"Some people expect me to be disappointed because I wasn't picked as high as some experts said I would," said Coe, son of former ASU coach and current NFL assistant Charles Coe. "But I get to play with the best team in football, the classiest head coach (Tony Dungy), and two Hall of Fame players" in Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison.
Six picks later, Alabama fullback Le'Ron McClain went to Baltimore as the first Tide player taken. Tailback Kenneth Darby went late in the seventh round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he'll join former Auburn star Carnell Williams.
Darby had hoped to go as high as the third round.
The draft's last pick — No. 255 — was Tide cornerback Ramzee Robinson by Detroit.
In the fifth round, another smaller college player beat out his bigger-name counterparts hoping to be taken. Alabama A&M inside linebacker Johnny Baldwin was the 158th overall pick by Detroit.
Three Auburn players also went on the second day, two to Seattle. Linebacker Will Herring was taken by Seattle in the fifth round. Cornerback David Irons went to Atlanta and receiver teammate Courtney Taylor was chosen by Seattle, both in the sixth round.
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