The four first-round selections for the Crimson Tide moves Saban's career total to 38 first-round picks. Four Tide players were drafted in the first round of the 2011, 2012, 2017, 2018 and 2020 drafts.
With Tagovailoa's fifth overall selection in the first round, Saban becomes the first college head coach in the NFL's common draft era to produce a first-round pick at every non-specialist position. In addition, the pick of both Jeudy and Ruggs III in the first round mark the first wide receiver duo in program history to be drafted in round one.
"We are certainly very excited for Tua (Tagovailoa) and his family," said Nick Saban. "This means as much to me as any player ever for what he was able to accomplish here, not only as a player, but as a person. He was one of the most popular players we ever had with our fan base. He could not have done more as a player. I think the Dolphins are going to get a great leader and someone who is going to be the face of their franchise, that their fans are going to love in the future. I know he is going to have a great career."