Alabama offensive tackle James Carpenter was picked by the Seattle Seahawks 25th overall in the first-round of the draft Thursday evening. The pick was stunning to most people because Carpenter was projected as a mid-second round pick by several analysts. Hearing Carpenter’s name get called was even shocking for Bama coach Nick Saban, who was sitting at running back Mark Ingram’s table. Check out their priceless reaction to the pick:
Nick Saban said to himself “James Carpenter went in the first round?” while Ingram said “Did they call James? I’m happy for him.” Either Saban was listening to too much Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock talk and was caught off guard, or he didn’t think his former player was a first-round talent. Something tells me it’s a combination of the two factors, and that can’t be a good sign for Seattle.
As for the Seahawks, GM John Schneider explained the pick saying “Quite frankly, our top-rated guy came to us and he stayed there the whole time.”
Carpenter himself admitted the pick shocked him. Was it a good pick or a reach? Only time will tell, but if this is who Seattle had at the top of their board, they made the right move.
Also see: Mark Ingram crying during his draft day interview