All-time Alabama draft top four snubs

July, 12, 2013
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- "You can't win them all," they say. Well, it turns out that applies to fantasy drafts as well, because for as well as our three general managers did in selecting their all-time Alabama football teams, some deserving players were left out.

When you're talking about a school with more than 100 first-team All-Americans in its history, missing out on talent was a given. No one, after all, is perfect.

So with that in mind, here is a look at five of the biggest misses on our respective draft boards:

Kenneth Darby: He's never mentioned alongside the great Alabama running backs in history, but he should be. Kenneth Darby may not have made the impact of Shaun Alexander or Mark Ingram, but his name is scattered across the Alabama record books. He ran for more than 1,000 yards in a season twice and is currently third all-time in rushing yards for a career with 3,420.

[+] EnlargeDre Kirkpatrick
Kelly Lambert/US PresswireCornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, a first-team All-American, somehow didn't get picked in the TideNation all-time draft.
Dixie Howell: Had he played professional football rather than professional baseball, Howell might stand out more in the pantheon of former Alabama greats. Nonetheless, Howell's accomplishments at the Capstone are numerous. He was an All-American in 1934 and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame class of 1970.

Dre Kirkpatrick: It might take some time for Kirkpatrick to be remembered among the all-time greats at Alabama, if he isn't already. Though he left school early, what he did in his short time under head coach Nick Saban bears repeating. The shutdown corner was a first-team All-American, Thorpe Award finalist and two-time national champion.

Bart Starr: Starr is one of just seven former Alabama players to make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And though his career as a Green Bay Packers quarterback dwarfed what he did with the Crimson Tide, his time at Alabama was not spent in vain. He played four seasons with the varsity squad before being selected by the Packers in the 17th round of the 1956 NFL draft.

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Alabama/SEC reporter

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