Alabama is known for winning national titles and churning out NFL prospects year after year after year. South Alabama, however, is not.
But the Jaguars, established in 2009, should have their first draft pick in program history next weekend. That likely draft pick is tight end prospect Gerald Everett.
“It’s monumental to be the first to do anything in history, especially coming from a small program like South Alabama,” Everett, a projected second-round pick, said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “It’s a big statement. It’s kind of an illustration to those guys who are under me, underclassmen – even people that will be in South Alabama in the coming years – it just kind of gives them a visual of what you can do. It is possible to go to the Senior Bowl and the Combine and be a top draft pick.”
Everett, who was recruited by several SEC schools, played at UAB in 2014 before transferring to South Alabama in 2015. The 6-3, 239-pounder had 90 catches for 1,292 yards and 12 touchdowns in two seasons with the Jaguars.
He considered entering the draft in 2016 but elected to return to school and complete his degree.
“I know that football doesn’t last forever,” said Everett, who ran a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash and had a 37.5-inch vertical at the Combine. “So I’m definitely excited and I’m happy that I finished college before I (entered) the draft.”