One of the surprises of the NFL Draft’s first round Thursday night was the Seahawks selecting Alabama offensive lineman James Carpenter with its 25th overall selection.
When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced the pick, the NFL Network splashed the candid - and disbelieving - reax of Alabama coach Nick Saban to Seattle’s choice. As Goodell revealed the pick, a clearly flummoxed Saban mouthed James Carpenter’s name and later shook his head slightly. (Not that the coach was complaining.)
“Whether somebody else saw it that way, we don’t care.”
Carroll wasn’t asked about Saban’s reaction and his unsolicited remark most likely was unrelated to the Alabama coach.
But it is worth noting that Carroll would say that without any obvious prompting from reporters.
In subsequent comments to the media, Saban was highly complimentary of Carpenter and the Seahawks, though also noting of the selection to Colin Cowherd of ESPN radio:
“I know it caught the media by surprise.”
Wait, so the almost completely player agent-driven, abject guesswork that is ESPN-manufactured NFL Draft ‘analysis’ completely whiffed on a draft selection?