Ohio State and Alabama meet within the Faculty Soccer Playoff championship recreation Monday. However what in the event that they performed on Sundays as an alternative?
The Tide and Buckeyes mixed to place greater than 100 gamers on NFL rosters in Week 1 of the 2020 faculty soccer season. There is not simply sufficient expertise to place collectively two groups — they’d be good groups.
The colleges have 9 former gamers on the NFL’s Professional Bowl rosters this season, and there are 9 gamers extra projected to be taken in the primary spherical of Sporting Information’ newest mock draft.
What would that appear like if these Alabama and Ohio State alums performed head-to-head within the NFL? Sporting Information takes a more in-depth look.
Ohio State offense vs. Alabama protection
Ohio State quarterbacks
Dwayne Haskins, who was launched by Washington this season, is the most effective obtainable choice now. Haskins figures to resurface, however Ohio State may all the time name up Justin Fields – the No. 2 decide in our newest mock – to be the starter after Monday’s recreation. This is a query for debate, too: If Alabama can use Jalen Hurts, then do the Buckeyes get to make use of Joe Burrow?
Ohio State talent positions
Ezekiel Elliott, who torched the Crimson Tide within the 2015 Sugar Bowl, could be the lead again, and rookie J.Okay. Dobbins and veteran Carlos Hyde would get touches. Michael Thomas is without doubt one of the greatest receivers within the NFL, and he could be flanked by playmakers in Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel.
Ohio State offensive line
Cory Linsley has emerged as top-of-the-line facilities within the NFL with Inexperienced Bay. Former Rimington Trophy winners Pat Elflein and Billy Value would add depth on the inside, and sort out Taylor Decker is a strong bookend. Andrew Norwell might need to slip over to sort out, and Jonah Jackson is a strong guard on the inside. Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers are on the way in which, too.
Alabama line of defense
Alabama continues to churn out strong inside defenders, and Quinnen Williams, who had seven sacks this season, could be the anchor within the center. Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen are regular presences, and Raekwon Davis emerged as a strong contributor as a rookie.
Dont’a Hightower opted out this season due to COVID-19 issues, however the two-time Professional Bowl linebacker could be coronary heart of this protection. C.J. Mosley additionally opted out this season. Rashaan Evans totaled 96 tackles this season, and Reggie Ragland and Mack Wilson are strong gamers. Dylan Moses figures to be the subsequent strong center linebacker to come back from Alabama.
This is able to be the energy with Professional Bowl gamers Marlon Humphrey and Minkah Fitzpatrick main the way in which. Landon Collins is on injured reserve, and Dre Kirkpatrick, Ronnie Harrison and Eddie Jackson all would see time. Patrick Surtain Jr. is subsequent in line.
Alabama offense vs. Ohio State protection
It is time to revisit the age-old query. Would Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen Hurts get many of the snaps? Each quarterbacks made performs as rookies, and A.J. McCarron would add depth within the room. Mac Jones additionally figures to be a first-round decide in 2021.
Alabama talent positions
Run the rattling ball, proper? With Professional Bowl working backs Derrick Henry, who simply joined the two,000-yard membership, and Josh Jacobs, one other 1,000-yard rusher, that is going to occur. Kenyan Drake and Mark Ingram would see touches, too. Najee Harris is on the way in which. Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley mixed for 233 receptions this season, and a five-wide set may characteristic Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III. That’s, till DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle be a part of the group in 2021. Irv Smith Jr. and O.J. Howard are the tight ends.
Alabama offensive line
Ryan Kelly is the lone Professional Bowler on the group this season, and Bradley Bozeman can slide again over to middle. Cam Robinson and Jedrick Wills had wonderful seasons, and Jonah Williams and veteran Andre Smith, who opted out this season, add depth on the sort out place. James Carpenter is one other strong inside play at guard. Alex Leatherwood is one other first-round decide on the way in which.
Ohio State line of defense
Ridiculous. That’s what this group is. Good luck on third down with a move rush that features Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, who was on injured reserve this season, and rookie Chase Younger. Defensive sort out Cam Heyward additionally made the Professional Bowl. The second unit, which options Dre’Mont Jones, Jonathan Hankins, Tyquan Lewis, Davon Hamilton and Sam Hubbard, would do properly, too.
Ohio State linebackers
Jerome Baker had 112 tackles this season, and he would anchor a gaggle that additionally options Malik Harrison and Raekwon McMillan. John Simon can play line of defense or linebacker relying on the scheme.
Ohio State secondary
Marshon Lattimore is a Professional Bowl cornerback, and it is a take-your-pick (actually) from there amongst a gifted group that features Denzel Ward and Jeff Okudah. Bradley Roby and Gareon Conley had been on injured reserve this season. The Buckeyes have seven corners within the NFL, and Shaun Wade is the subsequent first-round decide. Vonn Bell, Malcolm Jenkins and Jordan Fuller are standouts at security, and Malik Hooker is also on injured reserve.
Ohio State particular groups
Mike Nugent is a veteran kicker, and Cameron Johnston averaged 46.7 yards per punt for the Eagles. Nate Ebner is a particular groups’ ace.
Alabama particular groups
J.Okay. Scott continues to be a strong punter for the Packers, and Will Reichard was a second-team All-American kicker this season for the Crimson Tide.