Ohio State And Alabama will meet in the college football championship game on Monday. But what if they played on Sundays?
The Tide And Buckeyes combined to put more than 100 players on the NFL rosters in Week 1 of the 2020 college football season. Not enough talent to make two teams, they Would be good teams.
Schools have nine former players on the NFL Pro Bowl rosters this season, And there are nine more players projected to be selected in the first round of Sporting News’ latest mock draft.
What Would that be like if those Alabama And Ohio State alumni played head-to-head in the NFL? Sporting News takes a closer look.
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Ohio State Offense vs. Alabama Defense
Ohio state quarterbacks
Dwayne Hawkins, which was released by Washington this season, is the best option available now. Haskins hopes to make a comeback, but Ohio State could always call Justin Fields, the second pick in our last drill, to be the starter after Monday’s game. Here’s a question to debate, too: If Alabama can use Jalen Hurts, can the Buckeyes use Joe Burrow?
Ohio State Skills Positions
Ezekiel Elliott, who burned the Crimson Tide at the 2015 Sugar Bowl, Would be the leading running back And rookie OK Dobbins And veteran Carlos Hyde Would get touches. Michael Thomas is one of the best receivers in the NFL, And Would be flanked by play makers in Terry McLaurin And Curtis Samuel.
Ohio State Offensive Line
Cory Linsley has emerged as one of the best centers in the NFL with Green Bay. Former Rimington Trophy winners Pat Ellen And Billy Price Would add depth to the interior And address Taylor Decker It is a solid bookend. Andrew Norwell I might have to slide to cope, And Jonah Jackson it is a solid guard on the inside. Wyatt Davis And Josh Myers are also on the way.
Alabama defensive line
Alabama continues to produce solid inside defenders, And Quinn en Williams, who had seven sacks this season, Would be the anchor in the middle. Daron Payne And Jonathan Allen they are constant presences, And Raekwon Davis emerged as a solid contributor as a rookie.
Not a tall tower opted out this season due to COVID-19 concerns, but the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Would be the heart of this defense. CJ Mosley he also chose not to participate this season. Trashcan Evans totaled 96 tackles this season, And Reggie raglan And Mack Wilson they are solid players. Dylan Moses believes he will be the next solid middle linebacker to come out of Alabama.
Alabama High School
This Would be the strength of the Pro Bowl players Marlon Humphrey And Mickey Fitzpatrick leading the way. LAndon Collins is on injured reserve, And Dre Kirkpatrick, Ronnie Harrison And Eddie Jackson everyone Would see time. Patrick Sustain Jr. is next in line.
Alabama offensive vs. Ohio State defense
It is time to reexamine the old question. Would do Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen hurts get the most snapshots? Both quarterbacks made rookie plays, And AJ McCarron Would add depth to the room. Mac Jones also anticipates being a first-round pick in 2021.
Skills Positions in Alabama
Run the damn ball, right? With Pro Bowl runners Derrick Henry, who just joined the 2,000-yard club, And Josh Jacobs, another 1,000-yard runner, that’s going to happen. Kenyan Drake And Mark Ingram I Would also see touches. Name Harris is on her way. Julio Jones, Amari Cooper And Calvin Friday combined for 233 receptions this season, And a set of wide fives could include Jerry Judy And Henry Riggs III. That is, until DeVonta Smith And Fallen Waddle join the team in 2021. Irv Smith Jr.. And OJ Howard they are tight ends.
Alabama offensive line
Ryan Kelly is the only Pro Bowler of the group this season, And Bradley Bozeman can slide to the center. Cam Robinson And Jed rick wills had excellent seasons, And Jonah Williams And veteran Andre smith, who opted out this season, adds depth at tackle. James carpenter It’s another solid inside game on guard. Alex Leatherwood is another first-round pick on the way.
Ohio State Defense Line
Ridiculous. That’s what this group is. Good luck third down with a quick pass that includes Joey boss, Nick boss, who was on injured reserve this season, And rookie Chase young. Defensive tackle Cam Heyward he also made the Pro Bowl. The second unit, which has Dre’Mont Jones, Jonathan Hankins, Yuan Lewis, Of which Hamilton And Sam Hubbard, it Would also do well.
Ohio State Supporters
Jerome baker had 112 tackles this season, And Would anchor a group that also features Malik Harrison And Raekwon McMillan. Juan Simon He can play defensive line or linebacker depending on the scheme.
Ohio State High School
Mars hon Lattimore He’s a Pro Bowl cornerback, And he’s a (literally) choice from there among a talented group that includes Denzel Ward And Jeff Judah. Bradley Roby And Aaron Conley they were on injured reserve this season. The Buckeyes have seven corners in the NFL, And Shaun Wade is the next first-round pick. Vonn Bell, Malcolm Jenkins And Jordan fuller excel in safety, And Malik Whore He’s also on injured reserve.
Ohio State Special Teams
Mike nu gent He’s a veteran kicker, And Cameron Johnston he averaged 46.7 yards per punt for the Eagles. Nate Abner He’s a special teams ace.
Alabama Special Teams
OK Scott he continues to be a solid kicker for the Packers, And Will Reichard was a second-team All-American kicker this season for Crimson Tide.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.