After a game as wholly impressive as Alabama played against Mississippi State, it’s extremely difficult to swallow dropping any single player down the list. This time around, no players dropped for not playing well— only because another played even better. There isn’t much controversy this week, so I’ll keep the commentary short
The Crimson Power Rankings
- DE-Jonathan Allen (1)
- WLB-Reuben Foster (2)
- JACK-Tim Williams (3)
- P-J.K. Scott (4)
- SLB-Ryan Anderson (5)
- FS/CB/STAR-Minkah Fitzpatrick (6)
- WR-Calvin Ridley (7)
- WR-ArDarius Stewart (10)
- LT-Cam Robinson (13)
- CB-Anthony Averett (11)
- DT-Da’Ron Payne (8)
- CB-Marlon Humphrey (9)
- QB-Jalen Hurts (15)
- MLB-Shaun Hamilton (14)
- LG-Ross Pierschbacher (NR)
- TE-O.J. Howard (NR)
The biggest anomaly this week is that I did not change a single player in the top 7. Jonathan Allen, Reuben Foster, and Tim Williams still totally own the top three spots as they have all season, while J.K. Scott and Ryan Anderson are right on their heels.
After that group, ArDarius Stewart continues to rise... and would have even further for his statistically impressive game were it not for having multiple drops.
Cam Robinson looks better and better every week, and just may work his way back into a top-10 NFL draft pick if he continues.
Anthony Averett is slowly becoming one of my favorite players on this squad. His ability to turn his hips and stay with a route still isn’t perfect, but he’s one of the only Alabama cornerbacks since Dre Kirkpatrick who can actually turn and find the ball in the on a deep ball. Plus his tackling is SO impressive for someone his size.
After weeks of being left off the list, O.J. Howard finally forced my hand to put him in the top 16... A tough decision between him, Jonah Williams, and Dalvin Tomlinson. If you told me that I was wrong for putting in O.J. over either of those guys, I’d accept it.
Next in line
Ronnie Harrison, Bradley Bozeman, Josh Jacobs, and Damien Harris are all part of the next group of players who are a breakout game away from supplanting some of those above them. Jacobs in particular was as slippery as a used car salesman while breaking ankles in the open field, and I look forward to watching him in years to come at Alabama.
As always, let me know in the comments below how wrong I am.