Gil Brandt, football Hall of Famer and longtime executive who now works as an analyst for NFL.com, broke down which schools had the most active players at each position group. As you might imagine, the Tide fared very well.
Colleges with most players on opening day active NFL rosters, by position:— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) September 12, 2019
QB: @PackFootball 4
RB: @AlabamaFTBL 6
WR: @ClemsonFB 8
TE: @StanfordFball 5
OT: @GatorsFB/ @OU_Football 5
DB: @AlabamaFTBL 13
LB: @AlabamaFTBL 10
DT: @AlabamaFTBL 6
DE: @CanesFootball 7
As you can see, Alabama dominates at all three levels of the defense. Two of Alabama’s four 2019 Pro Bowlers, Eddie Jackson and Landon Collins, were defensive backs, joining LB C.J. Mosley and WR Julio Jones. At this point it is a farce to call any other school “DBU,” particularly with three surefire picks next April in Trevon Diggs, Xavier McKinney, and Shyheim Carter plus likely draftee Jared Mayden. Of course, Patrick Surtain II is only a year away as well.
It will also be interesting to see where Alabama ranks on the WR list after this upcoming draft, with three players likely to be selected rather early. Alabama’s two Heisman winners, Derrick Henry and Mark Ingram, both had very productive games in week one, Henry gaining more than 150 total yards and Ingram averaging 7.6 a carry for 107. Both men managed to find the end zone twice.
Christopher Walsh notes that Alabama also has the most total active players with 56. The Crimson takeover of the NFL soldiers on, folks.