I can’t say that I find college football to be that interesting anymore, and I was reminded of that this morning when I picked that photo of Alabama center Landon Dickerson and remembered that the Crimson Tide won the national championship this year. Facts like that now go in one ear and out the other, because there’s nothing interesting anymore about Alabama winning a national championship.
Like UConn women’s basketball winning 10 titles in the 2000s, including five undefeated seasons, Alabama has obliterated the mirage of “competitive balance” in NCAA football. Head coach Nick Saban has now won six titles since 2009 and Alabama has held the number one ranking in the country in each of the last 13 years.
That’s okay, that’s just what they do in college football. I’m not saying I have an answer for it. I am just explaining what I find to be boring about it, especially when coupled with Clemson’s ascent as a school that has held the number one ranking at some point in each of the last six seasons.
The Crimson Tide’s rise back to power has given the NFL 30 first round picks over the last 10 years, including four in the years 2017, 2018, and 2020. That’s a total of 15 first round picks over the last four years and 2021 could end up with at least five Alabama players going on day one.
Heisman-winning DaVonta Smith and fellow receiver Jaylen Waddle could both go in the top-5, depending on how the quarterbacks play out, while CB Patrick Surtain, Jr., RB Najee Harris, QB Mac Jones, DT Christian Barmore, and Dickerson could join them in the first round. It should be no less than a busy first and second rounds for Alabama alumni. Day two is also where the Rams could get involved with discussing Crimson Tide players, as offensive linemen Deonte Brown and Alex Leatherwood will also be drafted and CBS Sports even ranks both ahead of Dickerson.
That’s because we’ve gotten to the point where essentially every starting offensive lineman that Nick Saban recruits has an above-average chance of making it to the NFL: Alabama again ranks as the top recruiting class of 2021, with five-star tackles J.C. Latham and Tommy Brockermeyer choosing to play in Tuscaloosa for the next three years.
I don’t know how this setup creates an interesting sporting spectacle for non-Alabama college football fans, but it makes for a lot of material when talking about the NFL Draft.
Which is what we can do in today’s LA Rams REVERSE Q&A, where I get to ask the community for YOUR opinions on the 2021 NFL Draft. I’ll post the prompts in the comments section below and we want to hear answers from the many draft experts who I know are here in the TST community. You can find a TON of great draft-related fanposts on the right side of the home page.
Here is a “Free Agency” edition of Reverse Q&A from last month as an example.
Whether it’s the Clemson Tide or the Crimson Tigers, let’s jump into this week’s Reverse Q&A, starting with, who the Rams should target on day two ...