Forty years ago this contest would’ve been a tremendous match-up with national title implications. During the early part of the last decade Oklahoma was the dominant force. The past five years its been Alabama, which is where we are today. We’ve listed the top four prospects in this game and all are playing for the Crimson Tide. Has we gone ten deep, nine would be wearing Alabama jerseys.
C.J. Mosley/LB/Alabama: When comparing him to the top linebackers in the 2014 draft (Anthony Barr, Khalil Mack), CJ Mosley is not as forceful a pass rusher but the argument could be made he’s more of a three down defender. Mosley is a terrific run defender (team leading 102 tackles) and also shows skill in coverage. Covering a lot of area on the field, he easily makes plays in pursuit or behind the line of scrimmage. Expect Mosley, a scheme diverse defender, to be selected somewhere in the middle of round one. 1st Round
Cyrus Kouandjio/T/Alabama: Off the 2012 film Kouandjio was a dominant pass protector with the ability to drive defenders off the line run blocking. Yet from the word go this season Kouandjio struggled in just about every aspect of his game. He looked off balance and out of sorts, especially when facing off against small, quick opponents. You really don’t want to throw away two years of terrific game film after one poor campaign. And while Kouandjio’s draft stock has definitely taken a hit there’s no doubt in my mind he’s first round material and a starter in the NFL. 1st Round
Ed Stinson/DL/Alabama: Like Kouandjio, Stinson comes of a slightly disappointing campaign where more was expected of him. The athletic defensive lineman has the ability to line up at defensive tackle or as a two gap end and comes with a large amount of upside. The inability to meet that potential as a senior knocked out any chance Stinson had of being a first round pick yet there are part of his game scouts understandably love. 2nd Round
Hasean Clinton-Dix/S/Alabama: An in-season suspension disrupted the campaign for Clinton-Dix yet the junior presently ranks as the top safety prospect in the nation. He’s a complete player at the position possessing the athleticism to go sideline-to-sideline in centerfield as well as the physicality to defend the run. Clinton-Dix also displays enough ball skills to occasionally line up over the slot receiver. Should he enter the draft he’ll likely be undervalued but don’t be surprised if Clinton-Dix quickly breaks into a starting line-up as a rookie in the NFL.