Alabama in ESPN’s Top Ten at Each Position in the NFL
The NFL and ESPN recently finished their annual top-10 lists at the 11 main positions.
The lists are compiled by surveying 50+ executives, coaches, players and scouts from around the league.
As with most lists that involve the words "Football" and "Best" Alabama had some representation.
The Crimson Tide was best represented at the cornerback position, owning three of the top ten guys nominated.
Patrick Surtain ranked 7th after just one year in the league with the Denver Broncos. Immediately following Surtain was Ravens veteran Marlon Humphrey, and then maybe to the shock of some, Dallas Cowboy's Trevon Diggs rounded at the list at number 10 after snagging 11 interceptions in 2021.
Also in the defensive backfield, former Tide star Minkah Fitzpatrick was ranked second of all NFL safeties behind only Justin Simmons of the Denver Broncos, Fitzpatrick was the number one safety on this list last offseason but likely fell a spot due to an injury riddled 2021 season.
Johnathan Allen was the last defensive player to make the list from Alabama. Allen recorded a career high nine sacks in 2021 along with 34 pressure and a 12.1% pass rush win rate which was good for 8th in the NFL.
Then on the offensive side of the ball Alabama had two running backs make the cut.
Derrick Henry earned the highest respective ranking of any Tide alumni being selected as the number one running back in the NFL only ever so slightly edging out Indianapolis Colts superstar Johnathan Taylor.
The last Bama player who made the cut was Najee Harris who was slotted in as the 8th best running back going into the 2022 season.
There were two Bama players who received honorable mentions were New York Jets linebacker CJ Moseley, and Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly
Players also receiving votes were Quinnen Williams, Eddie Jackson, Xavier McKinney, Josh Jacobs.
Assuming he stays healthy we should see Quinnen Williams join the top 10 defensive tackles in the near future. Christian Barmore with the Patriots also has top 10 potential after a very solid yet under the radar rookie season
Another obvious guy we should see on this list in the future is Calvin Ridley who was a star for Atlanta before his injury last year, however he now has to serve a full season suspension for gambling on NFL games during his recovery.
The Tide is very well represented at the receiver position in the NFL with a lot of young talent so guys like Jerry Juedy, DeVonta Smith, and Jaylen Waddle can all vault themselves into top 10 contention with elite 2022 seasons.
Jonah Williams and Jedrick Wills Jr, who play for the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns respectively, are both young offensive tackles who could play themselves into top 10 range in 2022 as well.