Alabama vs. Ohio State players in the NFL: Which school’s stacked pro roster wins head-to-head?

Ohio State and Alabama meet in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday.聽But what if they played on Sundays instead?聽

The Tide and Buckeyes聽combined to put more than 100 players on NFL rosters in Week 1 of the 2020 college football season.聽There isn’t just enough talent to put together two teams 鈥 they would be good teams.

The schools have nine former players on the NFL’s Pro Bowl rosters this season, and聽there are nine players more projected to be taken in聽the first round of聽Sporting News’聽latest mock draft.聽

What would that look like if those Alabama and Ohio State alums played head-to-head聽in the NFL? Sporting News takes a closer look.

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Ohio State offense vs. Alabama defense聽聽

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Ohio State quarterbacks

Dwayne Haskins, who was released by Washington this season, is the best available option now. Haskins figures to resurface, but Ohio State could always call up Justin Fields 鈥 the No. 2 pick in our latest mock 鈥 to be the starter after Monday’s game. Here’s a question for debate, too: If Alabama can use Jalen Hurts, then do the Buckeyes get to use Joe Burrow?聽

Ohio State聽skill positions聽

Ezekiel Elliott,聽who torched the Crimson Tide in the 2015 Sugar Bowl,聽would be the lead back, and rookie J.K. Dobbins and veteran Carlos Hyde would get touches.聽Michael Thomas is one of the best receivers in the NFL, and he would be flanked by playmakers in Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel.聽聽

Ohio State聽offensive line聽

Cory Linsley has emerged as one of the best centers in the NFL with Green Bay. Former Rimington Trophy winners Pat Elflein and Billy Price would add depth on the interior, and tackle Taylor Decker is a solid bookend. Andrew Norwell might have to slide over to tackle, and Jonah Jackson is a solid guard on the interior. Wyatt Davis and Josh Myers are on the way, too.聽聽聽

Alabama defensive line聽

Alabama continues to churn out solid interior defenders, and聽Quinnen聽Williams, who had seven sacks this season, would be the anchor in the middle. Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen are steady presences, and Raekwon Davis emerged as a solid聽contributor as a rookie.聽聽聽

Alabama linebackers聽

Dont’a聽Hightower opted out this season because of COVID-19 concerns, but the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker would be heart of this defense.聽C.J. Mosley also opted out this season.聽Rashaan Evans totaled 96 tackles this season, and聽Reggie Ragland聽and Mack Wilson are solid players. Dylan Moses figures to be the next solid middle linebacker聽to come from Alabama.聽聽

Alabama secondary聽

This would be the strength with Pro Bowl players Marlon Humphrey and Minkah Fitzpatrick leading the way. Landon Collins is on injured reserve, and Dre Kirkpatrick, Ronnie Harrison and聽Eddie Jackson all would see time. Patrick聽Surtain聽Jr. is next in line.聽聽

Alabama聽offense vs. Ohio State defense聽聽

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Alabama quarterbacks

It’s time to revisit the age-old question. Would Tua聽Tagovailoa聽or Jalen Hurts get most of the snaps? Both quarterbacks made plays as rookies, and A.J. McCarron would add depth in the room. Mac Jones also figures to be a first-round pick in 2021.聽聽

Alabama聽skill positions聽

Run the damn ball, right? With Pro Bowl running backs Derrick Henry, who just joined the 2,000-yard club, and Josh Jacobs, another 1,000-yard rusher, that’s going to happen. Kenyan Drake and Mark Ingram would see touches, too. Najee Harris is on the way. Julio聽Jones,聽Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley combined for 233聽receptions this season, and a five-wide set could feature聽Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III. That is, until聽DeVonta聽Smith and Jaylen Waddle join the team聽in 2021. Irv Smith Jr. and O.J. Howard are the tight ends.聽聽

Alabama聽offensive line聽

Ryan Kelly is the lone Pro Bowler on the group this season, and Bradley Bozeman can slide back over to center. Cam Robinson and Jedrick Wills had excellent seasons, and Jonah Williams and veteran Andre Smith, who opted out this season, add depth at the tackle position. James Carpenter is another solid interior play at guard. Alex Leatherwood is another first-round pick on the way.聽聽

Ohio State聽defensive line聽聽

Ridiculous. That is what this group is. Good luck on third down with a pass rush that includes Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, who was on injured reserve this season, and rookie Chase Young. Defensive tackle Cam Heyward also made the Pro Bowl. The second unit, which features聽Dre’Mont聽Jones,聽Jonathan Hankins,聽Tyquan Lewis, Davon Hamilton and Sam Hubbard, would do well, too.聽聽

Ohio State聽linebackers聽

Jerome Baker had 112 tackles this season, and he would anchor a group that also features Malik Harrison and Raekwon McMillan.聽John Simon can play defensive line or linebacker depending on the scheme.聽聽

Ohio State聽secondary聽

Marshon聽Lattimore is a Pro Bowl cornerback, and it’s a take-your-pick (literally) from there among a talented group that includes Denzel Ward and Jeff Okudah. Bradley Roby and聽Gareon聽Conley were on injured reserve this season. The Buckeyes have seven corners in the NFL, and Shaun Wade is the next first-round pick.聽Vonn Bell, Malcolm Jenkins and Jordan Fuller are standouts at safety, and Malik Hooker also is on injured reserve.聽聽

Special teams聽聽

Ohio State special teams聽聽

Mike Nugent聽is a veteran kicker, and Cameron Johnston聽averaged 46.7 yards per punt for the Eagles.聽Nate Ebner is a special teams’聽ace.聽聽

Alabama special teams聽聽

J.K. Scott continues to be a solid punter for the聽Packers, and聽Will Reichard was a second-team All-American kicker this season for the Crimson Tide.聽

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