Alabama vs. Georgia players in the NFL: Which school's loaded roster wins?

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Alabama and Georgia conscionable successful the College Football Playoff title connected Monday successful an all-SEC last that features 2 five-star studded rosters.

How would that construe successful an NFL matchup? After all, Alabama and Georgia combined to put 88 progressive players connected rosters successful Week 1 of the NFL season. The schools combined for 4 Pro Bowl selections this year, halfway Ryan Kelly, antiaircraft lineman Jonathan Allen and cornerback Trevon Diggs from Alabama, and moving backmost Nick Chubb from Georgia. More endowment is connected the way, too. In Sporting News' latest NFL Mock Draft, Alabama’s Evan Neal and Georgia’s Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean are projected to beryllium first-round picks.

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Alabama manager Nick Saban and Georgia manager Kirby Smart person built NFL shot factories. So, what would that look similar if those Alabama and Georgia alums played head-to-head successful the NFL? SN takes a person look:

Georgia discourtesy vs. Alabama defense

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Georgia quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford, Georgia's backmost from 2006-08, ranks 12th each clip successful the NFL with 49,757 yards. He’ll person his champion accidental to pb a Super Bowl tally with the Rams this season. Jake Fromm is the backup. If Alabama is allowed to usage Jalen Hurts, past would Georgia beryllium capable to assertion Justin Fields?

Georgia moving backs

The extent illustration astatine moving backmost would beryllium the aforesaid arsenic the 2018 CFP title crippled against Alabama: Nick Chubb ranks 3rd successful the NFL with 1,201 rushing yards this season, and would divided carries with Sony Michel and D'Andre Swift, who person 802 and 587 yards, respectively. That’s a fantastic trio to enactment with.

Georgia receivers and choky ends

Veteran A.J. Green led each Georgia receivers this play with 825 yards, and Mecole Hardman (590 yards) and Chris Conley (323 yards) besides person emerged arsenic relation players successful their respective offenses. George Pickens is the next-man up. Tight extremity is simply a spot of a anemic spot, but Brock Bowers volition beryllium successful the NFL successful a fewer years.

Georgia violative line

David Andrews is 1 of the much reliable centers successful the league with New England, starting 16 games each successful 2 of the past 3 seasons. Ben Cleveland has emerged arsenic a coagulated defender precocious successful the season, and tackles Andrew Thomas and Isaiah Wynn person settled into their roles. Georgia doesn’t person a batch of extent here.

Alabama antiaircraft line

Alabama would tally a 4-3 with a talented radical up beforehand that includes Quinnen Williams, Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne and A’Shawn Robinson. Dalvin Tomlinson, Jarren Reid, Raekown Davis and Christian Barmore would springiness this presumption radical depth. Allen has enjoyed a career-high 8.5 sacks this season.

Alabama linebackers

Veterans C.J. Mosley and Dont’a Hightower would anchor this group, wherever Reggie Ragland, Shaun-Dion Hamilton and Rashaan Evans could rotate in. There isn’t a existent borderline rusher successful the radical aft Hightower, but that’s portion of the Alabama model.

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Alabama secondary

Trevon Diggs made the Pro Bowl with 11 interceptions this season, and Marlon Humphrey is simply a two-time Pro Bowl cornerback who is retired with a torn pectoral muscle. Patrick Surtain II has 4 interceptions arsenic a rookie. Safety is loaded too, with Minkah Fitzpatrick, Eddie Jackson, Landon Collins, Ronnie Harrison and Xavier McKinney. The Saban epoch has created extent successful the secondary.

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Alabama discourtesy vs. Georgia defense

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Alabama quarterbacks

That backmost country has reunited again. Mac Jones has the highest passer standing of the radical astatine 92.5, but Jalen Hurts (who finished his vocation astatine Oklahoma) has led a playoff propulsion with the Eagles. Tua Tagovailoa continues to combat done injuries successful Miami, but isn’t that acold behind.

Alabama moving backs

Alabama has 4 of the apical 25 rushers successful the NFL this season. Derrick Henry (937 yards) has played successful conscionable 8 games. Rookie Najee Harris (1,172 yards) ranks 4th successful the league successful rushing, and Damien Harris (892 yards) and Josh Jacobs (740) besides are successful the mix. 

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Alabama receivers and choky ends

Julio Jones has 7 Pro Bowl appearances, but helium has been injured for astir of this season. Calvin Ridley besides would beryllium successful the mix. If we were going conscionable based connected this year, the 3 astir productive receivers person been Jaylen Waddle (988 yards), DeVonta Smith (875 yards) and Amari Cooper (786 yards). O.J. Howard is the champion stake astatine choky end. This radical volition adhd SN All-American Jameson Williams soon enough.

Alabama violative line

Ryan Kelly is simply a three-time Pro Bowl enactment astatine center, but Bradley Bozeman has been bully astatine the position, too. The interior would beryllium coagulated with those two, and Jedrick Wills, Jonah Williams and Cam Robinson could rotate astatine tackle on with rookie Alex Leatherwood.

Georgia antiaircraft line

The Bulldogs would beryllium bladed here, fixed antiaircraft tackle John Jenkins is the lone 1 with important time. First-team All-American Jordan Davis volition beryllium successful the NFL soon, however, and the Bulldogs would ever bump down immoderate of their talented extracurricular linebackers arsenic borderline rushers and tally a 3-4 defense.

Georgia linebackers

Veteran Justin Houston has 102 vocation sacks, and Leonard Floyd has 9.5 sacks this season. Roquan Smith ranks 3rd successful the NFL with 157 full tackles. Nakobe Dean is adjacent successful enactment from the assemblage ranks.

Georgia secondary

This is portion of the pipeline Smart is processing successful Georgia. Rookie cornerbacks Eric Stokes and Tyson Campbell person combined for 3 interceptions this season, and Richard LeCounte has carved retired a relation successful Cleveland. Veteran information Shawn Williams has 2 seasons with 100-plus tackles.

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Special teams

Georgia peculiar teams

Rodrigo Blankenship has kicked successful 5 games for the Colts this season, but helium has struggled with injuries. The Bulldogs don’t person a punter successful the NFL.

Alabama peculiar teams

Punter JK Scott was chopped by the Packers but signed with the Jaguars past week. SN second-team All-American inferior Will Reichard could beryllium a kicker for an NFL squad erstwhile helium turns pro.

Who wins? 

Fun fact: Stafford is the past Georgia backmost to bushed Alabama. In this hypothetical matchup, Georgia would thin connected the moving crippled aboriginal with Chubb and Michel, and Stafford would marque a fewer connections with Green, who was a favourite people successful college. 

Alabama, however, would beryllium capable to stack the enactment of scrimmage and unit a fewer interceptions with Fitzpatrick and Diggs. 

The Crimson Tide besides could rotate quarterbacks, and each 3 could play successful this matchup. Jones, however, would deed a fewer heavy passes to Waddle and Smith, and the Crimson Tide would beryllium capable to hammer the moving crippled with a steadfast Henry and Harris. Those nationalist title teams successful the CFP epoch person produced NFL stars, and that would radiance done successful this matchup. 

Stafford would support Georgia successful it, but the Crimson Tide would screen astatine 7-point dispersed here. 

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