Find a match for Alabama’s 5 Stars


Jordan Battle, Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Let’s put these five former Alabama football stars on NFL teams in this mock draft.

The top of the 2023 NFL Draft will be defined by former Alabama Crimson Tide superstars.

While Alabama was disappointed on the football field with its insanely high standard, the 2022 Crimson Tide still won 11 games and beat Big 12 champion Kansas State’s snot to win the Sugar Bowl. Of course, Nick Saban not only lost his two coordinators to other jobs this winter, but his top three players all turned pro with Will Anderson Jr., Jahmyr Gibbs and Bryce Young.

Let’s take a look at which NFL teams make the most sense for Anderson, Gibbs, Young and others.

Contents

  • Introduction: Love is a battleground in the NFL’s Black and Blue Division, okay.
  • Page 2: Let’s run the ball a ton on a team that could trade their franchise quarterback.
  • Page 3: The head coach of this NFC powerhouse loves to kick the ball down your throat.
  • Page 4: This team doesn’t know what they’re doing, but this star would call home in 1985.
  • Page 5: A new head coach and a new quarterback could make this team an AFC problem.

Football Alabama: Find an NFL draft game for 5 former Crimson Tide stars

Jordan Battle

S Alabama Crimson Tide

Jordan Battle has a second-round rating, but could crack the top-31 this spring

One player who has been a big part of the Alabama secondary in recent seasons is safety Jordan Battle. Although a national championship eluded him as a member of the upper class, Battle remained one of the most important defensive backfield players on any SEC team. He was twice all-conference at his position, showing he has what it takes to play on NFL Sundays.

Safety may not always be a worthy position to be drafted into an NFL Draft, but most top football teams have one available to them. With just 31 first-round picks this spring, Battle has an outside chance of being able to secure a contract with a fifth-year option. The good news is that this would likely put Battle on a team that’s already a major contender.

The battle is likely a second-day pick, but taking a flyer on an Alabama defensive back makes sense.

Cincinnati bengals

AFC North

Jordan Battle could be an ideal replacement for Jessie Bates III in high school

With the Cincinnati Bengals having already tagged their star safety Jessie Bates III, it remains to be seen if the former Wake Forest star will be back in the Queen City for another season. Much of that will hinge on whether defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo gets the job from the Arizona Cardinals. A new defensive coordinator could make an increasingly expensive Bates all the more expendable.

Admittedly, it would be a little tough for the Bengals to battle with the No. 28 overall pick. Again, Cincinnati struck gold with Bates outside the top 32. Clearly, the Bengals front office has a great sense of talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Battle thrived playing in some sort of ensemble in Tuscaloosa, so he would fit right in in Cincinnati.

If Cincinnati can’t get along with Bates long term, Battle could be a good replacement.

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