Of the five executives NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah spoke with, all proclaimed Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett the best player in the matchup between the No. 6 Aggies and No. 1 Crimson Tide on Saturday.
But while Garrett gets the individual love, the executives spread it around the Alabama defense — specifically its front seven, from which one executive told Jeremiah that all would be selected in the first two rounds of the NFL draft.
“(Alabama’s Reuben) Foster and (Jonathan) Allen are both great players, but (Garrett) is a freak,” one executive said.
Garrett will face his toughest challenge of the season against yet another projected top pick from Alabama, the Crimson Tide’s junior left tackle Cam Robinson.
The latest 2017 mock draft from CBS Sports’ Rob Rang aligned with the opinions of the executives. Garrett was the first off the board (No. 2 overall), while Robinson was the first Alabama player taken (No. 9). But Robinson was closely followed by the duo leading the Crimson Tide’s intimidating front seven, Johnathan Allen to the Saints at No. 11 and Reuben Foster two picks later to the Titans.
It’s no secret the Tide have fielded yet another dominant defense. But this year’s iteration may be their best yet. Nick Saban’s defense and special teams units have been so good, Alabama’s offense hasn’t even needed to take the field for the Crimson Tide to score. Their 11 non-offensive touchdowns outrank the total of the next two teams (Houston and Pittsburgh) combined.
They face an undefeated Aggies team on Saturday and are still favored by an astounding 19 points. Catch the game Saturday on CBS at 3:30 p.m. ET.