Several websites this week unveiled midseason college football honors, but Pro Football Focus had a little different approach for one of its stories.
Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus picked his PFF College Dream Team, presumably the team he would take in the unlikely scenario where a game between current college football players and evil aliens determined the course of the galaxy.
In such a game, Palazzolo is going with a running quarterback in Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, and a defense that features a true freshman up front in Houston’s Ed Oliver.
As for the SEC, Palazzolo is drafting nine players, although just two on offense. They are:
- Jonathan Allen, Alabama, DT: He’s been unblockable on the interior and on the edge and his two-year production has been off the charts (732 snaps, 20 sacks, 12 QB hits, 40 hurries).
- Derek Barnett, Tennessee, DE: “He may not have the same classic edge rusher look as Garrett, but he gets to the quarterback and has complemented it with his usual strong work against the run.“
- Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt, LB: “He has the athleticism to cover and the aggressiveness to play the run, if only we can cut down on his 12 missed tackles to make him a complete player.”
- Jarrad Davis, Florida: “He’s also an explosive pass-rusher where he’s notched two sacks, four QB hits, and nine hurries, but like Cunningham, we’d like to see him finish plays better as he’s missed eight tackles on the year.”
- Evan Engram, Ole Miss, TE: “He can play all over the formation and his three-year sample as a run blocker is enough to trust him in more of an H-back role where he can block on the move and run routes off the same looks in the play action game.”
- Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama, CB: “He’s intercepted three passes and knocked away four more this year, leading to a strong 86.0 grade for the season.”
- Reuben Foster, Alabama, LB: “Foster has been outstanding in all phases where he uses his agility to attack in the run game and he’s been one of the best coverage linebackers in the nation that last two years. He’s missed only two of his 44 tackle attempts all season.”
- Myles Garrett, Texas A&M, DE: He’s been outstanding since stepping onto campus and it will take a lot to knock him off the Dream Team as he ranks second among all Power-5 edge rushers with an 89.6 pass rush grade and he’s improved in the run game to an 82.8 mark.”
- Frank Ragnow, Arkansas, C: “He gets to the second level well and he’s been a key cog in the Razorbacks’ running game.”
Meanwhile, the Big Ten is second with six selections in the thought experiment.
Alabama’s three players are the most on the team. Michigan, with two, is the only other team with multiple selections.