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Pro scout on Tide D: 'They look like an NFL team'

Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:27 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 3:33 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The old saying goes that if you have two (or in Ole Miss's case, three) quarterbacks, you don't have any. But Houston Nutt has noted correctly this week that having depth at that position isn't so bad when you're preapring to face this year's version of Alabama.

“If you watch teams that have played Alabama the last few weeks, their quarterbacks have not been in the games very long," Nutt said. And he's right: neither Florida's John Brantley nor Vanderbilt's Larry Smith have been able to make it out of the first half with their health intact.

Those kinds of worries are why the Rebels' hometown Clarion-Ledger got in touch with a handful of NFL scouts, to find out exactly what Ole Miss would be dealing with. Any Rebel fans still harboring hopes for the Upset of the Season Saturday should start looking away ... now:
"I had seen them on TV and on tape, but I was down on the field before they played Arkansas," said one NFL team's chief talent evaluator. "They really look like an NFL team. You hear people say that, but with them it's true. That defense is huge, bigger than most NFL teams. Not just the linemen, but the cornerbacks, the linebackers, the safeties. And they can all run. That secondary ... it's the best secondary I've ever seen in college football" ...

Said a third scout, "You watch Alabama play and the speed of the defense is the same as the NFL. It looks like they've got too many people out there."

And another: "It's like watching a pro team, except they are bigger than a lot of pro teams. You just wish you could take them all."

And another: "What you get with Alabama is everybody plays to his speed. What I mean is a 4.7 guy really plays at 4.7 speed, because he is so well drilled and so well-coached he knows exactly what he supposed to do and where he's supposed to go. He doesn't have to pause and think. Sometimes, you see 4.5 guys to play 4.8 or 4.9. At Alabama, the 4.5 guys play 4.5. And they've got a bunch of them."

You get the point: if Alabama's defense was a woman, NFL scouts would be lined up outside its door, flowers, choclates and rings in hand. They estimate to the Clarion-Ledger that more than half the Tide's starters -- "six or seven" players -- could go in the NFL draft's first three rounds.

Frankly, it all sounds a little on the hyperbolic side, and getting that excited about the Tide D maybe does a disservice to the defense down the road in Baton Rouge, which has more than a few athletes of its own. (One scout does refer to the LSU D as "comparable, but younger.") But that doesn't mean the ultimate point is wrong: Alabama is very, very good, and they have many, many players who will play on Sundays. At the least, Ole Miss won't be able to say they weren't warned.



Comments

Since: Nov 17, 2008
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:31 pm
 

Pro scout on Tide D: 'They look like an NFL team'

I've said it several times this year, and each week I'm more convinced I'm right.  Bama vs. LSU will come down to three keys - assuming both teams stay healthy until the game.  First, Turnovers.  I don't expect many from either team, but if I'm wrong and one team has 3 or so, that team loses.  Second, Defense - both are awesome, I think Bama has an edge in experience, so add that to home field advantage and last year's heartbreaker in LSU and Bama wins.  Third, Offense - neither team is lighting up the sky, but I like Bama's chances of limiting LSU's running game more than LSU's chances of limiting Bama's in Tuscaloosa.  Richardson will get his 100.  Plus, I'll give McCarron the edge against Lee if it has to be done passing - only a slight edge due to homefield advantage.  I'm starting to think it'll be lower scoring and closer than I thought earlier in the year:  Bama 24 LSU 17



Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:48 pm
 

Pro scout on Tide D: 'They look like an NFL team'

Yeah -- I know it comes as a shocker, but LSU actually sends a few players to the NFL too.  I'm just glad Bama didn't recruit anybody on LSU's team, or LSU might not have enough players to put on the field.  Personally, I am enjoying hearing about how much better some people think Bama's D is than LSU's.  I feel confident the LSU D will show up (all 20+ who see playing time) led by TM7 and prove to everyone just how good they really are.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 14, 2011 10:00 am
 

Pro scout on Tide D: 'They look like an NFL team'

bama will beat lsu as bad if not worse than they did florida and arkansas, lsu has not seen the speed or athleticism that bama will bring. bama 36 lsu 10

What a moronic comment.  LSU sees that speed everyday in practice.  We play Bama every year, so there are no surprises at this point. 




Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:32 am
 

Pro scout on Tide D: 'They look like an NFL team'

I sure hope you're right!  LSU has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. For Bama to beat LSU, they're gonna have to play strong, mistake free, and watch for those trick plays that they like to do...  Roll Tide!



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 9:13 pm
 

Pro scout on Tide D: 'They look like an NFL team'

bama will beat lsu as bad if not worse than they did florida and arkansas, lsu has not seen the speed or athleticism that bama will bring. bama 36 lsu 10



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