Alabama is good, but not that good

Did you see what South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier said about the football team at Alabama?

The wacky old guy said that the Crimson Tide could knock off a team or two in his old stomping grounds, the National Football League.

South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier.

“Alabama, gosh, they look like they could beat a couple of those NFL teams that I’ve watched on Sundays,” Spurrier said Wednesday on “The Dan Patrick Show.” “I think a lot of the oddsmakers out there that usually know what’s going on, I’d guess Alabams would be favored by a little bit.”


No, come on. Seriously?

What a silly debate, yet Spurrier’s comments have gotten some run.

A Las Vegas oddsmaker even weighed in from Las Vegas. According to RJ Bell of, Alabama would be a 24-point underdog against the 1-6 Jacksonville Jaguars on a neutral field.

And I’d take the Jags.

Alabama, of course, is a college football factory, especially in recent seasons under Nick Saban. But it’s not like every player who walks on the school’s campus to play football ends up in the NFL.

Since 2009, in fact, 24 Alabama players have been drafted, 11 in the first round. That’s impressive. But it’s only 24 players, six per year. And NFL rosters are filled with NFL players, to state the obvious. Fifty-three of them.

More than 1,000 players have been chosen in the past four NFL drafts and just 24 of them played at Alabama. Here’s a breakdown of recent Crimson Tide players who have been drafted by an NFL team:


Round 1

Trent Richardson (3), Cleveland Browns, starting running back

Mark Barron (7), Tampa Bay Bucs, starting strong safety

Dre Kirkpatrick (17), Cincinnati Bengals, third string cornerback

Dont’a Hightower (25), New England Patriots, starting strong side linebacker

Round 2

Courtney Upshaw (35), Baltimore Ravens, starting outside linebacker

Round 5

Josh Chapman (136), Indianapolis Colts, defensive tackle not in league

DeQuan Menzie (146), Kansas City Chiefs, reserve cornerback

Round 7

Brad Smelley (247), Cleveland Browns, tight end not in league


Round 1

Marcell Dareus (3), Buffalo Bills, starting defensive left tackle

Julio Jones (6), Atlanta Falcons, starting wide receiver

James Carpenter (25), Seattle Seahawks, starting left guard

Mark Ingram (28), New Orleans Saints, third on depth chart at running back

Round 7

Greg McIlroy (208), New York Jets, third quarterback


Round 1

Rolando McClain (8), Oakland Raiders, starting middle linebacker

Kareem Jackson (20), Houston Texans, starting right cornerback

Round 2

Javier Arenas (50), Kansas City Chiefs, starting kick and punt returner, backup cornerback

Terrence Cody (57), Baltimore Ravens, backup nose tackle

Round 3

Mike Johnson (98), Atlanta Falcons, backup right offensive tackle

Round 7

Marquis Johnson (211), St. Louis Rams, defensive back not in league

Brandon Deiderick (247), New England Patriots, backup left offensive tackle


Round 1

Andre Smith (6), Cincinnati Bengals, starting right offensive tackle

Round 3

Glen Coffee (74), San Francisco 49ers, running back not in league

Antoine Caldwell (77), Houston Texans, backup right guard

Rashad Johnson (95), Arizona Cardinals, backup strong safety

What do you think?

I think Spurrier was trying to draw some attention to himself with this statement. Alabama could no more beat the worst team in the NFL than Kentucky could beat the Charlotte Bobcats or the Arizona Wildcats, defending College World Series champions, could knock off the Houston Astros.

College teams vs. professional teams. Not even close.

But Spurrier is always good for some entertainment.

Thanks for reading, everyone. It’s already November. Amazing.