Took some time off from blogging while soaking up the sun in the Bahamas drinking rum punches, eating conch fritters and fresh caught lobsters. I brought 4 pairs of clothes to go to the gym with and they didn’t so much as leave the suitcase. Definitely postponed my self-proclaimed diet known as the “Jake Diet”. It is a very loose diet that has the mantra of play it by ear. It is proven to work if committed to the protocols. But here I am back to being a full time blogger so lets get to some serious stuff.
I, like most crazed football fans, have always been curious as to which universities some of the best NFL players attended. Clearly, schools like Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, Florida etc. have huge representation in the NFL ranks. However, I dug a little deeper and decided to break it down by conference. As an SEC fanatic I assumed it wasn’t even going to be close but I was dead wrong. I am going to start alphabetically listing off All-Pro NFL rosters based off of NCAA Conferences and the results may surprise you (don’t be a fucking nitpicker, zero point in arguing who is the better QB, Matt Ryan or Russell Wilson). Yes, I went through each position including offensive linemen. This required me to watch over 200 hours of film in a mere 10 days, which was absolutely awesome. After listing the All-Pro rosters I will rank them 1 through 5, the results might bemuse. Here goes something.
QB Matt Ryan, BC
RB Lesean McCoy, Pitt. Lamar Miller, UMiami. Devonta Freeman, FSU.
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pitt. Demaryius Thomas, GT. Deandre Hopkins, Clem. Kelvin Benjamin, FSU.
TE Greg Olsen, UMiami. Jimmy Graham, UMiami.
OL Morgan Moses, UVA. Shaquille Mason, GT. Rodney Hudson, FSU. John Miller, Lville. Cameron Erving, FSU.
DE Vic Beasley, Clem. Olivier Vernon, UMiami. Elvis Dumervil, Lville.
DT Grady Jarrett, Clem. Sheldon Rankins, Lville. Vince Wilfork, UMiami
LB Luke Kuechly, BC. Zach Brown, UNC. Preston Brown, Lville. Lawrence Timmons, FSU.
CB Xavier Rhodes, FSU. Bashaud Breeland, Clem. Artie Burns, UMiami.
S Kam Chancellor, VT. Morgan Burnett, GT.
QB Tom Brady, Mich.
RB Le’Veon Bell, MSU. Ezekiel Elliott, OSU.
WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland. Ted Ginn Jr., OSU. Terrell Pryor, OSU. Allen Robinson, PSU. Michael Thomas, OSU.
TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa. Vernon Davis, Maryland.
OL Travis Frederick, Wisc. Joe Thomas, Wisc. Taylor Lewan, Mich. Marshall Yanda, Iowa. Brandon Scherff, Iowa.
DE Cliff Avril, Purdue. Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue. JJ Watt, Wisc. Cameron Wake, PSU.
DT Kawaan Short, Purdue. Ndamukong Suh, Neb. Alan Branch, Mich.
LB Ryan Shazier, OSU, Sean Lee, PSU. Paul Posluuszny, PSU.
CB Marcus Cooper, Rutgers. Vontae Davis, Illinois. Bradley Roby, OSU
S Devin McCourty, Rutgers. Ricardo Allen, Purdue. Malcolm Jenkins, OSU.
QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
RB Demarco Murray, OK. Adrian Peterson, OK. Jamaal Charles, UT.
WR Dez Bryant, OKSU. Jordy Nelson, KSU. Michael Crabtree, TTU. Tavon Austin, WVU.
TE Martellus Bennett, A&M (currently member of SEC, Big 12 when Bennett attended).
OL Trent Williams, OK. Russel Okung, OKSU. Cody Whitehair, KSU. Mark Glowinski, WVU. Quinton Spain, WVU.
DE Von Miller, A&M. Lamarr Houston, UT.
DT Malcom Brown, UT. Gerald McCoy, OK.
LB Bruce Irvin, WVU. Derrick Johnson, UT. Brian Orakpo, UT.
CB Aqib Talib, Kansas. Chris Harris Jr., Kansas. Jason Verrett, TCU.
S Earl Thomas, UT. Tony Jefferson, OK.
QB Aaron Rodgers, Cal.
RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon. LeGarrette Blount, Oregon. Devontae Booker, Utah.
WR Doug Baldwin, Stan. Brandin Cooks, ORSU. DeSean Jackson, Cal.
TE Rob Gronkowski, Ari. Zach Ertz, Stan. Coby Fleener, Stan.
OL Tyron Smith, USC. Max Unger, Oregon. David DeCastro, Stan. Shaun Lauvao, ASU. Nate Solder, CU.
DE Everson Griffen, USC. Cameron Jordan, Cal.
DT Haloti Ngata, Oregon. Leonard Williams, USC.
LB Lorenzo Alexander, Cal. Kiko Alonso, Oregon. Brian Cushing, USC. Clay Matthews, USC. Terrell Suggs, ASU.
CB Richard Sherman, Stan. Marcus Peters, UWash. Sean Smith, Utah.
S Jairus Byrd, Oregon. TJ Ward, Oregon.
QB Eli Manning, Ole Miss.
RB Todd Gurley, UGA. Spencer Ware, LSU. Eddie Lacy, Bama.
WR Julio Jones, Bama. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU. AJ Green, UGA. Amari Cooper, Bama. Jarvis Landry, LSU. Randall Cobb, UK. Alshon Jeffery, USC
TE Jason Witten, Tenn. Jordan Reed, UF.
Jason Peters, Ark. Maurkice Pouncey, UF. Ryan Kelly, Bama. La-el Collins, LSU. Greg Robinson, Aub.
DE Carlos Dunlap, UF. Danielle Hunter, LSU. Dee Ford, Aub. Jadeveon Clowney, USC.
DT Marcell Dareus, Bama. Nick Fairley, Aub. Fletcher Cox, Miss St. Geno Atkins, UGA. Sharrif Floyd, UF.
LB Don’t’a Hightower, Bama. K.J. Wright, Miss St. C.J. Mosley, Bama. Thomas Davis, UGA. Alec Ogeltree, UGA.
CB Joe Haden, UF. Patrick Peterson, LSU. Stephon Gilmore, USC.
S Landon Collins, Bama. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU. HaHa Clinton-Dix, Bama. Eric Berry, Tenn.
- SEC. So much depth at both sides of the trenches, an elite secondary, two of the best ILB’s in football in Hightower and Wright make this the best defense. When you combine that with Eli Manning throwing the ball to Julio, Odell, AJ Green, Jarvis, Alshon Jeffery, Witten and Jordan Reed this offense would be unstoppable. Sure, aside from Sam Bradford Eli may be the worst out of the bunch, but he has proven he can win multiple Superbowls and that receiving corp is just disgusting.
- Big 10. Tough to go against any team that has Brady under center to go along with the best offensive line out of the Power-5 conferences. A little weak in the secondary compared to some of the other conferences, but that doesn’t matter when you have guys like JJ Watt, Kawaan Short, Cliff Avril, Ndamukong Suh, Ryan Kerrigan, Sean Lee and Ryan Shazier in the front 7.This front 7 would give opposing Quarterbacks no longer than 2.25 seconds to get rid of the ball.
- ACC. Other than the pass rush consisting of Olivier Vernon, Vic Beasley and Elvis Dumervil along with Luke Keuchly playing QB of the defense and Kam Chancellor swarming around all over the field, this is clearly a weaker defense than the Big 10 and SEC have. The passing attack is deadly, clearly, but the offensive line is far more inferior than two conferences ranked higher. The pass rush of the SEC and Big 10 would eat that offensive line up like I housed lamb shanks at the cocktail party I went to on January 2nd.
- Pac 12. Any time you have a guy like Aaron Rodgers throwing to guys like Rob Gronkowski, DeSean Jackson, Doug Baldwin and Brandin Cooks you are going to have a chance. Not to mention, the Pac-12 had just as good of an O-line as any of these conferences with guys like Nate Solder, Tyron Smith and David DeCastro. What brings them to number four is two atrocious safeties and aging linebackers. Again though this is real competitive conference that still would compete with any of the three ranked above them.
- Big 12. Clearly the worst of the bunch, led by awful QB Sam Bradford with a so-so offensive line. What was most shocking to me was the talent on the defensive side of the ball. The Big 12 (ironically a conference which possesses only 10 teams) has had some of the worst defenses imaginable in the past 10 or so seasons. But with Von Miller coming off of a disaster of a season and a lack of a good second Safety this defense has many holes in it. But again, this team could be the most talented out of the conferences but Sam Bradford can’t tie Eli’s, Brady’s, Ryan’s or Rodgers’ shoes. End of discussion.
This may have been a huge waste of time. All five conferences field incredibly talented rosters. This list of rosters and the order of their ranking is simply the opinion of a man who hasn’t missed a snap of football since 2004. Tuesday-Thursday, I watch the game tape of each and every game, take notes, draw up game plans and make evaluations. Other than the 200 hours of film I watched before I left for the Bahamas, I used my evaluations dating back to 2004 to make this list. Next, can an All-Pro roster of NFL players who didn’t play for a power-5 conference compete with these 5? We will find out. One things for sure: they are off to a great start when you have Big Ben going up against Sam Bradford.