How big is talent gap in Bama-A&M?
September, 12, 2013
By Todd McShay | ESPN.com
There will be several future pros taking the field Saturday afternoon in College Station, Texas, when the Alabama Crimson Tide visit the Texas A&M Aggies.
There are five players between the two teams in our Top 32 rankings: Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio, LB C.J. Mosley, S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and LB Adrian Hubbard, and Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews. There are also six more who have second- or third-round grades: Texas A&M WR Mike Evans and QB Johnny Manziel, and Alabama QB AJ McCarron, LB Trey DePriest, DL Jeoffrey Pagan and DL Ed Stinson.
Based on those names alone, it appears the Crimson Tide hold a big advantage, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. So I went through and graded both teams at every position on a 1-10 scale, showing how each team compares to the other, taking into account both draft-eligible players and underclassmen who aren’t yet eligible.
How do the two teams stack up? Let’s take a look.
Between these two guys, McCarron might be the better pro prospect, but not by much. If given adequate protection, he has the weapons at the skill positions to pick apart this Aggies defense.