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December 13, 2017    
February 02, 2016

The Replacements

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Alabama is and always will be a powerhouse team. The coaching staff of The Crimson Tide will not let their dynasty go without a fight.

It is a very real concern, because Alabama lost many of its cornerstone players. Alabama has three players projected to be in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft which testifies to the power they can produce, but also what they have to cope with losing at the end of each year.

Nick Saban is always looking forward wanting to making the team better. Take a look at the key players who left the Tide and who they need to replace them.

Who We Lost: Reggie Ragland: First team All American. He was the backbone of Alabama’s defense with more than 97 tackles as an inside linebacker in his senior year. He will be sorely missed.

The Replacement: Ben Davis: To replace the best you have to be the best and that is the consensus about Ben Davis. Davis, the number one ranked inside linebacker heading into signing day, is a projected lock for Alabama. That is, unless his last visit to Auburn tomorrow causes him to drastically change his opinion.

Who We Lost: A’shawn Robinson: A force to be reckoned with all year. Robinson departed to the woes of many loyal Tide fans. He made his presence felt throughout the 2015 season crushing all those who stood across from him. He opened up the field for his teammates and also did a great job of getting on the inside himself for crucial plays.

The Replacement: Rashan Gary: The overall number one draft pick by nearly every ranking system in the country. According to Fox Sports , Gary currently has Alabama tied with Clemson for his pick. Gary is just what Alabama needs to shore up its defense.

Who We Lost: Jarran Reed: Another staple from the national title winning defense. He was exceptional at shutting down the run game last season and contributed the second highest tackle total on the team.

The Replacement: Depth From the Rest of the Team: The draft is a plus for the dynasty that is the Crimson Tide. They don’t need to worry if we don’t get the best players right now, because we already have them, they just need a chance to prove it. Championships aren’t won on the backs of the first string alone. Looking to the benches for Alabama, you have some of the top prospects in the country riding the second and third string, including players such as star prospects Da’Shawn Hand on the third string. They have Jonathan Allen who would have easily been a Round One or Two NFL draft pick returning for his senior season, and he was on the second string.

As of right now the future has two possibilities. If signing day goes poorly for Alabama, they still have one of the best defenses in the league. If it goes well, they will have one of the best defenses in the league.
Matthew


 

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