Alabama Draft Class
The best part of Alabama’s class is the New England Patriots address the cornerback and offensive tackle needs early. Turner might be rated higher than Ricks, but getting Steen in the third round while there wasn’t a Wolverines tackle worth selecting through four rounds.
On top of that is Branch, who may be developed slowly due to New England’s depth at the position, would be expected to emerge as the starting free safety for a long, long time. Michigan doesn’t have a safety in their class, further weakening their case.
Where the Wolverines make it competitive is in depth. They lose the tight end head-to-head, but Morris and Bell are exciting players that could contribute quickly. Young could join the D-line rotation early, but Smith is more talented.
And the much-needed receiver wore Maize and Blue. By chance, Alabama doesn’t have a receiver prospect in this year’s class. As good as the ‘Bama receivers had been over the years, it’s not wrong to assume an Alabama receiver likely would be a day one or two prospect.
Oluwatimi is a better prospect than Ekiyor Jr., but neither would be expected to play a significant role anytime soon as the Patriots are set at guard for years to come. The added depth is nice, but guard isn’t high on New England’s list.
Lastly, To’o To’o could be a good addition, as the Patriots look to add speed and athleticism to upgrade the position.
Addressing the New England Patriots’ top needs is what gives the advantage Alabama’s class. Not having an offensive tackle cripples Michigan’s class. Having a receiver isn’t enough for team Wolverines to make up that difference.