Whether it is the past or the present, these two schools have produced an insane amount of NFL talent.
But who are the best players in the NFL from these two schools? Here are the Top 15.
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (Alabama)
While other former Crimson Tide running backs get more buzz, Yeldon has quietly found a nice home and solid role in Jacksonville. He led the team with 740 rushing yards in just 12 games as a rookie last year, and has a team-high 220 yards on the ground through seven games this season.
Brandon LaFell, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (LSU)
Happy Birthday to Brandon LaFell, who will turn 30 on Friday! As he hits the big 3-0, the former Tiger isn’t quite the star receiver he once was (like when he caught 74 balls during New England’s Super Bowl-winning season two years ago) but still is crazy productive. He has four touchdown receptions this season and 28 receptions overall.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers (Alabama)
Lacy is still a super-productive NFL player (including a Packers-best 360 rushing yards this season) even if he probably won’t hit the lofty numbers in 2016 that he did early in his career. Lacy tallied over 1,100 yards in each of his first two seasons, making the Pro Bowl and winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2013.
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Mark Barron, S, Los Angeles Rams (Alabama)
After a slow start to his career in Tampa Bay, Barron has had a bit of a renaissance since joining Jeff Fisher’s club a season ago. In 2015, he led the Rams with 116 tackles (tied for 16th in the NFL) and has 51 this season. He also has two interceptions, which already matches a career high.
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints (Alabama)
Alabama’s long line of star running backs under Nick Saban began when Ingram won the Heisman back in 2009. And considering that Yeldon and Lacy are on this list, it doesn’t appear to have stopped since. With 340 yards on the ground in 2016, Ingram is on pace to lead the Saints in rushing for a third straight season, including 2014 when he made the Pro Bowl.
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Landon Collins, S, New York Giants (Alabama)
Collins surprisingly fell to the second round on draft night 2015, but has made the Giants look smart for selecting him. His 112 tackles led the team last year, and his 57 tackles in 2016 are tied for 21st in the NFL (second among all defensive backs).
C.J. Mosley, LB, Baltimore Ravens (Alabama)
The heart and soul of Alabama’s 2013 national title defense (he won Defensive MVP of the BCS title game against Notre Dame that season), Mosley has quickly evolved into the heart and soul of the Ravens defense.
In only his second year in the league, it might be surprising to see Alexander’s name this high on this list -- at least until you realize what he’s done in his short time in the NFL.
He broke into the league with 133 total tackles in 2014, on his way to earning a Pro Bowl berth, and followed it up last year with 117. Limited to just five games because of injuries this year, he has 29 tackles and three interceptions.
Kwon Alexander, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LSU)
It might be surprising to see Alexander’s name this high on this list after only two NFL seasons. However, he is tied for 10th in the NFL with 66 total tackles, after tallying 93 a season ago.
Jeremy Hill, RB, Cincinnati Bengals (LSU)
Hill has been an absolute monster since being selected in the second round of the 2014 draft. He ran for over 1,100 yards as a rookie, before tallying 11 rushing touchdowns last year (tied for tops in the NFL). Hill has a respectable 515 yards on the ground this season as the Bengals have limped to a 3-4-1 start.
Tyrann Mathieu, S, Arizona Cardinals (LSU)
“The Honey Badger” was a bona fide rock star in college during LSU’s run to the 2011 title game, and that has carried over to the NFL after a few rocky seasons. With 89 tackles and five interceptions a season ago, Mathieu was named first-team All-Pro and signed a five-year, $62.5 million extension.
Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders (Alabama)
This is where it all starts to get interesting, as Cooper has been one of the breakout stars for one of the NFL’s breakout teams over the past year and a half. Last season, he became the first Raider ever to tally over 1,000 yards receiving in his rookie year, and he has taken his game to the next level in 2016.
Cooper is third in the NFL with 52 catches, and is third with 787 receiving yards. Not bad for a second-year player who just turned 22 over the summer.
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Odell Beckham Jr., WR, New York Giants (LSU)
Beckham’s mini-regression season (and marriage proposal to a kicking net) shouldn’t take away from the fact that he’s been one of the most dynamic receivers in the league the past two seasons. In 2014, he tallied 91 catches for over 1,300 yards, and he topped 1,400 yards on 96 catches last year on his way to a second consecutive Pro Bowl.
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Jarvis Landry, WR, Miami Dolphins (LSU)
One of the great travesties in recent college football history is that for three years, Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. played in the same receiving corps at LSU and never could find a guy to throw them the ball (or was it Les Miles’ archaic offense?).
Landry has burst on the scene in the NFL, making the Pro Bowl last year with 110 catches. His 194 combined catches in his first two seasons (2014-15) are an NFL record.
Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (Alabama)
Isn’t amazing that two programs, which basically lived in the dark ages with their passing games until a few years ago, could produce so many good NFL receivers? Jones may be the best, as he’s second in the NFL this season with 859 receiving yards, including a Falcons-record 300 against Carolina in Week 4 this year.
Even more impressive was what Jones did last year, when he caught 136 balls for an NFL-best 1,871 yards. This guy is a bona fide star and with the way the Falcons are playing this season, Jones is arguably the best receiver in the league.
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Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals (LSU)
Peterson returned a Phillip Rivers interception for a touchdown on the first PLAY of his career and hasn't looked back in five seasons since. He is a five-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, and has added extra versatility on special teams throughout his career.
Peterson’s four punt returns for touchdowns as a rookie in 2011 are tied for an NFL record, proving that he isn’t just the best former Alabama or LSU player in the NFL, but is arguably the best overall player in the sport.