The top 10 players returning to the Alabama Crimson Tide for the 2020 college football season.
Important to note that this list is based upon last year's data and film from on each specific team as well as judgment based upon the player's position both his skill and the level of talent around him at the said position and influential cohorts. Positional value also plays a large factor in these rankings as does the offensive or defensive scheme.
1. Jaylen Waddle, WR
2. DeVonta Smith, WR
3. Najee Harris, RB
4. Patrick Surtain II, CB
5. Dylan Moses, LB
6. Alex Leatherwood, T
7. Landon Dickerson, C
8. Jordan Battle, S
9. Evan Neal, T
10. Christian Barmore, DI
Honorable Mention: Deonte Brown, G; DJ Dale, DI; Christian Harris, LB; Shane Lee, LB
There is quite possibly no one better at the position in college football this year than Jaylen Waddle at wide receiver. Any time you're on a list of Alabama players at No. 1 and any time you beat out your own teammate named DeVonta Smith at said position, that's how good he is. He just hasn't been fully utilized because of returning talent ahead of him on the depth chart.
That is no mistake nor discredit to him as he is the nation's most dangerous player with the ball in his hands -- just ask LSU. Or just ask any other team that he's burned with his speed. With his quicks. With his route-running ability. With his ability to high-point the football. He's quite literally the do-it-all receiver but will get wrongfully bucketed into a 'slot receiver' typecast because of his size.
Make no mistake about it, Waddle is a featured receiver and should be treated as such. There is no route he can't run, no defender he can't clown. He is the best returning receiver in college football. Just wait for it.
The rest of the Alabama team has been talked about at great length everywhere else and will be talked about in even more depth going forward. Smith is a terrific receiver and Harris has a claim as one of the best running backs in the country.
Surtain II is clearly taking after his father while Moses returns, if healthy, as one of the top linebackers in the SEC and in the nation. Leatherwood and Dickerson are sure-fire NFL draft picks while Battle is set to take the place by previous NFL draft picks himself. Barmore is a breakout candidate no matter which publication you look -- and all of these aforementioned traits are accurate.
This is a deep team that will be reliant upon their quarterback -- whoever it is in 2020. Something tells me though, this is a group of players so good everywhere else, that they could make up for any shortcoming from their QB this fall.