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Colorado State coach Mike Bobo: Alabama defensive line looks ‘like an NFL front four’

Da'Ron Payne
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NFL teams keep turning to Alabama’s defensive line on draft day, and the Crimson Tide’s next opponent says this year’s group looks NFL-ready right now.

Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said Alabama’s defensive front resembled something found in the pros during his Monday news conference before the Rams and Crimson Tide meet Saturday.

“To be honest, it looks like an NFL front four,” Bobo said.

Defensive linemen Da’Ron Payne and Raekwon Davis have particularly excelled so far for the Crimson Tide. Those two already have nine tackles each in Alabama’s 2-0 start. Da’Shawn Hand also is viewed as a high-level player for that position group.

Teams across the NFL, of course, are also keeping their eyes on the Alabama defensive line.

Last year, defensive end Jonathan Allen swept most of the major defensive awards and earned a first-round selection from the Washington Redskins in April’s NFL Draft. Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was picked in the second round by the New York Giants.

Then, if he didn’t have all that with which to contend, Bobo is also concerned about the Alabama defensive backfield.

“They’ve got unreal playmakers in the secondary,” Bobo said.

He particularly highlights junior Minkah Fitzpatrick, who he describes as “one of the best players I’ve seen on tape.”

Alabama will play the Rams Saturday night in Tuscaloosa. It’s the second meeting between the schools, following the Crimson Tide’s 31-6 victory in 2013.

Bobo is a former Georgia quarterback who served as the Bulldogs’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Mark Richt before taking the Colorado State job in 2015.

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