Alabama in the Pros

Pair of former UA players voted to latest airing of NFL’s Top 100 Players list

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The countdown to NFL’s Top 100 Players for 2019 continued with numbers 80 to 71 on Wednesday, and a pair of University of Alabama alumni made the list.  

Mark Ingram enters his ninth season this fall, but he has shifted conferences – leaving the New Orleans Saints (NFC) for the Baltimore Ravens (AFC).

The talented running back started the latest episode at No. 80 and his peers around the league talked about his balanced attack of power, speed and hands out the backfield.

Ingram had four consecutive seasons (2014-17) totaling 1,000+ yards from scrimmage and produced back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing performances in 2016 and 2017.

The former first-round pick of the 2011 NFL Draft and 2009 Heisman winner had a career year in 2017, posting 1,124 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns. 

Ingram is a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2014, 2017) and helped the Saints capture an NFC South divisional crown three times.

He will now become an asset for Lamar Jackson.  

C.J. Mosley is about to enter his sixth year in the league. 

Like Ingram, the former All-American and Butkus Award winner at Alabama will be on a different team.

After turning in 100+ tackles in four of his first five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Mosley left in free agency and signed a massive contract with the New York Jets.  

He was voted No. 71 on the NFL’s Top 100 Players list and it comes after he led the Ravens to winning the AFC North last year. Mosley is a four-time Pro Bowler (2014, 2016-18) who has 579 tackles, six forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries, nine interceptions and 35 pass breakups in his career thus far. He was taken in the first round (No. 17 overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots have a job on their hands with Mosley and the Jets defense prepared to create chaos in the AFC East.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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