An NFL scout said he'd rather have Ohio State's defense than his team's

At some point every year, a college team is compared to an NFL team. It's a silly ritual, but a very real ritual. This year it wasn't during the season but after the year, as we prepare for the NFL Draft. 

And the comparison wasn't Alabama to a specific NFL team, but rather Ohio State's defense to the defense of an NFL team. And it was made by a real NFL scout!

Appearing on NFL Network during Ohio State's Pro Day on Friday, former scout Daniel Jeremiah said he was speaking with a current NFL scout who said he'd trade his "NFL defense" for the Buckeyes' unit.

"I was on the phone with [a scout] just the other day ... he said, 'I would trade our NFL defense right now for the Ohio State defense in a heartbeat. I'd do it right now,'" Jeremiah said. "When you hear that you [think], 'C'mon,' but you start going through the three levels of the defense, and even some younger guys that aren't eligible in this draft class. Oh my gosh, this is a loaded football team."

Would you take Bosa and Ohio State's defense over an NFL team? (USATSI)

An NFL team's defense being worse than a college team's defense is kind of laughable. But, look, there is a lot of talent on this team. Defensive end Joey Bosa, cornerback Eli Apple and linebacker Darron Lee are all top-20 prospects, decent bets to go in the first round. Safety Vonn Bell and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington are likely second-round prospects at worst.

Gareon Conley (CB), Tyquan Lewis (DE), Jalyn Holmes (DE), Erick Smith (FS), Raekwon McMillan (ILB), Dante Booker (OLB) are all top-25 at their respective positions in either 2017 or 2018 according to NFL Draft Scout. 

So that's 11 dudes right there and it's just about a full defensive unit. 

But all of this ignores the idea we don't know how any of these guys will translate to the next level. 

NFL teams don't get to schedule cupcakes early in the season. You play against the best players at the highest level week in and week out. 

As Colts punter Pat McAfee pointed out, this scout might want to question if his team is any good at scouting.

And if we're guessing what team it might be, the guess has to be the Saints, right? They're not just really bad on defense, they might actually be less talented at first glance.

The reality is you'd never take any college defense over any NFL defense. But there is an entire state of people in Ohio who believe the Browns wouldn't beat Ohio State, so it's not surprising this opinion exists.

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
CBS Sports Store
NFL Nike Gear
Our Latest Stories