clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Discussion: Which player from the CFP National Championship would you want on the Lions?

We saw a lot of talent on display during the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night.

Syndication: Detroit Free Press Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

Congratulations to all my fellow Michigan Wolverines on winning the National Championship. What a ride it has been.

After the game, there has been plenty of talk as to where the this Michigan Football team ranks all time, and there’s a strong case that it’s at the top. A 15-0 undisputed championship season in the College Football Playoff era (especially in the last four-team iteration) is an incredible feat, and one that could be accomplished only by a team with rampant talent on every side of the ball.

The nation’s number one defense was actually playing the nation’s number one offense in the Washington Huskies, even though it didn’t always look the part. There’s plenty of talent to choose from on both teams, which brings us to today’s question:

Question of the day: Which player from the CFP National Championship would you want on the Lions?

My answer: I’m gonna go with the losing team here, actually, and say Huskies CB Jabbar Muhammad.

Muhammad has emerged down the stretch of this season as one of the best corners in college football, and has shown up big time on the biggest stages. Arguably his best performances of the season were against the Oregon Ducks in the Pac-12 Championship game and against the Texas Longhorns in the first round of the College Football Playoff. Those are two very formidable offenses, and Muhammad did more than just hold his own—he was the defender who broke up Texas’ last pass to win the game for the Huskies.

Muhammad is a bit undersized for an outside corner at 5-foot-10, 183 pounds, but he has a large body of evidence showing that he can compete with the best receivers in college football. He fits well with what the Lions need right now, and I’ll have my eyes on him ahead of draft season.

Of course if I’m picking Muhammad, someone’s going to ask why I don’t go with the home team in Michigan CB Mike Sainristil. I’m all for Sainristil, and I firmly believe he’ll excel as a pro. However, I envision him as much more of a C.J. Gardner-Johnson or Quandre Diggs type; a guy who can slot in either at nickel or at safety and use his agility and range to excel rather than being purely an outside corner. Lord knows we have enough safeties for the time being, so for this one, I’m taking Jabbar Muhammad.

Your turn. Which player from the natty would you want on the Lions? Let’s hear it.

Subscribe to PODD

After winning their first NFC North title in 30 years, the Lions have unfinished business this offseason. Stay updated with Jeremy Reisman through Pride of Detroit Direct, our newsletter offering up exclusive analysis. Sign up with NFCNORTH30 to get 30% off after your free trial.