From time to time, fans engage in a debate about whether the best team in college football could beat the worst team in the NFL.
Some argue the NFL team would win because every player is a professional (and built for the league), whereas not every player on a college team will make it into the league. It's a debate that will likely never get settled on the field, so we will never have a definitive answer.
However, one anonymous NFL scout would jump at the chance to trade his team's defense for a college team's. Which team? The Ohio State Buckeyes.
During Ohio State's pro day Friday, NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah (via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com), revealed that an unnamed scout thinks the Buckeyes defense could succeed at the professional level:
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. 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.
Perhaps that "loaded" defense is why 57 percent of Ohioans surveyed by Public Policy Polling said Ohio State would beat the Cleveland Browns.
It wasn't revealed which franchise the scout works for, but regardless of the team, those thoughts will stir an interesting debate.
Ohio State's 2015-16 defense was overflowing with talent, such as defensive end Joey Bosa, safety Vonn Bell and linebacker Joshua Perry. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has four Buckeyes defenders in the top 62 of his latest big board and six in the top 114. In other words, more than half of the team's defense could be drafted by the time the second day of the 2016 NFL draft concludes.
Some football teams have solid positional groups without having a good unit as a whole. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, had playmakers at every level of their defense. And many of them will get a chance to play at the next level.
Could the Ohio State defense shut down a team such as the Browns for a game? Possibly. But could the Buckeyes defense keep up with NFL teams throughout a 16-game schedule? That is tougher to answer.
Given the talent of that unit, it wouldn't be wise to bet against it.