Former LSU linebacker Patrick Queen is a great example of how a tremendous performance in a national championship game can help a player increase their NFL draft inventory.
Queen was one last season aspiring prospect and was able to complete her as the defensive MVP of the College Football Playoff Championship victory over Clemson. About three and a half months later, Queen was picked 28th overall by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round.
# 3 Alabama (12-0) and Ohio State (7-0) face a number of future NFLs on Monday night Player in the national title game. The matchups not only determine who wins a championship, but can also affect where some of their stars will be drafted.
« You want to examine a player’s ability to play in the clutch and in the big moments because when you do Put together a soccer team, an NFL squad, obviously your goal is to play in the playoffs, « said Jim Nagy, senior bowl executive director and former NFL scout. “So you want to watch the following games. The games that really matter. “
Alabama Center Landon Dickerson, who is out with a knee injury, and security guard Deonte Brown accepted invitations to the Senior Bowl as early as Jan. 30, Nagy said. Heisman Trophy recipient DeVonta Smith, star Najee Harris and Alex Leatherwood were also invited.
Center Josh Myers, Trey Sermon, linebackers Tuf Borland and Barron Browning, and defensive end Jonathon Cooper are planning for the state of Ohio attending the Senior Bowl, Nagy said. The invitations were also directed to Haskell Garrett and linebacker Pete Werner.
There are maybe 20 players who could potentially be drafted in April after playing for Crimson Tide and Buckeyes.
Justin Fields from the US – Ohio state was great against Clemson. He threw six touchdown passes and showed accuracy and arm strength across the field. He also showed poise and tenacity, playing most of the game after taking a nasty hit on his side.
This came after an inconsistent and shortened season that earned Fields the status of the best available quarterback behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence questioned.
« There’s a lot of excitement in the league that (BYU’s) Zach Wilson is # 2 in draft behind Lawrence, » said Dane Brugler, a draft analyst for The Athletic. “Fields, with what he did, that changed a little. He makes teams go back and reconsider. «
The Alabama defense had some bumpy moments, but it’s still the most talented group the Ohio state has faced, starting with SEC Defensive Player of the Year Patrick Surtain III. The junior will likely be drafted first Be the cornerback when he explains this.
« Give (tide coach) Nick Saban 10 days to figure you out and find your weaknesses. That’s terrifying, « said Matt Miller of NFL Draft Scout.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones is on the second tier of quarterbacks in the upcoming draft, which includes Kyle Trask from Florida and Shane Buechele from SMU. </ Jones was great, but he doesn't have athletic traits that compare to Fields and Lawrence. Jones is surrounded by top talent, and offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has done a good job keeping receivers open and creating mismatches.
« He’s a very, very difficult assessment because how do you separate him from an elite situation, » said Brugler of Jones.
Especially after former Alabama star Tua Tagovailoa’s rookie season, the solid, but was far from spectacular.
Shaun Wade, Ohio State cornerback, made the All-America team, but that was a generous rating based on last year’s reputation and game when he got a nickel -Back and slot corner was.
His outward move this season has been spotty at best, hinting at the cornerback game of Ohio state in general. Now he’s up against Smith, a sure first round player and the gem of Alabama’s successful passing game.
« When I’m Alabama and Steve Sarkisian, I’ll get DeVonta Smith as far on (Wades) side of the field as possible because nobody can stop him « said Miller.
» At the same time he goes out there and plays against Smith at a high level, it’s suddenly a different conversation, « said Brugler. « But based on what we’ve seen from Shaun Wade this year, it doesn’t seem like a realistic possibility. »
Alabama Defensive Tackle Christian Barmore is a third-team All-American, sophomore sophomore. So he’s not sure if he should get into the draft.
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The 310 pounder did not play at the consistently high level that would make it a lock first rounder. Even so, Brugler said the defensive class at the top of this draft is thin and Barmore has a chance to be the best of the group.
Barmore will face a good test in the Ohio state inner line. All-America guards Wyatt Davis (St. John Bosco) and Meyers are likely draft picks for Day 2 with late first-round potential.
Trey Sermon, who runs back in Ohio, has in the last three games experienced a notable rift in the late season. He should expect to see plenty of linebackers Dylan Moses and Christian Harris, the two top tacklers on the Crimson Tide.
Nagy said Sermon looked like a potential start to the NFL before hitting his knee in Oklahoma last season injured.
« He’s got his chance there for the state of Ohio in the past few weeks and has taken full advantage of it, but doing it against a Nick Saban defense in a national championship game would be just the next level for him », Nagy said.
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