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NFL Draft Prospects in the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl

The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. The bowl season schedule allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2018 Capital One Orange Bowl.

Alabama Crimson Tide Prospects

*Cornerback Trevon Diggs is out for this game with an injury. He is a projected first to second round pick.

Quinnen Williams, DL

Williams has already risen very high on a lot of draft boards for his play this season and is now in play to be selected in the first few picks of the 2019 NFL Draft. The redshirt sophomore has 86 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and one pass defended in his two seasons at Alabama. In 2018, he has tallied 66 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, eight sacks and one pass defended.

He has good size at 6-foot-4 and 289 pounds. His athleticism will allow him to play multiple positions in a few different schemes. If he declares for the draft, he will be one of the first names off the board.

Projected draft range: Top 10 pick

NFL Draft Prospects in the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic
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Raekwon Davis, DL

Davis was more hyped up to start the season, but has still played well and warrants heavy consideration to be an early round draft pick. He has 125 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble in his time at Alabama. This season he has 52 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks.

His measurables might be the most intriguing thing about Davis. He stands 6-foot-7 and 319 pounds, which is excellent for his NFL career. He should be taken in the first round.

Projected draft range: First round-second round

Deionte Thompson, S

Thompson is a junior that only has one year of starting experience, but he has played well enough to draw attention from NFL personnel. As a member of the Crimson Tide, Thompson has 104 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 6 passes defended, one fumble recovery and three forced fumbles. In his first season as a starter, he has 70 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions, five passes defended, one fumble recovery and three fumbles forced.

At 6-foot-2 and 196 pounds, he has good size for a safety, although he’ll need to add some weight to his frame. Thompson should be the first safety off the board in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Projected draft range: First round-second round

Other Alabama Crimson Tide Prospects: OT Jonah Williams (first-second round), LB Mack Wilson (first-second round), TE Irv Smith Jr. (first-second round), DT Isaiah Buggs (second-third round), RB Damien Harris (second-third round), LB Anfernee Jennings (second-fourth round), RB Josh Jacobs (third-fourth round), LB Terrell Lewis (third-fourth round), C/G Ross Pierschbacher (third-fifth round), LB Christian Miller (fourth-sixth round), G Lester Cotton (fifth-seventh round)

Oklahoma Sooners Prospects

*All indications are that quarterback Kyler Murray will play baseball. If his mind changes, his draft range is third to fifth round.

*Running back Rodney Anderson is out for this game with a knee injury. With his health issues still being up in the air, he is a projected third to fifth round pick.

NFL Draft Prospects in the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic
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Marquise Brown, WR

Brown is questionable for this game with a foot injury. He has been one of the most dynamic players in college football over the last two seasons and could be a game-changer against Alabama. He has132 receptions for 2,413 yards and 17 touchdowns in his career. This year, Brown has hauled in 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns.

He’ll need to add strength to his 5-foot-10 186 pound frame to match up with the physicality in the NFL. His main assett is speed though, as he can continually be seen blazing right by defenders.

Projected draft range: First round-second round

Cody Ford, T/G

While Ford plays tackle for Oklahoma, he may project better as a guard for the NFL. He does have experience at guard too, which will make either spot feel somewhat comfortable. His blocking has been a driving force behind the offensive explosion at Oklahoma over the last two seasons.

At 6-foot-4 and 338 pounds, Ford would be a solid size for a guard in the NFL.

Projected draft range: Second round-third round

Dru Samia, OG

Samia has played well enough to be named to the AP All-American second team this season. He started his career at tackle, but has since been moved to guard, which has paid off for the Sooners. Samia has accepted an invite to play in the Senior Bowl. A good showing there could bolster his draft stock.

He is 6-foot-5 and 303 pounds, which is solid.

Projected draft range: Fourth round-sixth round

Other Oklahoma Sooners prospects: OG Ben Powers (fourth-sixth round), LB Caleb Kelly (fourth-sixth round), K Austin Seibert (sixth round-undrafted free agent)


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