The bowl season gives fans and scouts alike a chance to analyze NFL Draft prospects against solid competition. Bowl scheduling allows all eyes to be on each game. Here are the NFL Draft prospects in the 2021 National Championship Game.
Alabama Crimson Tide Draft Prospects
Patrick Surtain Jr., CB
Going into the season, Surtain was one of the most coveted corners in college football. He has lived up to the hype over his career with 113 total tackles, four interceptions and 23 passes defended. This season Surtain has 34 total tackles, one interception and eight passes defended.
Surtain has good size and length for an NFL corner at 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds. He hasn’t been targeted very often over his college career, which speaks to how good of a corner he can be. Surtain is a projected top 15 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: Top 15 pick
Devonta Smith, WR
Smith has been a very productive receiver in his time in Tuscaloosa. Over his career, he has 223 receptions for 3,750 yards and 43 touchdowns. He has had a monster 2020 season that has led to him being a Heisman finalist with 105 receptions for 1,641 yards and 20 touchdowns.
At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Smith may need to add some play strength to be successful in the NFL. He has displayed a nose for the endzone and has great route-running skills. Smith is a projected first round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick
Other Draft Prospects
WR Jaylen Waddle (1st), OT Alex Leatherwood (1st-2nd), DL Christian Barmore (1st-2nd), LB Dylan Moses (1st-3rd), RB Najee Harris (1st-3rd), QB Mac Jones (1st-3rd), OG Deonte Brown (2nd-4th), CB Josh Jobe (3rd-5th), DL Phidarian Mathis (4th-6th), OG/C Landon Dickerson (4th-6th), DL LaBryan Ray (5th-7th), TE Miller Forristall (UFA)
Ohio State Buckeyes Draft Prospects
Justin Fields, QB
Fields started his career out at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State and playing well. Fields has passed for 5,507 yards, 66 touchdowns and nine interceptions on 69.4 percent completion in his career. This season, Fields has passed for 1,906 yards, 21 touchdowns and six interceptions on 72.6 percent completion. He has added 316 yards and five touchdowns on the ground as well.
He has good size for an NFL quarterback at 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds. His arm talent and athleticism have both been great at the college level and should translate to the next level. Fields is a projected top 10 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: Top 10 Pick
Wyatt Davis, OG/C
After waiting his turn, Wyatt Davis has turned into a great offensive lineman for Ohio State. For the 2019 season, he blocked well and was named an All-American. He was named a preseason All-American this season and his blocking has helped Ohio State get to the CFP.
He has solid size for an interior lineman at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds. Davis has been great on the inside for Ohio State and he should be the first interior lineman selected in this draft class. He is a projected first round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
Other Draft Prospects
WR Chris Olave (1st-2nd), CB Shaun Wade (1st-2nd), OG/C Josh Myers (2nd-3rd), LB Baron Browning (3rd-5th), DL Haskell Garrett (3rd-5th), OT Thayer Munford (3rd-5th), LB Pete Werner (4th-6th), RB Trey Sermon (4th-6th) DL Tommy Togiai (5th-7th), RB Master Teague (6th-UFA), Edge Tyreke Smith (6th-UFA), LB Justin Hilliard (6th-UFA)
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