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 2022 National Championship Game.
Alabama Crimson Tide Draft Prospects
Evan Neal, OT
Neal has been a great offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide over the last three seasons. He played left guard as a freshman and made the Freshman All-American team. Neal moved to right tackle as a sophomore in 2020 and then moved to left tackle as a junior in 2021. His play helped him get named an All-American for the 2021 season.
He is a large offensive tackle at 6-foot-7 and 350 pounds, but he moves extremely well for a player of his size. Neal has been one of the best tackles in the country and his measurables will make him the first tackle selected in the 2022 NFL Draft. He is a projected top 10 pick.
Projected Draft Range: Top 10 Pick
Jameson Williams, WR
Williams started his career at Ohio State before transferring to Alabama for the 2021 season. In his career, he has caught 90 passes for 1,773 yards and 18 touchdowns. Most of his production has come this season, as he has 75 catches for 1,507 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
While he may need to add weight, Williams has a solid frame for the NFL. His main calling card is his speed and the separation he can generate with it. Williams has just one big year of production, but has been one of the best receivers in the country. He is a projected first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick
*Cornerback Josh Jobe is out for this game with a foot injury. He is a projected day two pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
*Wide receiver John Metchie is out for this game with an injury. He is a projected day two pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Other Draft Prospects: S Jordan Battle (2nd-3rd), LB Christian Harris (2nd-3rd), DL Phidarian Mathis (2nd-4th), LB Henry To’o To’o (2nd-4th), RB Brian Robinson (3rd-5th), TE Jahleel Billingsley (5th-7th), OG/C Emil Ekiyor (5th-7th), DL Justin Egoigbe (UFA), DL Byron Young (UFA), OT D.J. Dale (UFA), LB Christopher Allen (UFA), CB Jalyn Armour-Davis, WR Xavier Williams (UFA), LB Shane Lee (UFA), DL LaBryan Ray (UFA), S Daniel Wright (UFA), OG/C Darrian Dalcourt (UFA), S DeMarcco Hellams (UFA)
Georgia Bulldogs Draft Prospects
Jordan Davis, DL
Davis has been wrecking games for opposing offenses for a few seasons now. Over his four-year career, he has 88 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks. This season, he has 30 total tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks, which helped him finish ninth in the Heisman voting. His impact doesn’t fully show up in the scouting report.
He is a large defensive lineman at 6-foot-6 and 340 pounds, which will suit him well at the NFL level. Davis demands the attention of several blockers and even then he can sometimes make a play. His play frees up others to make plays as well. He is currently projected to be a first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick
Nakobe Dean, LB
Over the last two seasons, Dean has created a huge impact for Georgia. For his career, he has 164 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. This season has been his best yet, as he has posted 68 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He has been the leader of the Georgia defense that has been so good this season.
At 6-foot and 225 pounds, Dean is a smaller linebacker. He can still get through traffic and make plays on the ball, despite being a little undersized. While he isn’t the biggest, he runs well, which will help him in an NFL that has gone lighter and faster. He is projected to be a first or second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Projected Draft Range: First Round Pick-Second Round Pick
*Edge rusher Adam Anderson is not expected to play in this game. He is a projected late-round pick or undrafted free agent in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Other Draft Prospects: DL Travon Walker (1st-2nd), S Lewis Cine (2nd-3rd), WR George Pickens (2nd-3rd), DL Devonte Wyatt (2nd-3rd), CB Derion Kendrick (2nd-3rd), EDGE Nolan Smith (2nd-4th), LB Channing Tindal (2nd-4th), RB James Cook (3rd-5th), LB Quay Walker (3rd-5th), RB Zamir White (3rd-5th), S Tykee Smith (5th-7th), S Chris Smith (5th-7th), OG/C Justin Schaffer (6th-UFA), P Jake Camarda (6th-UFA), QB JT Daniels (UFA), CB Ameer Speed (UFA), OG/C Warren McClendon, WR Dominick Blaylock (UFA), WR Kearis Jackson (UFA)
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