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PROSPECT WATCH: National Championship Edition

Monday signals the end of the College Football Season with the National Championship. Alabama versus Clemson: Part Four – Saban versus Swinney. The two teams that spent most of the season ranked #1 and #2 in the polls. Naturally, with teams this good there will be a surplus of NFL talent all over the field. Here are some of the prospects to watch for from each team on Monday night:


Defensive Tackle  – Quinnen Williams (6’3″, 285 lbs.)

Williams will be one of the more coveted defensive line prospects if he decides to declare. He has shown the strength to stop the run, the quick first step and hand technique to rush the passer from the interior, and the motor and speed to play sideline to sideline. Williams is a game changer for Alabama and will be a Top Ten pick should he decide to declare.

Safety – Deionte Thompson (6’2″, 194 lbs.)

Thompson is in a class all by himself as far as NFL eligible safety prospects go. He has excellent size with the speed and quickness for excellent range on the back end. Thompson has also been the clear leader of the secondary all season. He doesn’t help in the run game much, but he is able to make solid tackles most of the time when he does come down in a run fit.

Offensive Tackle – Jonah Williams (6’5″, 301 lbs)

Just like the other two prospects on this list for Alabama, Williams is on another level compared with the other draft eligible offensive tackles. He wins with his power in the run game and athleticism and fluidity as a pass protector. He has played both Right and Left Tackle in his career at Alabama as well as showing the skills to be able to move inside to Guard if needed. I am confident that Williams will be the first Offensive Lineman taken in April.

Tight End – Irv Smith (6’3″, 243 lbs.)

Yet another Alabama underclassmen that will be highly coveted in April should he decide to declare. What’s new? Irv Smith is an good Tight End that has the same look and physique as recent Alabama Tight End OJ Howard. Smith hasn’t been utilized as much as a pass catcher, but shows solid hands when given the opportunity. He has been good as a blocker in both the run and pass games. NFL teams will definitely covet the all-around game of Smith in the middle rounds.

Running Back – Josh Jacobs (5’9″, 209 lbs.)

Alabama always have a super deep positional group at Running Back and that is no different this year. They regularly rotate three backs that all have superb NFL potential, but Jacobs might just be the best of them. He has a thick build, low center of gravity — and runs angry. He has excellent acceleration and burst and always seems to finish his runs falling forward. If he decides to declare, Jacobs will be on the short list of Running Backs in the conversation to be chosen in the first round.

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