The Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame Combating Irish will meet within the Rose Bowl from AT&T Stadium on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. ET in a School Soccer Playoff semifinal. Two conventional powerhouses will sq. off for a berth within the nationwide championship sport just a little greater than per week later. It is not going to be the final time that many of those gamers take the sphere, nevertheless. A number of have futures within the NFL and followers can be seeing a few of them there very quickly.
Here’s a have a look at the highest 2021 NFL Draft prospects for every group:
DT Christian Barmore
Barmore was extremely regarded coming into the yr after being flippantly used. He had the very best pass-rush win price amongst all defensive tackles in 2019, in accordance with PFF. The expectations didn’t meet manufacturing to start out the season, however Barmore has come on sturdy down the stretch. He’s a extremely sturdy participant with a terrific body who has drawn a number of double groups.
Within the up to date CBS Sports activities prospect rankings, Barmore is ranked No. 27.
RB Najee Harris
Harris is constructed like a linebacker however has not misplaced the explosive traits that outline an elite working again. The California native has displayed his athletic capacity a number of instances by hurdling defenders and there’s a pure consolation catching passes out of the backfield. Harris has put himself right into a place to be one of many first working backs taken in April.
He’s our No. 44 ranked prospect total.
QB Mac Jones
Jones has been extremely environment friendly for the Crimson Tide and throws with essentially the most contact on deep balls. There are considerations about his ceiling, nevertheless. Quarterbacks who’re discovering essentially the most success within the NFL have at the very least one elite trait. The quarterbacks drafted into the league lately usually have above common mobility. Jones is a statue within the pocket and can must be an elite passer to beat that deficiency in his sport. To search out success, he must go to a state of affairs with a great offensive line and gifted talent gamers surrounding him. The Saints is perhaps a match in the event that they resolve to maneuver on from Taysom Hill and/or Jameis Winston, and Drew Brees retires.
Jones is our No. 25 ranked prospect total.
OT Alex Leatherwood
Leatherwood is among the many prospects in that second tier of offensive tackles who might be taken late Spherical 1 or Spherical 2. It’s over when the lineman will get his fingers on the defender, however too typically he’s caught leaning moderately than shifting his ft. He had some points in opposition to these gifted Georgia edge rushers that had been capable of get their fingers on him first.
Leatherwood is our No. 45 prospect ranked total.
WR Devonta Smith
Smith, together with Jones, represents half of the Heisman Trophy finalists. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask are the opposite two. Smith is slight in body however electrifying. He assaults his routes and does in addition to anybody getting open in his routes. No huge receiver has had as a lot influence on the sport this season as Smith.
There is no such thing as a query that he can be one of many first huge receivers to listen to his title known as within the 2021 NFL Draft. Smith is thought to be a high 10 prospect by CBS Sports activities.
CB Patrick Surtain II
Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley and Surtain have basically established themselves as the highest cornerback choices out there. The latter is ranked No. 13 in our up to date prospect rankings. Surtain is a bodily, affected person cornerback who does a great job mirroring the receiver down the boundary. His father was an 11 yr veteran within the NFL.
WR Jaylen Waddle
Waddle is lightning in a bottle. Groups in the hunt for a participant who can stretch the sphere vertically will covet Waddle, who averaged 22.3 yards per reception this season. With the Crimson Tide’s depth at huge receiver final season, Waddle was primarily referred to as a return man however he has been capable of set up himself as one of many high move catchers in faculty soccer this season.
Waddle is ranked one spot behind Smith within the up to date CBS Sports activities prospect rankings.
Extra prospects to know
Cornerback Josh Jobe might be taken on Day 2. Jobe is the No. 84 ranked prospect in our rankings. Offensive guard Deonte Brown is an enormous human being. He performs with good leverage and drives his ft within the run sport. Brown is the No. 38 ranked prospect. Linebacker Dylan Moses missed all the 2019 season with an damage so it was necessary for him to play this season. After starting the season as a high 10 prospect, he now barely sits within the high 50.
Middle Landon Dickerson had an opportunity to be one of many first inside offensive linemen off the board earlier than his damage. He has a previous with accidents relationship again to his time at Florida State and that can harm his inventory. Dickerson has risen to the No. 74 prospect total.
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah
Owusu-Koromoah is nearer to a security than a linebacker, however what he’s is a modern-day NFL linebacker. He’s an undersized participant able to masking each blade of grass. Penn State’s Micah Parsons is on the high of the off-ball linebacker positional rankings however Owusu-Koromoah isn’t far behind. There’s a good likelihood he’s taken within the first spherical.
EDGE Adetokunbo Ogundeji
Ogundeji has regarded like a grown man enjoying in opposition to kids at instances. He has great play power and heavy fingers. The Michigan native does effectively getting excessive into the pads of the blocker and dictating that participant’s motion. The Reese’s Senior Bowl participant does a great job of taking pictures gaps and containing the sting as effectively. He could not possess the identical elite athleticism of different edge rushers on this class however groups know what they’re getting from Ogundeji.
He’s CBS Sports activities’ No. 87 prospect total and the No. 8 edge rusher.
Extra prospects to know
Offensive sort out Liam Eichenberg is a prospect that has been mocked within the first spherical however he’s ranked a lot decrease for me personally. He’s athletic and fast out of his stance however struggles to lock onto shifting targets. Eichenberg is at present ranked No. 102 total within the CBS Sports activities prospect rankings. Offensive guard Robert Hainsey, one other Reese’s Senior Bowl participant, also needs to be drafted.
Working again Kyren Williams and security Kyle Hamilton aren’t eligible for the upcoming draft however they are going to be among the many high prospects the next yr.