Two Southeastern Conference powerhouses collided at the 2022 NCAA Football National Championship Game this Monday in a defensive battle for the ages. Both Georgia and Alabama happen to be two of the best college football programs to generate elite NFL prospects and this year’s class is no different. That being said, let’s find out more about college the top college football standouts from these two decorated programs that are heading into the pros later this year.
NitroBetting is ready to equip its bettors with knowledge on the latest developments approaching the 2022 NFL offseason. This time, let’s take a look at five college football players hot off the National Championship Game between Georgia and Alabama who could very well be top acquisitions at the 2022 NFL Draft.
5 Best 2022 NFL Draft Prospects from the College Football National Championship Game
OT Evan Neal – Alabama
The only player between Alabama and Georgia’s budding crop of players that has been a consistent top-five prospect in mock drafts thus far is ‘Bama offensive lineman Evan Neal. The 6-foot-7, 350-pound Neal is expected to come off the draft board very early as a versatile run-blocker and pass-protector alike, having spent ample amounts of snaps at guard, right tackle, and left tackle in the Tide’s formidable O-line across his three seasons in Tuscaloosa.
The Jets and Giants, who have the fourth- and fifth-overall picks at the 2022 NFL Draft, respectively, could use someone like Neal to protect their young QBs that have yet to make the next leap in the NFL.
WR Jameson Williams – Alabama
Alabama’s offense wouldn’t have had as much success this past season without the stellar production of third-year wide receiver Jameson Williams, who assumed the role of being the top receiving option of the team with fellow wideout John Metchie III sidelined due to injury for the better part of the regular season.
Williams finished with over 1,500 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns in the 2021 regular season thanks to his big-play ability. A team like the Saints, who still has to deal with the Michael Thomas fallout, could very well snag Williams in the middle of the first round to revive their lackluster passing game this past season.
LB Nakobe Dean – Georgia
It stands to reason that the top three prospects out of Georgia’s camp are all defensive players after the Bulldogs finished their campaign with college football’s best defensive unit, hands down. That being said, inside linebacker Nakobe Dean stands out as a future locker-room leader after his glowing junior campaign for the Bulldogs.
Dean led all Georgia players with 68 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, and six sacks in his final season with the team. Although his six-foot-flat frame is less than ideal, Dean is a stellar midfield defender and pass-rusher who can cover a huge chunk of the field. Teams like the Chargers and Patriots are likely suitors for the first-team All-American around the middle of the draft’s opening round.
DT Jordan Davis – Georgia
In contrast to Dean, defensive tackle Jordan Davis is all size and strength. The six-foot-six, 340-pound hulk of a defensive tackle took home a myriad of individual awards in his final year at Georgia, such as the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Outland Trophy, and being named a unanimous All-American alongside his fellow teammate in Dean.
The Chargers, Raiders, and Dolphins are the likely interested parties for Davis’ services around the late-10s to early-20s of the first round. Los Angeles and Las Vegas both desperately need upgrades in their front seven, while Miami would be better off taking the best value on the board with their 21st-overall pick should all the best offensive linemen in the first round be taken.
DT/DE Travon Walker – Georgia
Junior defensive lineman Travon Walker has been Dean’s partner in crime since both entered the Bulldog program in 2019. The 21-year-old from Thomaston did it all for Georgia’s front seven, racking up 34 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and five sacks in his final season.
Walker did not receive the same accolades as his two fellow teammates mentioned earlier, but he has a ton of upside with his NFL-ready skill set. Expect Walker to be taken in the back-end of the 2022 NFL Draft’s first round or in the early-to-mid parts of the second round.
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