Tonight’s BCS National Championship game between top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama in Miami, Florida features a number of top prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft. There are at least five potential first-round picks and a flurry of other draftable players.
With all eyes on the big game tonight, who will be the top prospects that NFL scouts will have their eyes on? We’ve got you covered with the top five 2013 NFL Draft eligible prospects.
Honorable Mention: Alabama center Barrett Jones and linebacker C.J. Mosley
5. Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame
Eifert is right up there with Stanford’s Zach Ertz as the top tight end prospect in 2013. Eifert presents a match up nightmare for linebackers and he has room to grow as a blocker. His incredible hands and impressive route running will make him a valuable asset on a NFL roster. There is still the possibility that Eifert could return to the Fighting Irish for his senior season.
4. Jesse Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
Williams will be an ideal fit for teams looking to add depth to their 3-4 defensive front. Williams is a tenacious defender and has the size to eat up blockers and allow his linebackers to run free. Many teams will be looking to add a nose tackle like Williams in April.
3. Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama
Warmack is considered the best offensive guard prospect to come along since Steve Hutchinson. Warmack is a nasty blocker and never gives up on the block. He is a big reason for the success of Alabama’s running attack. You won’t be able to find a run blocker this polished coming from the college level. Warmack will have scouts drooling.
2. Manti Te’o, Linebacker, Notre Dame
Many may have thought that Te’o would top the list, but he fell just short. Te’o has the type of leadership ability that you want in a defensive leader. Te’o is coming off of one of the most productive years of his college career and was named a Heisman finalist in 2012. Te’o will stand out tonight when you watch the game. He has an incomparable nose for the ball and is always making big plays.
1. Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
In a passing league, big, physical corners are what NFL franchises are looking for. Milliner is believed to be the top cornerback prospect in the 2013 NFL Draft class. He has the size to stack up against NFL receivers and Milliner never backs down from a tough challenge. He is very good with his hands and his footwork is very fluid. An added bonus with Milliner is his willingness to come up in run support and lay the big hits. He is the most well-rounded cornerback in this year’s class. He still has one year of eligibility remaining, but all indications are that Milliner will declare for the 2013 NFL Draft following tonight’s title game.