9. Damien Harris, Running Back, Alabama
Damien Harris has been a consistent factor during his time with the Crimson Tide, and has amassed giant statistics of yards after contact the past two years. Many thought he would be one of the players who declared for the 2018 NFL Draft, but Harris stuck around and could reap the benefits of that decision when the draft comes along (and another National Championship).
Harris is a bull in a china shop at 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, but also has impressive moves for his size, and uses great fluidity to evade tacklers (you know, the ones he doesn’t just run over). In understandable terms, Harris could serve as the Mark Ingram to an NFL team’s Alvin Kamara, bringing the bulldozer ability to the party with his strength and athleticism. Harris can also catch, though, which shouldn’t be overlooked. He ramped up his receiving yards this season to over 200, when he hadn’t eclipsed the 100 yard mark in his last three seasons. Harris is one of my favorites to compete for the RB1 spot in this year’s draft.
10. Ross Pierschbacher, Center, Alabama
We’re back to the offensive side of the ball again for our last player, with Alabama’s starting Center Ross Pierschbacher. While not the most highly-athletic interior blocker, Pierschbacher has a mind for the game, and has been a big part of the success of the Alabama offense so far this year. He thrives in pass protection thanks to plus strength and on-field awareness.
Pierschbacher recently declared to play in the 2019 Senior Bowl, but we’ll get one last chance to see him in live action prior to the NFL Draft when he faces off against many of the guys preceding him on this list. Pierschbacher has also played at the guard spot in his career at Alabama, and is a dark-horse candidate to start during his rookie year in the NFL thanks to his strength and feel for the game. He’s definitely one to keep an eye on going forward.