Scouting the BCS Title Game: Clemson vs Alabama

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

The game for all the marbles is a repeat of last year’s title game as Clemson takes on Alabama for the national championship.

Alabama possesses one of the meanest, strongest defenses college football has witnessed the past decade.  They also have the draft’s top tight end and offensive tackle.

Clemson brings a lot of junior and senior leadership.  Some of their bigger names have slipped down boards but the draft’s best receiver can be found wearing a Tigers uniform.

BCS Title Game Prospects

Rnd

Grade

School

Full Name

Pos

Number

Year

1st

4.20

Alabama

Jonathan Allen

DE

93

4Sr

Dominant defensive end who can line up in a variety of schemes.  Tough, nasty but also athletic and strong.  Allen is a solid run defender who can also rush the passer, stop the run or occupy blocks.  We presently grade him as our second rated prospect for the 2017 NFL Draft. 

1st

4.06

Alabama

Marlon Humphrey

CB

4

3So

The next in a long line of terrific defensive back prospects coming out of Alabama.  Sized well, fluid and shows a burst.  Possesses all the making to be a number one, lock down cornerback.  Humphrey is expected to enter the draft and will be a top 15 selection.

1st

4.05

Alabama

O.J. Howard

TE

88

4Sr

Howard is the complete package at tight end.  He offers size, athleticism and the ability to be a consistent downfield threat at the tight end position while holding his own as a blocker.  Consistency catching the ball has been an issue for Howard.

1st

4.04M

Clemson

Mike Williams

WR

7

4Jr

Big, strong receiver that has been a dominant force at his position.   Physically beats down defenders and always comes away with the contested grab.  Nicely makes the reception with his hands away from his frame.  Also a terrific red zone threat.  Concerns on Williams include 1) lack of pure speed 2) neck injury which kept him on the sidelines for 2015.

1st

4.04

Alabama

Cam Robinson

T

74

3Jr

Stout, relatively athletic blocker who can play multiple positions on the offensive line.  For the most part Robinson blocks with solid fundamentals, slides out in pass protection and he’s strong at the point of attack.  Plays left tackle for the Tide but has the ability to line up on the right side or at guard.  He’s expected to enter the draft then be the first tackle selected.

1st

4.03

Alabama

Reuben Foster

ILB

10

4Sr

Three down defender with tremendous instincts.  Stout run defender who more than holds his own in coverage.  Quick to read and anticipate and plays tough, disciplined football.  Foster is quite possibly the most underrated player in this game. 

1st

4.02

Alabama

Tim Williams

OLB

56

4Sr

Tremendous pass rushing college defensive end who projects as a 3-4 OLB on Sunday.  Forceful, disruptive and shows great speed off the edge.  Williams makes an impact in every game but must now show he can makes plays moving in reverse. 

2nd

3.89

Clemson

Cordrea Tankersley

CB

25

4Sr

One time highly rated cornerback coming off a terrible season.  At the top of his game fast, fierce and instinctive.  Played back on his heels during 2016, looked confused and had a lot of mental lapses.  Tankersley looked like a legitimate first round choice off of the 2015 film but must quickly get it back to stay in the top 45. 

2nd

3.88

Clemson

Deshaun Watson

QB

4

3Jr

Watson is another Tiger prospect coming off a disappointing campaign.  From the college perspective he’s a leader on the field, finding ways to move the chains and get his team into the end zone.  As a pro-prospect he scatters throws, makes receivers work too hard to come away with the catch and has not shown much progress the past two years. He'll also need a system designed to get him outside the pocket.

2-3

3.73

Alabama

Ryan Anderson

OLB

22

5Sr

Three down linebacker who rebounded well in 2016.  Sized well, athletic and effective making plays up the field or out to the flanks.  Forceful, makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage and shows skill in coverage.  Offers potential at a variety of linebacker spots.

2-3

3.72

Clemson

Jordan Leggett

TE

16

4Sr

Tall, angular tight end who plays the position like a big bodied possession receiver.  Runs well, displays soft and strong hands and consistently comes away with the grab.  Wins out for the contested reception but at the same time finds the soft spot in the defense.  More of a long strider with built up speed and does little more than gets in the way as a blocker. 

4th

3.56M

Alabama

Eddie Jackson

S

4

4Sr

Well rounded safety whose season ended due to a fractured leg back in October.  Effective in all areas of the position.  Projected rehabilitation will determine his draft stock.

4th

3.54

Clemson

Wayne Gallman

RB

9

4Jr

Productive downhill ball carrier who does the little things well.  Strong, rarely brought down by the first defender and picks up yardage off initial contact.  Effectively blocks when necessary.  Not an elusive or creative ball carrier and shows little versatility in his game. 

5th

3.45

Clemson

Tyrone Crowder

G

55

4Jr

Tough, nasty, small area blocker.  Controls opponents or drives them off the line to open up running lanes.  Marginally effective blocking in motion and really can’t slide in space.

5th

3.43

Clemson

Carlos Watkins

DT

94

5Sr

Big, powerful space eater in the middle of the line who draws a variety of opinions.  Impossible to move off the point, occupies the gaps and but also fires through gaps and makes plays behind the line of scrimmage.  Allows teammates to make plays on the ball with his ability to take on blockers.  Best downhill and shows little ability laterally or outside the box.  Grades range everywhere from second to sixth round.

5th

3.42

Clemson

Artavis Scott

WR

3

3Jr

Potential number four receiver with return skills.  For the most part catches the ball well and shows run after the catch skill. 

6th

3.38

Alabama

Da'Shawn Hand

DE

9

3Jr

 

6th

3.34

Clemson

Ben Boulware

ILB

10

4Sr

Tough, run defending linebacker who plays with a nasty attitude.  Fires up the field, sells out on the blitz and always puts his pads in the action.  Best up the field and struggles making plays in reverse.

FA

3.22

Alabama

Dalvin Tomlinson

DT

54

5Sr

FA

3.22

Alabama

Gehrig Dieter

WR

4

5Sr

FA

3.21

Alabama

Dakota Ball

FB

44

5Sr

FA

3.20

Clemson

Jadar Johnson

S

18

4Sr

FA

3.20

Clemson

Korrin Wiggins

S

15

4Jr

FA

3.05

Alabama

Alphonse Taylor

G

50

5Sr

FA

3.01

Clemson

Jay Guillermo

C

57

5Sr