Scouting the Peach Bowl: Alabama vs Washington

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Chris Tripodi

Draft Analyst Writer

Alabama (13-0) was barely challenged this season, playing just one game that ended with a single-digit margin of victory. Washington (12-1) had some closer games and a November loss to USC but finished strong with three conference blowouts, including two over ranked teams. Like most College Football Playoff Games, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl is absolutely loaded with first-round talent, much of it belonging to the Crimson Tide.

Peach Bowl Prospects

Rnd

Grade

School

Full Name

Pos

Number

Year

1st

4.09

Alabama

Jonathan Allen

DE

93

4Sr

1st

4.07

Alabama

Cam Robinson

T

74

3Jr

1st

4.07

Alabama

O.J. Howard

TE

88

4Sr

1st

4.06

Alabama

Marlon Humphrey

CB

4

3So

1st

4.05

Alabama

Tim Williams

OLB

56

4Sr

1st

4.04

Alabama

Reuben Foster

ILB

10

4Sr

1st

4.03

Washington

John Ross

WR

1

3Jr

1st

4.02

Washington

Sidney Jones

CB

26

3Jr

1st

3.95

Washington

Vita Vea

DT

50

3So

2nd

3.87

Washington

Budda Baker

S

32

3Jr

2nd

3.86

Washington

Kevin King

CB

20

4Sr

2nd

3.83M

Washington

Azeem Victor

ILB

15

4Jr

3rd

3.66

Alabama

Ryan Anderson

OLB

22

5Sr

3rd

3.63

Washington

Elijah Qualls

DT

11

4Jr

4th

3.56

Alabama

Eddie Jackson

S

4

4Sr

4th

3.54

Washington

Greg Gaines

DT

99

3So

6th

3.38

Alabama

Da'Shawn Hand

DE

9

3Jr

6th

3.35

Washington

Keishawn Bierria

OLB

7

3So

7th

3.27

Washington

Darrell Daniels

TE

15

4Sr

FA

3.22

Alabama

Gehrig Dieter

WR

4

5Sr

FA

3.22

Washington

Psalm Wooching

OLB

28

5Sr

FA

3.22

Alabama

Dalvin Tomlinson

DT

54

5Sr

FA

3.21

Alabama

Dakota Ball

FB

44

5Sr

FA

3.20

Washington

JoJo McIntosh

S

14

3So

FA

3.05

Alabama

Alphonse Taylor

G

50

5Sr

FA

2.95

Washington

Joe Mathis

DE

5

4Sr

FA

2.94

Washington

Jake Eldrenkamp

G

52

5Sr

 

Jonathan Allen, Cam Robinson, O.J. Howard and Marlon Humphrey all land in our latest top 10. Allen possesses very refined technique and should be a very disruptive 3-technique tackle or 5-technique end at the NFL level. Robinson is a dominant run blocker with elite physical traits at 6-6, 327 pounds, but he needs refinement in pass protection.

At 6-6, 248 pounds with 4.67 speed based on junior timing day, Howard is a mismatch waiting to happen up the seam. His route-running needs work and he isn’t a powerful blocker, but he understands technique well enough to be effective. Humphrey is our top-rated cornerback in a good class and brings plus athleticism and size (6-1, 198) to the table, and with improved technique at the NFL level he could develop into a top corner.

Tim Williams and Reuben Foster are the two other Alabama prospects we rate as first-rounders, and the 6-3, 245-pound Williams has the potential to be an impact NFL pass-rusher and shows the rare combination of speed, power and technique off the edge. Foster is a hard-hitter but also a sure tackler, and his range and awareness make him likely to be the first middle linebacker drafted in the top 15 since Ryan Shazier in 2014.

For Washington, John Ross, Sidney Jones and Vita Vea are very likely first-round picks as well. Ross’ combination of elite speed and ball-tracking ability gives him a great chance to be a top-18 pick. Jones brings good NFL size (6-0, 181) and nice ball skills to the table and was a player opponents avoided in the passing game. Vea is on the fence about declaring but could be the highest Husky drafted if he does, as the 6-5, 332-pounder anchors well against double teams against the run and shows surprising quickness to penetrate opposing backfields.