Projecting 2021 NFL Draft Stock of CFB Title Game's Biggest Stars

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Ohio State CB Shaun WadeJay LaPrete/Associated Press

Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
Deonte Brown, G, Alabama
Josh Myers, C, Ohio State

Gotta say, I admire the mock-draft community for mostly agreeing that some Alabama offensive lineman will go late in the first round but without agreeing on who that particular lineman will be.

Walter Football and NBC Sports have Leatherwood at No. 26 and No. 25, respectively. USA Today pegged Dickerson as the 28th pick. And 247Sports has Brown going No. 32 to the Kansas City Chiefs. CBS Sports also has the Chiefs picking an interior offensive lineman from this national championship game, but that outlet tabbed Ohio State’s Myers for that spot.

                   

Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

A lot of people probably don’t have Barmore on their radar because he’s only a redshirt sophomore and because he came on strong late in the year. Nevertheless, Alabama’s big man is tied for the team lead with seven sacks, has forced three fumbles and has knocked down three passes. The 6’5″, 310-pound Barmore a disruptive interior defensive lineman in a draft class that is strangely lacking at that position.

                      

Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

Wade’s draft stock plummeted this year. He probably would have been a first-round pick if he had declared after last season, and he’d probably be a projected first-rounder if he had stuck with his decision to opt out of this year. Instead, he came back, shifted from the nickel to a boundary cornerback and has struggled mightily. Wade is immensely talented, though, and I bet he’d be looking a lot better right now if he hadn’t tried to change positions during this tumultuous offseason.

                                    

Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

It’s a real testament to how undervalued running backs are in the NFL that only one of the six mocks (Bleacher Report’s) has Harris projected as a first-round pick. In each of the past two drafts, there was only one running back taken in the first round: Josh Jacobs at No. 24 in 2019 and Clyde Edwards-Helaire at No. 32 last year. But if anyone is going in the first round this year, it should be Harris. If there is a Derrick Henry 2.0, it’s probably him.

                                    

Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Moses isn’t a projected first-rounder in any of these mocks. But in Matt Miller’s way-too-early 2020 mock, he had Moses going No. 9 overall. After Moses missed that entire season with a knee injury before deciding to return to Tuscaloosa, Miller again had high hopes for Moses, putting him at No. 12 in his way-too-early 2021 mock. I find it hard to believe that the NFL has just forgotten about this physical linebacker.