The College Football Playoff is just around the corner with the semifinals taking place this weekend. Notre Dame and Clemson will square off, while Alabama and Oklahoma are set to play as well. These are the nine best NFL prospects on these four teams for the draft coming up in April.
9. Julian Love - CB, Notre Dame
Julian Love doesn't have the interception numbers he did during his sophomore year, but he has been great in coverage this season, defending 15 passes. He's logged 61 tackles this season and while he's a bit raw in terms of his development, he will likely be picked around the second round of the NFL Draft.
8. Dexter Lawrence - DT, Clemson
Lawrence will be forced to sit out the Cotton Bowl against Notre Dame, which is a big blow for Clemson. He's logged 7.0 tackles for loss this season and made 1.5 sacks. At 6-4 and 340 pounds, he is a force to be reckoned with, but he also possesses impressive speed for a player of his stature. He had arguably his best season as a freshman, but Lawrence's upside is still massive. He's got first-round pick written all over him.
7. Marquise Brown - WR, Oklahoma
Brown has been Kyler Murray's favorite target this season, picking up 75 receptions for more than 1,300 yards and 10 scores. He's a projected first-round pick in the upcoming draft and his blazing speed is something many teams will covet on draft day. Brown has earned the nickname 'Hollywood' for his highlight reel of plays with the Sooners. He clocked an unofficial 4.33 40-yard dash, an incredibly quick time.
6. Christian Wilkins - DT, Clemson
Wilkins has continued to shine in his senior season for the Tigers, recording 12.5 tackles for loss while picking up 4.5 sacks this year. His ability to get to the quarterback will earn him a first-round selection, as Wilkins is a threat on the interior. He's not the fastest player at his position, but he is a strong block-shedder.
5. Kyler Murray - QB, Oklahoma
Football or baseball? That's the big question surrounding Kyler Murray. The Heisman winner dominated in 2018, throwing 40 touchdown passes to just seven interceptions and rushing for 11 scores as well. His future in the game remains uncertain, but he proved to everyone just how talented he is under center and could be a first-round pick should he opt to go the route of the NFL.
4. Deionte Thompson - S, Alabama
In Thompson's first season as a starter for the Crimson Tide he has excelled. He's picked off a pair of passes and registered 70 tackles. He's also forced three fumbles and defended five passes, as he continues to rise up the draft board. Any team needing a safety should feel comfortable taking Thompson early in the first round.
3. Clelin Ferrell - DE, Clemson
Clelin Ferrell has top-10 pick potential and is one of the best defensive ends in college football. He has logged 10.5 sacks this season and an impressive 17.5 tackles for loss, building off of what was an impressive sophomore season with an equally strong campaign as a junior. Ferrell has forced a pair of fumbles this year and has been a nuisance for offensive linemen as he manages to shed blocks and get to the quarterback.
2. Quinnen Williams - DT, Alabama
Quinnen Williams is one of the best interior defensive linemen in the country. Boasting 18.0 tackles for loss alongside 8.0 sacks, Williams has destroyed opposing offenses this season. He's just a redshirt sophomore, but he is clearly ready to take the next step in his football career, and that will likely see him drafted early, having as much as Top 5 pick potential. He's nearly unstoppable at the collegiate level and already looks prepared to handle the opposition in the NFL.
1. Jonah Williams, OL - Alabama
Jonah Williams will likely be the first offensive linemen off the board in 2019 as he has proven to be one of the best players in pass protection in the nation. Williams can help transform almost any offensive line with his strength and size, standing in at 6-5 and 301 pounds. He is technically gifted and should be able to handle virtually any challenge coming his way, even at the next level.