Alabama vs. Georgia. Top 10 NFL Draft prospects to keep an eye on in National Championship Game

Phidarian Mathis in Alabama (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images).

On Monday night, top names from the NFL Draft will be visible as Alabama faces Georgia in the National Championship Game.

One of the craziest and most-unpredictable college football season’s in recent memory will finally culminate on Monday night when Alabama takes on Georgia in the CFP National Championship Game from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN.

A rematch of a thrilling SEC Championship Game from back on December 4 when the Crimson Tide topped the Bulldogs 41-24, storylines will be a plenty for this matchup between two of college football’s powers. One storyline that might not get as much attention is the NFL Draft. The National Championship Game’s prospects will take center stage in late April.

While some notable names, such as Bryce Young, 2021 Heisman Trophy winner, and Will Anderson Jr., are not eligible for the 2022 NFL Draft draft, there are many players who will be on Monday night, four of whom are likely to be first-round picks. Let’s take a look at those four, as well as six others to compose the Top 10 2022 NFL Draft prospects playing in this year’s National Championship Game.

Ten NFL Draft prospects to be on the lookout from Alabama and Georgia during the National Championship Game

10. Phidarian Mathis, Alabama defensive tackle

Alabama defensive tackle, coming off a career 2021 Phidarian MathisHe has established himself as one the best pass-rushing defensive tackles in 2022 NFL Draft and will be looking for the final touches to that incredible season on Monday night.

An impactful run stopper across the past three season’s in Tuscaloosa as a rotational depth piece, Mathis has emerged as the Crimson Tide’s top interior pass rusher in 2021 to the tune of a by-far career-high nine sacks. Mathis, who is now the Alabama’s latest pass-rushing specialist at defensive tackle in a group that includes Quinnen Williams (in recent years) and Christian Barmore (in recent years), was awarded this honor.

Although Mathis will not be selected in the 2022 NFL Draft in the same manner as Williams, he is likely to be one the most intriguing and experienced players available on day two. This is similar to Barmore’s second round pick last year.

No matter where he’s selected, the senior defensive player has the experience and the SEC level to fill in for any NFL team in 2022. He will also continue his rise up the draft boards because of his remarkable pass rushing improvement in 2020.