2013 BCS Championship Game: Eddie Lacy, Jesse Williams headline Alabama draft prospects

Kevin C. Cox

The biggest game of the college season is over, and there was plenty of draft prospects hoping to make an impression. We take a look at the big names and their potential status for April.

The Alabama Crimson Tide rolled over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BCS Championship Game on Monday night, cruising to a 42-14 victory. There was plenty of intrigue, pomp and circumstance surrounding the game already, but it was also a big night for draft junkies looking for the next generation of NFL talent. There were plenty young players hoping to impress NFL scouts on college football's biggest stage and get their name called in April.


More: Notre Dame draft stock report


Let's take a look at the biggest names on Alabama's side.

Chance Warmack - Offensive Guard

A mountain at 6'2 and 323 pounds, Warmack is possibly the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson. He's a relentless mauler, the best run blocker in the country. There is room for improvement in pass protection, but he rarely gets beat and more than holds his own. One of the most pro-ready linemen in years, he will get drafted high and start immediately. There are very few holes in his game.

Projected draft spot: Top 10-15

Compares to: Carl Nicks

Draft Stock Status: Up

Chance Warmack was the most dominant player on the field during the BCS Championship Game. He showed outstanding power and consistently opened up huge running lanes for Eddie Lacy. Warmack also showed the athleticism and body control to get to the next level and take Manti Te'o out of a handful of plays.

Eddie Lacy - Running Back (Junior)

Lacy stepped right into Trent Richardson's shoes and the Alabama running game barely skipped a beat. He racked up 1,182 yards and 16 touchdowns on 6.4 YPC. In a down year for running backs, Lacy could sneak into the first round if he declares. That's a big "if," however -- the junior told ESPN that his decision will come down to what his parents decide. What a sweet boy.

Projected draft spot: Second round

Compares to: Cedric Benson

Draft Stock Status: Up

Lacy continued his productive end to the season in the National Championship, ripping through the Notre Dame defense for 140 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries.

Here's a little sampling of Lacy's power from Monday's game.

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Dee Milliner - Cornerback

One of the top defensive back prospects in the country, Milliner is an aggressive corner who gives receivers fits in man coverage. That aggression may need to be toned down a bit with the NFL's more stringent rules on defensive contact, but Milliner still excels at ball skills and run support. He should have little trouble adjusting to the pro game.

Projected draft spot: Top 10-20

Compares to: Leon Hall

Draft Stock Status: Up

Dee Milliner was targeted early and often on Monday night, and the top-ranked corner rose to the occasion. Milliner displayed all of the traits that make him such a highly regarded prospect. He is a physical player with outstanding ball skills. Milliner solidified himself as the best cornerback in this draft class in the BCS Championship Game.

At the start of the second half in Monday's game, Milliner and safety HaHa Clinton-Dix combined for a hopes-crushing interception. Milliner had DaVaris Daniels blanketed in man coverage and reached up and over Daniels to break up the pass while the safety rolls in for a pretty amazing catch.

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Jesse Williams - Defensive Tackle

Williams has been floating under the radar somewhat in a strong DT class, but his stock is steadily rising and he should be an easy first-round pick when all is said and done. A rock in the middle, Williams is capable of occupying multiple blockers and freeing up his linebackers. His pass rushing has room for improvement, but he provides consistent interior pressure. The upside here is tremendous.

Projected draft spot: First round

Compares to: Sione Pouha

Draft Stock Status: Up

Jesse Williams was his usual immovable self during the BCS Championship Game.

D.J. Fluker - Offensive Tackle

Fluker's run blocking is outstanding, showing incredible strength. It's his pass protection that really needs improvement. Fluker struggles against speed rushers and has trouble with his lateral movement. With the NFL moving more toward specialty edge rushers like Aldon Smith, Fluker will have to pick things up if he wants to stick at the tackle position.

Projected draft spot: Second or third round

Compares to: Phil Loadholt

Draft Stock Status: Stable

D.J. Fluker looked like the player he has all season long. He excels against the run but doesn't impress in pass protection. Fluker will have to stick at right tackle in the NFL, because he doesn't have the quickness to play on the left side.

Barrett Jones - Center

Jones rounds out the best Alabama O-line in years. He played at center in 2012 after previous stints at guard and tackle. Scouts will certainly love that versatility. He's been solid at the center position, but also has the strength to play OG and athleticism for OT. He's one of the most interesting lineman prospects this year.

Projected draft spot: First or second round

Compares to: Peter Konz

Draft Stock Status: Stable

Barrett Jones showed everything most have already seen from him. His technique and quickness are both on an elite level. His power, however, leaves a little to be desired. Still, Jones has proven to be a smart player and great leader on the offensive line. He should be a first-round pick in April.

Fans got a little taste of Jones' intensity, and ability to sling a quarterback, in the fourth quarter when quarterback A.J. McCarron wanted the snap, but got a delay of game penalty. The two were later seen hugging it out on the sidelines, joking about it after the game.

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Other Names to Watch

Nico Johnson -- inside linebacker

Kevin Norwood -- wide receiver

Anthony Steen -- offensive guard

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