LSU vs. Alabama: Top NFL Draft Prospects in BCS National Championship Game

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2012

LSU vs. Alabama: Top NFL Draft Prospects in BCS National Championship Game

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    The BCS National Championship Game is here, and it's finally time to see these two great teams meet this season—oh wait, well, I guess that angle is out. 

    With the rematch finally here, it's time to see the game of the century...again.

    Although the players' focus will be completely on the game itself, there are a lot of NFL prospects playing in this game.

    With LSU and Alabama loaded full of talent on both sides of the ball, these teams will likely fill up the first round and the subsequent rounds. 

    So, here are the top 10 prospects to watch out for on Monday night.

Sam Montgomery

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    Sam Montgomery is going to be a player to watch in this game. He has what it takes to take the game into his hands and really puts the pressure on the passing game, which is not Alabama's strength.

    Montgomery, who is a sophomore this season, is going to make some noise in the NFL. The defensive ends in the NFL are starting to get old, and he could be a part of the next wave of talent at that position.

    This season, Montgomery recorded 13 tackles for loss including nine sacks, which is great for such a young player.

    Montgomery could become a household name with a big performance in the title game. 

D.J. Fluker

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    D.J. Fluker is an offensive tackle for Alabama and has some serious potential.

    Fluker, who is a redshirt sophomore this season, is likely to return for his junior season, but he would more than likely be just fine leaving now, although his stock would drop.

    Fluker is 6'6", weighs 340 pounds and is in great shape.

    He has not only been instrumental in protection, but he has been a great run blocker. Just look at Alabama's running game; it has the big uglies to thank for that.  

Morris Claiborne

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    Wow, how did LSU not win a national title a season ago with all of these great cornerbacks? And Claiborne is just another in line.

    He is just a junior, but Claiborne is going to be starting on Sundays right out of the gate. 

    He has recorded six interceptions this season and is also very dangerous as a returner along with interceptions in the open field.

    Claiborne should have a long career in the NFL and will make some huge plays on Monday.  

Mark Barron

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    Although he won't get a lot of attention due to the overwhelming talent on the defensive side of the ball in this game, Mark Barron is going to be a stud in the NFL.

    Barron had two interceptions at the strong saftey position this season and will be a great fit and ready to play almost right away on Sundays.

    Although he isn't a household name, Barron could become one with a few big plays in this game. 

William Vlachos

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    Although William Vlachos isn't getting much attention in the draft category right now for some reason, this guy could be one of those late-round sleepers that goes onto a long, healthy career in the NFL.

    Vlachos, who is a senior this season, has started at center for the Crimson Tide for three seasons now and will be playing in his last game come Monday night.

    Vlachos will be a player in the NFL; his smaller size and quick feet will make a great center for an NFL team lacking depth on the line. 

Tyrann Mathieu

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    Although he is unlikely to enter the NFL draft this season, Tyrann Mathieu is a player and will be a top draft pick likely in 2013, barring injury or off-field issues.

    Mathieu is considered one of the most electrifying players in all of college football and took over the role of the great Patrick Peterson.

    With Mathieu's ability to score from anywhere on the field on defense, along with his elusive punt returning, this Heisman finalist will likely go to LSU for another season but is definitely going to be playing on Sundays eventually. 

Dre Kirkpatrick

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    Yet another defensive back on this list is junior Dre Kirkpatrick.

    Kirkpatrick is a speedy defensive back that can defend against elite receivers and has great size as well.

    Kirkpatrick is 6'2", which is the perfect size for a corner in the NFL.

    Whoever LSU decides to start at quarterback in this game, it's going to have to watch out for this kid, as he will be out for blood. 

Trent Richardson

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    Well, this one is really a no-brainer.

    Heisman finalist Trent Richardson still has a season of eligibility left but will likely enter this season.

    Richardson ran for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns this season and will be perfect for an NFL system.

    Richardson is going to be the premier running back this season in a draft that is lacking a lot of talent at that position.

    Look for Richardson to carry Alabama in the game against LSU.  

Dont'a Hightower

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    Dont'a Hightower is a great linebacker this is likely to provide some huge hits and big stops at the line of scrimmage.

    He has had a great season, recording 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks, along with an interception.

    Hightower is a prime time player and will definitely be making some noise in the Superdome. 

Courtney Upshaw

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    Upshaw is a premier player linebacker and will be one of the top picks of the upcoming draft.

    With his aggressive style and great season, Upshaw is surely to be a great pick in the NFL draft and will make a lot of fans happy on Sunday. 

Jordan Jefferson

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    Okay, this may sound strange, but Jefferson might actually be able to have a great career in the NFL.

    Although he isn't going to be taken very high and will have a lot to prove, Jefferson is large and fast enough to play receiver in the league.

    All it takes is a team to give the troubled QB a shot as he tries to end his career at LSU on a high note.