Alabama and Georgia as set to square off in the SEC title game December 1 at 4:00 p.m. ET on CBS. This game will carry national title implications with Alabama and Georgia battling for the No. 2 position in the BCS.
Ending the season with a shot at the national title is a tough task to achieve. It takes great coaching, but a team must also field great players. Both teams are doing so this season with a number of NFL Draft prospects roaming the sidelines.
Here is a look at the top five draft prospects for both the Tide and Bulldogs. These 10 guys will be the names to watch in this Saturday's title game.
Jarvis Jones has been a force on the Georgia defense for the past two seasons. His first year with the team as an eligible participant was in 2011—he transferred from Southern Cal in 2010—when he earned first team All-American honors.
Last season Jones finished with 70 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks. He finished the season as the SEC sack leader.
This year he has 71 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He has accumulated his staggering numbers despite missing two games with injury this fall.
CBS Sports has Jones listed as the No. 1 outside linebacker for the 2013 draft.
Bacarri Rambo started the season suspended because of a preseason arrest, but he has since returned to all-star form in the secondary for the Bulldogs.
Rambo has 59 total tackles and three interceptions after only appearing in eight games for the Bulldogs.
Throughout his career he has been a major impact player for Georgia, totaling 16 interceptions in his career. In 2011 he snagged eight from opposing quarterbacks.
Discipline issues will be a concern, but his level of play lands him as the No. 3 free safety in this year’s draft according to NFL Draft Scout.
John Jenkins came to Georgia as a JUCO transfer and has been filling space along the defensive line for two consecutive seasons.
He has accounted for 44 tackles this fall, and finished the 2011 season with 28 total tackles and three sacks.
While his numbers don’t jump off the page, his gap-filling play explodes on the field. He will be a force in the NFL next season and his projected first-round selection builds on that expectation.
Mel Kiper has him as the No. 22 player on his most recent NFL Draft Big Board.
Abry Jones was an elite pass-rusher for the Bulldogs before falling to an ankle injury earlier this season that required season ending surgery.
Before the injury he had accounted for 17 total tackles and four quarterback hurries in seven games. In 2011 he finished with 48 total tackles, seven tackles for loss and four sacks. Jones has been a major part of Georgia’s defensive rise in the past few seasons.
Tavarres King has quietly worked his way into a strong senior season for the Bulldogs, catching 34 passes for 704 yards and eight touchdowns. He has been a consistent threat in the past, but this year he has rocketed up draft boards.
King has two games this season with over 100 yards, and has eight games with multiple catches. Any NFL team looking for a steady target would land a great prospect in King.
Throughout his career at Georgia he has caught 128 passes for 2,356 yards and 20 touchdowns. NFL Draft Scout lists him as the No. 19 receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft class.
Barrett Jones has been quite the journeyman offensive lineman for the Crimson Tide during his tenure.
Jones has played left tackle, guard and center for Alabama. He has shown versatility and adaptability in his career which will help him land on an NFL roster this coming spring.
Guard is the likely future position for Jones, and he is ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard for the 2013 NFL Draft according to NFL Draft Scout.
Robert Lester came to Alabama as a little-known 3-star recruit from Foley High School in Alabama. Since arriving on the Capstone, Lester has started three consecutive years and is known as the “General” of the Alabama defense this season.
Lester has 34 tackles and four interceptions to his credit so far in 2012, adding to his strong 2011 campaign where he finished with 39 total tackles and two interceptions.
This year solidified Lester among the nation’s elite at safety. He is the No. 1 strong safety in the 2013 Draft according to NFL Draft Scout.
Jesse Williams is an international sensation for the Crimson Tide hailing from Australia. Williams came to Alabama as a JUCO transfer from Arizona Western College prior to the 2011 season.
Since landing in Tuscaloosa he has become a stalwart for the Alabama defense front. He plays the critical nose guard position for the 'Bama 3-4 defense and constantly draws two blockers to the center of the defense.
Williams has accounted for 33 tackles and one sack so far this fall. His stats may not be alluring, but his impact play is impossible to ignore. He is ranked as the No. 2 defensive tackle for the 2013 Draft according to NFL Draft Scout.
Michael Williams is a silent assassin for the Alabama offense. He doesn’t carry gaudy stats—he has 19 catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns—but he is a key contributor for the Crimson Tide attack.
Williams has caught 46 passes for 481 yards and six touchdowns during his career.
Any team looking for a big-bodied tight end would do right to sign Williams as soon as possible in the 2013 Draft. His stock is high and he won’t be on the board for long.
He is ranked as the No. 5 tight end in the Draft according to NFL Draft Scout.
Nico Johnson has been a consistent contributor for Alabama since his freshman year. In four seasons he has become one of the elite defenders in the Crimson Tide defense.
Johnson has accounted for 52 tackles this fall and has forced two fumbles.
In the past four seasons Johnson has accounted for 159 tackles. According to NFL Draft Scout, Johnson is the No. 2 inside linebacker in the 2013 NFL Draft.