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Alabama vs. Notre Dame: Top NFL Prospects to Watch in BCS National Championship

SOUTH BEND, IN - NOVEMBER 17:  Manti T'eo #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs onto the field as part of 'senior introductions' before a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Notre Dame Stadium on November 17, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 38-0.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2013

Miami will be overrun with NFL prospects this week, as Alabama and Notre Dame will be in town for the BCS National Championship Game.

Both teams are obviously loaded with elite talent, from explosive offensive players to bone-rattling defenders. But while there will be NFL hopefuls running all over the field, a few players will rise above the rest by delivering brilliant performances.

Keep an eye on the following NFL prospects in Monday's championship battle.

 

Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

With his size, speed and natural instincts, Milliner has all the tools necessary to be a shutdown corner in the NFL. 

He's bigger than most corners at 6'1", 197 pounds, and he has the frame to add some more bulk if necessary. He is also great at breaking up jump balls, and although he's not an exceptional playmaker, he shows good timing when he does decide to jump routes.

Milliner has also played in plenty of big games, so you never have to worry about him shrinking under the spotlight. He will instantly improve any secondary in the NFL.

Draft range: top 10

 

Chance Warmack, OG, and Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

The two seniors have battled together in the trenches for so long that it just didn't feel right listing one without the other.

Both are almost guaranteed first-round picks, as their size and skill sets will be too attractive for teams to pass up.

Warmack is an elite run blocker thanks to his powerful upper body and ability to secure early position. He often drives defenders backward and levels linebackers when he pulls from the line. He's also an above-average pass protector, and his toughness is unparalleled.

Jones is similar in that his strength is run-blocking. He's absolutely massive (6'5", 302 pounds), and he is able to pick off defenders with his mobility and awareness. He can also play both guard positions, so his versatility will be an attractive asset for NFL teams.

Draft ranges: Warmack - top 15, Jones - late first round


Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

The Heisman finalist is also a guaranteed first-round pick because of his physical and mental strengths.

His maturity and passion for the game are well-documented, and his skills are certainly first-round quality. Te'o is big (6'1", 248 pounds) and has the speed to run down players sideline to sideline. He also has great natural instincts, which allow him to read and react quickly.

I don't think Te'o will be a superstar in the NFL, but he definitely has the makings of a longtime starter. He is a vocal leader, and with his high talent level and diverse skill set, his teammates will know that he is the real deal.

Draft range: top 15

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