Notre Dame vs. Alabama: NFL Draft Stocks That Were Impacted by BCS Title Game
Monday's BCS National Championship Game might have been an embarrassment of a game, but both Alabama and Notre Dame had players whose NFL draft stocks were on the line.
Following the Crimson Tide's shellacking of the Fighting Irish, let's take a look at which draft stocks were impacted the most.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama: Stock Up
We didn't expect Lacy to tear apart Notre Dame's defense like he did, but the Fighting Irish had problems bringing down Alabama's featured back.
Rushing for 140 yards and a score on 20 carries, Lacy proved too big, quick and dominant to be stopped by Notre Dame. He also caught two passes for 17 yards and another touchdown.
In fact, Lacy was so dominant that he was brought down at the line of scrimmage or behind it only twice all game. He was running all over the Irish and if the team had kept using him, he could have easily racked up over 200 yards against the "best" defense in the country.
Theo Riddick, RB, Notre Dame: Stock Down
The title game was not as kind to another running back, as Riddick may have cost himself the chance to be drafted at all on Monday.
Riddick was a fringe seventh-round guy heading into the game and it looked like he would need a solid performance to be drafted. However, he failed to do much of anything, recording the fewest yards from scrimmage in a game in which he had at least 10 touches all season.
His 37 rushing yards on 10 carries and six receiving yards on a lone reception culminated in possibly the worst showing we've seen from Riddick.
While Alabama's defense is tough to beat, he still should have put up decent numbers against it. Instead, he played poorly and likely will not be drafted.
Chance Warmack, LG, Alabama: Stock Up
Alabama was unstoppable on the ground against Notre Dame, rushing for 265 yards on 45 carries (5.9 yards per carry), and a big reason why was the play of Warmack.
The Crimson Tide were aided by their outstanding offensive line all night, but the best performance came from Warmack, who created an air-tight seal on the left side.
Alabama ran right up the middle without a problem as a result of Warmack's effort and he showed why he could go in the middle of the first round on Monday.
A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama: Stock Up
If his 25-2 record as a starter in college wasn't good enough for you, McCarron showed just how much he has improved over the last year or so.
He completed 20-of-28 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns while not throwing a single interception. McCarron finished with a rating of 197.8, which is his highest of the season in games in which he threw at least 25 passes.
McCarron made great decisions and executed well. He had an excellent game and his draft stock for the 2014 NFL Draft is going way up.
Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame: Stock Down
It was a rough night for Manti Te'o.
Alabama's offense proved to be more than Notre Dame's star linebacker and Heisman finalist could handle. Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon ran all over Notre Dame, and that included Te'o.
Finishing with 3 solo tackles (zero for loss), he struggled to make his normal impact, and he was part of why the team gave up 42 points.
Te'o looked like an early-to-mid first-rounder, but now we will have to wait and see if any team reaches for him, or if he falls to the later part of the first.
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