9 potential Chargers prospects to watch in College Football Playoff title game

Gavino Borquez
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All eyes will be glued to the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship game, where the Alabama Crimson Tide takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

While many will be watching it for entertainment purposes, there will be plenty of NFL caliber talent on the field that are worth keeping an eye out for.

With that, here are nine players that the Los Angeles Chargers could be scouting tonight:

Alabama

CB Patrick Surtain

Voted a unanimous All-America selection and the SEC’s Defensive Player of the Year, Surtain has been lockdown, breaking up eight passes and picking off one which he took back to the end zone. Surtain is a long, smooth athlete who has impressive instincts and ball skills. He could polish up in the run game, but overall, he has the makeup of an All-Pro cornerback.

Projected Round: Top-15

WR DeVonta Smith

While Smith may not have the track-like speed, the 6-foot and 172 pounders plays with a well-rounded route tree, excellent footwork, and brings the separation tactics to thrive at the next level. Through four seasons, Smith has 3,750 yards and 43 touchdowns.

Projected Round: Top-15

WR Jaylen Waddle

Speed kills. Waddle, the 5-foot-10 and 182 pounder, is a pass-catcher with elite phone booth quicks and legitimate breakaway speed to threaten a defense vertically. He can line up all across the formation as well as serve as a return man. After missing the last seven games with a fractured ankle, Waddle is game-time decision.

Projected Round: 1st

OT Alex Leatherwood

Named the 2020 Outland Trophy winner, which is awarded to the best interior lineman in college football, Leatherwood, the 6-foot-5 and 313 pounder, made 47 starts for the Crimson Tide with 13 of them coming at right guard in 2018. Leatherwood is an excellent blindside blocker who possesses great size, length and physicality to grow into a very reliable tackle or guard at the next level.

Projected Round: 1st-2nd

CB Josh Jobe

Surtain is the No. 1 corner but opposite of him is another player who has proven to put the clamps on receivers. Jobe has good length and size at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, reactive athleticism and ball skills. He has 52 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and 11 passes defensed.

Projected Round: 3rd-4th

Ohio State

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OG Wyatt Davis

Davis, the 6-foot-2 and 313 pound guard is an impressive athlete for his size, with a stout anchor, very sound footwork and hip positioning. He flashes a nasty streak, finishing opponents to the ground and extending blocks through the whistle in the run game. With his tenacity, athleticism, flexibility, and technique, he can excel inside at the next level for many years down the road.

Projected Round: 1st

OC Josh Myers

If the Chargers move on from Dan Feeney, they will need to fill the void at center. Anchoring an offensive line that helped the Buckeyes average 266.8 rushing yards per game, Myers is an experienced run blocker who uses his hands very well. Myers has all the physical tools to be a solid starting center early in his career.

Projected Round: 2nd

CB Shaun Wade

It’s been a rough season for Wade after making the transition from slot to outside cornerback. He will have an opportunity to prove something to scouts one last time when lined up across from Alabama’s deadly weapons in Smith and Waddle. Wade has the tackling ability and reactive athleticism needed for the the next level, but needs to improve his true backpedal. If he doesn’t pan out on the outside, Wade could contribute as a nickel corner or safety.

Projected Round: 2nd-3rd

OT Thayer Munford

Munford has started 32 games in his Ohio State career, the most experienced offensive lineman on the team. This season, in 224 pass-block snaps, Munford only allowed two quarterback pressures. At 6-foot-5 and 315 pounds, Munford is a lengthy left tackle that possesses footwork, mirror and lateral-movement skills for the next level. He’s got work to do technically, but his upside is huge.

Projected Round: 3rd-4th