Written By Jason Feiner
Seven months ago, we all witnessed an overtime victory fit for kings. Alabama took home their fifth title in the last nine years on the heels of benching their starting quarterback, Jalen Hurts, for unknown freshman Tua Tagovailoa. The Tide were down 13-0 at half and they needed a spark. Tua certainly delivered with four scoring drives in the second half including the game winning 41-yard strike to Devonta Smith.
The National Championship game displayed some of the best and most talented prospects in the country. It painted one hell of a story, and made the future of collegiate football that much more enjoyable. However, it also left us wondering. Twelve total athletes from Alabama and six from Georgia were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft, fourteen starters across both rosters were lost to the NFL.
Although that may seem like a lot, college football is a breeding ground, and the next man will always step up. Rookies selected in the 2018 draft have yet to step on the field for the regular season, and before they get the chance, the 2018 collegiate season will have been well underway. It is our chance to look into the next class of draft prospects set to make their mark on the collegiate field.
The current draft prospects are heavily favored on the defensive side of the ball, a large disparity when comparing last year’s group. Eleven of the top fifteen players come from the defensive side. Last year, four quarterbacks were placed inside of my top 15 collegiate prospects heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. This year, a total of four quarterbacks graces us with their presence on my top 50 list.
There is no doubt that these rankings will change as the season progresses, but each one of these players are in line for a big season and most should hear their name called during the 2019 NFL Draft. These are the top 50 players to watch as we kick off the 2018 collegiate season.