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Watching 8 NFL Draft Prospects in the College Football Playoff National Championship

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The final night of college football has the potential to be the most exciting yet. The high-powered offense of the Washington Huskies will go head to head against Michigan’s physical defense in a battle of undefeated teams. Numerous NFL draft prospects will be making their final statement tonight before preparing for the combine. Here are some players to keep an eye on.

Washington Huskies

Rome Odunze, Wide Receiver: Rome Odunze is the standout player of the Washington Huskies offense. So much of their success can be attributed to Odunze’s exceptional ability to stretch the field and make catches behind opposing defenses. This season, he has been averaging nearly 18 yards per reception. Odunze’s playing style will face a significant challenge in the form of the Michigan defense. Wolverine cornerbacks are athletic and physical, unafraid to challenge Odunze at the point of the catch. This game will be a critical proving ground for Odunze to demonstrate that he can win physical battles against more pro-ready cornerbacks.

Michael Penix Jr., Quarterback: Despite draft concerns, there is no doubt that Michael Penix Jr. is a truly exceptional quarterback in the college football scene. He has led the Washington team exceptionally well this year, particularly in their toughest games to secure a spot in the championship game. Penix’s performance tonight will play a significant role in solidifying his draft stock. A standout performance against the top defense in the nation could alleviate many concerns, while faltering in this spotlight will magnify them.

Troy Fautanu, Tackle: Keeping Michael Penix clean has been essential to the Huskies’ offensive prowess. Troy Fautanu, a physical and formidable blocker on the edge of the Washington offensive line, is tasked with protecting Penix. While Fautanu’s size leans more toward playing guard in the NFL, he possesses the athleticism to remain a tackle. Michigan will present a challenge to Fautanu and the rest of the Washington blockers with a talented, deep defensive line and intricate blitzes and twists to keep them on their toes.

Bralen Trice, Edge Defender: Bralen Trice stands out as the top defender on the Washington team. He is a versatile lineman capable of causing disruption from various positions on the defensive front. The Washington coaching staff will likely rely on Trice to create mismatches and make impactful plays against the physical and formidable Michigan offensive line.

Michigan Wolverines

Roman Wilson, Wide Receiver: In the event that this game turns into a high-scoring affair, Roman Wilson has the potential to shine for the Wolverines. While Michigan’s offense is not typically flashy, Wilson has the ability to provide the spark. He is a speedy pass catcher capable of making significant plays after the catch.

Blake Corum, Running Back: Coming off an outstanding game against Alabama, where he was able to score both as a rusher and receiver, Blake Corum has been responsible for many of Michigan’s top offensive plays. His performance against Alabama assuaged some concerns about his NFL potential. He displayed decisiveness, exceptional vision, and a tough running style. While concerns about overall athleticism are valid, Corum’s cerebral approach to the game compensates for any shortcomings. The championship game will provide Corum with a final opportunity to showcase his full skill set and etch his name in Michigan’s history books.

Jaylen Harrell, Edge Defender: A potent pass rush will be crucial for Michigan to culminate their dream season with a national title. Putting pressure on Michael Penix for the duration of the game will be vital, and Jaylen Harrell is Michigan’s pass rush specialist. He will face a significant challenge given Washington’s talent along the offensive line, offering him an opportunity to excel against top-tier talent.

Mike Sainristil, Cornerback: Mike Sainristil presents an intriguing prospect at the cornerback position. A former wide receiver, he has the athletic gifts and ball skills to thrive in his new position, despite being undersized and somewhat raw. Washington has an impressive lineup of wide receivers, meaning Sainristil will have meaningful matchups to present to NFL teams.

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