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  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Da'Ron Payne intend to enter 2018 NFL Draft

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    Thu, 11 Jan 2018

    an All-SEC First Team selection, took his game to a whole new level in the postseason. He was the Tide's hero in the Sugar Bowl , picking off a pass and catching a pass for a score. "Every scout I've talked to has a crush on Payne," NFL.com analyst

  2. Top 17 future NFL stars to watch in national championship game

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    Thu, 4 Jan 2018

    Clemson left tackle Mitch Hyatt in the Sugar Bowl . Even when Hyatt used his athleticism ..... defense kept him in check for most of the Sugar Bowl , limiting him to 77 yards on 19 carries ..... was a Payne in Clemson's neck in the Sugar Bowl . He made only two tackles, but he showed

  3. 8. Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

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    Thu, 4 Jan 2018

    Da'Ron was a Payne in Clemson's neck in the Sugar Bowl . He made only two tackles, but he showed nice hand-eye coordination to grab an interception, then rumbled for 21 yards. A few plays later, Alabama coaches lined Payne up in the backfield on a goal-line play, and then sent him out on a rub ...

  4. 10. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

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    Thu, 4 Jan 2018

    Harris has been the most reliable back for Alabama this season, although Clemson's defense kept him in check for most of the Sugar Bowl , limiting him to 77 yards on 19 carries and just 4 yards on 2 receptions. He must take some of the pressure off Jalen Hurts against Georgia, however, if the Tide ...

  5. 13. Da'Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama

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    Thu, 4 Jan 2018

    Things got out of Hand at times between the Tide's stout defensive end and Clemson left tackle Mitch Hyatt in the Sugar Bowl . Even when Hyatt used his athleticism to stay in front initially, it was fairly easy for Hand to disengage and break away for a secondary rush or to make a tackle. He had ...

  6. 17. Levi Wallace, CB, Alabama

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    Thu, 4 Jan 2018

    Wallace has put himself on NFL teams' radars this season. The former walk-on has more pass breakups in 2017 (15) than he had tackles in 2016 (11). The senior had six stops and two pass breakups for the Tide against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl , using his strength off the line of scrimmage to re-route ...

  7. Deshaun Watson

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    Tue, 2 Jan 2018

    Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson watches from the Clemson sideline at the Sugar Bowl semi-final playoff game against Alabama for the NCAA college football national championship, Monday, Jan. 1st, 2018 in New Orleans.

  8. Mack Wilson

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    Tue, 2 Jan 2018

    Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Mack Wilson (30) scores a touchdown ahead of Clemson Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant (2) during the third quarter in the 2018 Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Monday, Jan. 1st, 2018 in New Orleans.

  9. Damien Harris

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    Tue, 2 Jan 2018

    Alabama Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris (34) jumps over the pile during the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2018 Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Monday, Jan. 1st, 2018 in New Orleans.

  10. Jalen Hurts, Da'Ron Payne

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    Tue, 2 Jan 2018

    Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) and defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne (94) hoist the bowl trophy after defeating Clemson in the Sugar Bowl semi-final playoff game for the NCAA college football national championship, in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Alabama won 24-6 to advance to the national ...

  11. Da'Ron Payne

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    Tue, 2 Jan 2018

    Alabama defensive lineman Da'Ron Payne (94) celebrates after being selected most valuable defensive player, after the Sugar Bowl semi-final playoff game against Clemson for the NCAA college football national championship, in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. Alabama won 24-6 to advance to the ...

  12. Scouting CFB title game: Things to watch in Alabama vs. Georgia

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    Tue, 2 Jan 2018

    The national championship game matchup is set, and it will be an all SEC affair. Alabama dominated against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl to advance to face Georgia, which slowed down Baker Mayfield in the Rose Bowl to win a double-overtime thriller. There

  13. 23. Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama Hyatt has the traits a top-notch offensive tackle should have, including size, athleticism, and intelligence. He is fluid in his slide, hits second-level targets with ease, and is willing to finish blocks, as well. Jonathan Allen's superior upper-body strength caused ...

  14. 21. Kelly Bryant, QB, Clemson

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama Bryant has a chance to make a name for himself on a national level with a great performance against Alabama in a national semifinal. He's an athletic player who can run for big chunks of yards when needed, but he's also grown as a passer this year, placing throws in ...

  15. 19. Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Clemson Harris' all-around game has been on display all season. He's a fine runner, of course, able to find creases, run through contact, and use straight-line speed to create nightmares for opposing defenses. Harris can also make plays as a receiver, lead blocker, and pass ...

  16. Top 25 future NFL stars to watch in New Year's Day bowl games

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    23. Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama Hyatt has the traits a top ..... Kelly Bryant, QB, Clemson Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama Bryant has a chance to make ..... Damien Harris, RB, Alabama Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Clemson Harris' all-around game

  17. 15. Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama This sophomore plays like a full-grown man inside, using his powerful legs and long arms to move his blocker backwards on a regular basis. Alabama's interior line is strong, however, so Lawrence will have to keep his hands active to grab either QB Jalen Hurts or 'Bama's ...

  18. 14. Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Clemson The Tide's passing game has been less than stellar this season, but Ridley's skill set is evident when the ball gets to him. He's managed just 50 yards on 11 catches vs. the Tigers in the past two national title games. Those numbers have to improve significantly if the ...

  19. 4. Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama Wilkins is the second of three Clemson defensive linemen on this list. He played outside against Alabama last season, but will be challenging the Tide's interior lineman from a tackle spot in most situations on New Year's Day. If Wilkins can take advantage of his length ...

  20. 2. Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Clemson Scouts not only appreciate Fitzpatrick's physical gifts, but also the fact that is the leader of the Crimson Tide's defense. Clemson will see him lining up deep, in the slot, and maybe outside if the correct situation arises. That versatility will be a boon to his draft ...

  21. 13. Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Clemson Nick Saban's defense ranks third in the country against the run, allowing 94 yards a game. Payne's a major reason for this, as he can eat blocks up front so the Tide's talented linebackers can make plays. He possesses the upper-body strength to disengage from blockers ...

  22. 11. Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Clemson It seems as though the ball is a magnet, and Harrison is steel. He had 10 tackles against the Tigers last year in a losing effort, and you know he'll be looking to create turnovers to ensure the final outcome is different in this contest. He has the ball skills to make ...

  23. 12. Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Clemson If Nick Saban wants to keep Clemson QB Kelly Bryant and RB Tavien Feaster in check, Evans needs to be a factor as a pass rusher and against the run. He possesses the athleticism to do so. He can attack gaps downhill and prevent Bryant from taking off under pressure to ...

  24. 10. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Clemson Williams moved from right tackle to left tackle for his sophomore campaign, and the transition appears to fit him well. He's been more fluid in his pass protection this season while maintaining his attitude in the run game. Williams' ability to reach targets in space is ...

  25. 3. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

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    Fri, 29 Dec 2017

    Game: Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama The Clemson-Alabama semifinal will include some of the best line-of-scrimmage battles we've seen all year. Ferrell might be the best of the bunch up front, but his ability to chase the quarterback, as well as any other ball carrier, will be tested going up against Tide ...

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