What We Learned In College Football Championship Week

Who’s Up?

Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson:  Wilkins was arguably the best player on the field Saturday night for the Tigers. Wilkins dominated down the stretch last season and Clemson hopes that he has two more big games ahead of him this year. People the size of Wilkins just are not supposed to move as well as Christian does. He has the ability and versatility to play anywhere across the defensive line. There are a lot of players with off-field concerns going into the draft but Wilkins is not one of them. Wilkins is a coach’s dream in and out of the huddle. Big number 42 had seven tackles, half a sack, one and half tackles for loss, and two passes blocked at the line Saturday in Clemson’s convincing win against the U.

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia:  Smith couldn’t have picked a better day to have his best game of the season. Roquan was a difference maker Saturday and made plays in every phase of the game on defense. Smith ends the game with 13 tackles, one sack, two tackles for loss, and two QB hurries. Oh, and one SEC Championship MVP award. There are probably four draft-eligible linebackers that have a legitimate claim to be the first of the position off the board this spring. Smith is certainly one of those guys and now gets the match-up against Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield that everyone in the country will tune in for.

I See You

Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State:  It has been a somewhat disappointing season for Campbell. Injuries and inconsistent play have kept Campbell out of the gameplan most weeks on offense. Campbell only had one catch on Saturday but it was a big one. Campbell snagged a short dump off, set his block up, and took it to the house for 57 yards by blowing by everyone at a crucial time of the game. Campbell is an electric player with the ball in his hands and it would not surprise me if he has a bigger role in Ohio State’s bowl game this year.

Who’s Down?

Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford:

Meeks has risen up very quickly on draft boards across the country. I have seen several mock drafts slotting him in the first two rounds as of late. To be honest, I have watched Meeks on a couple of occasions this year and I am not sure that the player matches the hype at this point. Meeks struggled Friday night on the biggest stage against USC. If Meeks declares for the draft he is going to need to have a big bowl game followed by a strong combine.

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