When the Washington Huskies and Alabama Crimson Tide take the field in Atlanta in the College Football Playoff, there will be a ton of NFL talent on the field. Bama has been producing pro football players by the bushel in the last decade, but don't sleep on the talent on the Huskies defense as well.
Player to watch - Alabama
- Reuben Foster - The Tide's dominant inside linebacker has recorded 94 tackles this season to go with four sacks, 12 tackles for loss and two passes defensed. Widely considered a first-round pick, Foster would likely immediately help the Redskins run defense and raise the overall level of play at linebacker. Pro Football Focus dubbed Foster 'the most complete linebacker' in college football. At 6-foot-1 and 236 lbs., he has the size and speed needed to play the next level. The biggest question for the 'Skins might be if a player like Foster lasts long enough to be drafted by the Burgundy and Gold. The Bama roster is so loaded there are plenty of other guys that could help the 'Skins, especially defensively. Strong safety Eddie Jackson is another name to watch in the Peach Bowl, as are OLB Tim Williams and DL Dalvin Tomlinson.
Player to watch - Washington
- Sidney Jones IV - Only a junior, it seems likely Jones will declare for the NFL Draft once the Huskies season ends, and for good reason. The 6-foot cornerback has shown a repeated ablity to make plays on the ball, as he has logged eigth interceptions in three seasons in Seattle and has elite speed. The Redskins might not have a first-round need at cornerback, and if they look deeper on the Washington roster, players like LB Joe Mathis or run-stuffer Vita Vea could make sense for Scot McCloughan.
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