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Notes: College Football Championship offers many draft prospects for Lions

A taste of some National Championship previews from across the Lions blogosphere.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One - Alabama v Notre Dame Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images

The Detroit Lions may not have a general manager in place for April’s draft, in which they’ll hold the seventh overall pick. They may not have an offensive or defensive scheme in place, or a set plan for their quarterback situation in 2021 or beyond. They certainly haven’t decided on the fates of their own key free agents like Kenny Golladay or Romeo Okwara.

But that doesn’t mean Monday night’s National Championship Game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Alabama Crimson Tide brings any less intrigue for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.

As any college matchup between two of the undisputed best teams in the NCAA (sorry, Indiana), this game will feature plenty of tomorrow’s stars. And since I am not at all a draft expert—especially at this time of year—I will defer to some of the local beat on some of the players you should be checking out on Monday night.

First, MLive’s Benjamin Raven dropped a list of the top-10 prospects to watch, which includes Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith, who Todd McShay mocked to the Lions in his latest mock draft last week. Perhaps of more intrigue is Ohio State linebacker Pete Werner, who had one of the lowest completion percentages allowed in the Nation.

Erik Schlitt of Lions wire also dropped a thorough scouting report of the game, going position-by-position, noting the top prospects from each team. If you’re looking for a list of guys that aren’t just first-round talents, this is a highly-recommended read.

Finally, Dave Birkett six prospects the Lions should watch, including two front-seven defenders Detroit may have an eye on.

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