Alabama/Notre Dame: Alabama WR DeVonta Smith brought in 7 passes for 130 yards 3TDs on Friday against Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl; Alabama RB Najee Harris ran for 125 yards on 15 carries with 4 catches for 30 yards in the contest; Alabama QB Mac Jones completed 26-of-31 passes for 303 yards with 4TDs; Ohio State RB Trey Sermon carried the ball 31 times for 193 yards with 1TD and caught 4 passes for 61 yards in the game.
Ohio State/Clemson: Ohio State QB Justin Fields completed 22-of-28 passes for 385 yards with 6TDs and 1INT in a win over Clemson on Friday during the Sugar Bowl; Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence completed 33-of-48 passes for 400 yards with 2TDs and 1INT; Travis Etienne ran for 32 yards and 1TD, adding 4 receptions for 64 yards; Ohio State RB Trey Sermon carried the ball 31 times for 193 yards and 1TD (4/61 receiving).
FANTASY/DYNASTY TAKE: These QBs, from a fantasy perspective, will get interesting in the coming weeks. I still think Trevor Lawrence is the real deal and can be top 5-10 material in the NFL within a few short years; Justin Fields I still am unsure about. While Najee Harris had a solid day, it wasn’t the kind of outing that DeVonta Smith had, though. Smith’s insane 3-TD performance only cements-in my thinking that he is going to be a top 10WR at the NFL level. In the right spot, he can be as good as anyone in the NFL. Landing spot will be key for him; I think he survives and develops anywhere, but the speed at which he progresses will surely be setup by his landing spot. Harris and Etienne both have top 10RB upside in the NFL in the right spots; Harris is more situation-proof, while Etienne has more upside if in the perfect spot. This makes it really tough to evaluate both rushers without knowing the landing spots. For now, Harris gets the nod, especially coming off a so-so game out of Etienne in the Sugar Bowl. You want my honest knee-jerk reaction coming out of yesterday’s bowl games? This might sound crazy, and again it’s knee-jerk… but, I am starting to like both Smith and Ja’Marr Chase for the 1.01 and 1.02 in early rookie-only mock drafting. Crazy? Debate this below! Side note: Where do we rank Trey Sermon after 193 yards in yesterday’s bowl game and 300+ yards the game prior to that? Debate his place in the rookie rankings – drop a comment below!