The College football Playoff Championship features the Oregon Ducks taking the Ohio State Buckeyes. With the new playoff now here, we'll probably never see two teams playing for the title that don't feature a wealth of NFL talent.
Well, that's kind of the case with Ohio State. Their young roster is loaded with guys who will be playing on Sundays, but not all of them are even draft-eligible yet. Guys like running back Ezekiel Elliott, defensive lineman Joey Bosa and quarterback J.T. Barrett (injured) won't even be eligible for another year, yet may be their best NFL prospects.
Still, the Buckeyes feature a number of players that will hear their names called during the 2015 NFL draft. The same can be said with Oregon, who may have the No. 1 overall pick this year in QB Marcus Mariota. Joining him in the draft will be much of his offensive line, including OT Jake Fischer and OC Hroniss Grasu.
Here's a look at the names you need to watch tonight that are eligible to be drafted this year:
Doran Grant, CB, Ohio State (senior)
Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State (junior)
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State (senior)
Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State (senior)
DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon (junior)
Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon (junior)
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon (senior)
Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon (senior)
Tony Washington, OLB, Oregon (senior)
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon (junior)
The player that will get the most hype is Mariota. The world is going to want to see how he handles this stage. Scouts are going to want to watch him stick in the pocket and make plays against a very impressive offensive front that OSU boasts. If Mariota can stand in the pocket and deliver down field while facing pressure, then his stock will rise.
Michael Bennett (OSU) will be facing Oregon center Hroniss Grasu in the trenches. Both of these players figure to be draft picks and will eventually be playing on Sunday's. The battle will show how each player performs when facing the top competition and will help the stock of the player who shines in this match-up.
Jake Fisher is a tackle that will probably be drafted and has eyes on him. He is going to face an incredible rusher in Joey Bosa for the Buckeyes and could improve his stock immensely with a great performance. Bosa is one of the premier ends in college football this year and it will be a tall order for Fisher to shut him down.
Lastly, the Buckeye's Devin Smith is a potential top few rounds draft pick. Shining tonight on the biggest stage in college football may be enough to put him in the conversation as a day one selection. He averaged 28 yds a catch this season so he has big play potential. A couple of those tonight will make him a hot topic for NFL teams that need receiving help.
And here's how to watch the game:
In addition to the main broadcast on ESPN, the network will offer several complimentary ways to consume the game:
Film Room (ESPN2): Analysts Chris Spielman and Tom Luginbill will discuss Xs and Os with Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, new Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi and new Nebraska coach Mike Riley.
ESPN Voices (ESPNU): Network personalities Jay Bilas, Aaron Boone, Julie Foudy, Barry Melrose, Mark Schlereth and Michael Wilbon will discuss the game.
Sounds of the Game (ESPN Classic): Coverage will couple ESPN's video with the natural sounds of the game that will be captured by the 100 microphones positioned throughout the stadium.
Home Team Radio (ESPN3): You can listen to the Oregon or Ohio State radio call while watching the game with isolated cameras on the team's head coach and marquee players.
Command Center (ESPN Goal Line): Commercial-free coverage will feature a full-time split screen application showing the live game action, along with immediate replays of every play and isolated camera feeds of both head coaches, enhanced statistics and the ESPN Radio broadcast call.
SpiderCam (ESPN3): Fans will be able to watch the entire game from the above stadium SpiderCam angle.
Taco Bell Student Section (ESPN3): Commercial-free option will feature cameras in the Taco Bell student sections (special sections created by Taco Bell that treat 500 students from each school to a VIP experience) and with the cheerleaders, bands and mascots of each team to showcase how the most enthusiastic fans in the building are living and dying with every play.
Data Center (ESPN3): Commercial-free coverage will include on-screen graphic content ranging from analytics, curated social media reaction and more.