A year ago, Jameson Williams was mostly on the bench for Ohio State, but now he is soaring as one of the top wide receiver prospects for the 2022 NFL Draft. LSU managed to shut down the Alabama ground offense over the weekend, Williams carried the Crimson Tide offense with 10 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown. Without his huge game, Alabama probably would have lost.
Early in the third quarter, Williams showed his game-breaking speed by running a deep post route and getting wide open for Bryce Young to hit him on the run. Williams coasted into the end zone for the 58-yard touchdown. Midway through the fourth quarter, Williams juked a corner after a short catch, and he darted for a first down that was huge in helping Alabama to run the clock out.
The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Williams has quality height and explosive speed alongside suddenness and a burst that catches defensive backs by surprise. He has put himself in contention to be a late first-round or early second-round pick to be a 2022 NFL Draft.
This game was a good test for Crimson Tide left tackle Evan Neal because Tigers sophomore speed rusher B.J. Ojulari has been one of the best quarterback hunters in the SEC this season. Overall, Neal stepped up with a quality outing. Late in the second quarter, Neal moved his defender to open space at the goal line for running back Brian Robinson to dive into the end zone from a few yards out.
Similar to how the team played against Florida, Alabama offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien helped Neal with some of the blocking schemes the offense called and quick passes. Neal often blocked to the inside with some others helping off the left side. Neal did make some nice blocks on Ojulari, using his size and length to force Ojulari to take longer to get around him.
Neal is a monster of a tackle who has received a ton of media hype. Some NFL scouts, however, think his massive size leads to him not having left tackle feet and he would be a better fit on the right side in the NFL. Regardless, Neal looks like a top-16 pick next April.
While this is a lost year for the LSU program with the coaching staff getting fired, some players have continued to play hard and show they have NFL talent. Leading among them is linebacker Damone Clark. No. 18 entered the game as the nation's leader in tackles per game, and he was coming off a 19-tackle game versus Ole Miss. Clark continued his impressive season versus Alabama.
In the second quarter on a third-and-short, Clark fired through the line to get a tackle for no gain and force a fourth down that was stopped. Shortly later before the half, Clark made an excellent goal-line tackle, wrapping up and bringing down Brian Robinson short of the end zone. Clark did a phenomenal job of shutting down the Alabama ground offense and was a big reason that Robinson was held to only 18 yards on 13 carries.
Clark is fast, instinctive and athletic, plus reads his keys well to get in position to make tackles. Right now, Clark looks like a second-round or early third-round pick, at the lowest, in the 2022 NFL Draft.