With just a few short days to go before the 2022 NFL Draft kicks off in Las Vegas, many Crimson Tide prospects are preparing to hear their name called and find out where they will begin their professional careers. While Alabama lacks the typical amount of first round talent compared to years past, the players in this year's class all provide unique skillsets and could each develop into stars in their own rights.

From Evan Neal to Slade Bolden, here are some of the most likely landing spots for the Crimson Tide's draft prospects.

First Rounders

Evan Neal, LT

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Photo courtesy of @ENeal73 on Twitter

The 6-foot-7, 337 lb. behemoth known as Evan Neal is arguably the most polished prospect in this entire draft class. A three-year starter at Alabama, Neal played all across the line, but could be a team's franchise left tackle. For Neal, joining a team that can plug him into left tackle as a rookie would be the ideal fit, but any team that needs help on the either side of the offensive line will look to the Okeechobee native as a solution. Neal was projected for weeks to be the first overall selection this year, and has possibly more upside than the player that will be.

Landing spots: Houston Texans, New York Giants, Carolina Panthers, Seattle Seahawks

Jameson Williams, WR

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Jameson Williams is likely the fastest receiver in this year's draft and much of the NFL agrees despite the former Buckeye turned Crimson Tide legend not participating in this year's combine due to a knee injury sustained in the national title game. Williams possesses an incredible blend of outright, straight-line speed as well as technically sound route running that makes him one of the most sought after players in this year's draft. Williams needs to be paired with a big armed quarterback that can deliver him the ball downfield, but does not necessarily need to be a number one option for a team.

Landing spots: New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers,  Kansas City Chiefs

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Christian Harris, LB


Christian Harris is a unique prospect in this class because he has many of the intangibles that make up a great NFL linebacker, but is a raw prospect that has a lot of developing to do. Having played wide receiver and defensive back in High School, Harris is fairly to the linebacker position and has tremendous upside with his freakish athleticism and speed. His best fit is likely a team where he will not be forced to start immediately but rather continue to learn the nuance of the position.

Landing spots: Detroit Lions, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Commanders, New England Patriots

John Metchie III, WR

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Crimson Tide Photos / UA Athletics

John Metchie is another interesting prospect in this year's class because, like Williams, he suffered a severe knee injury late in his final season at Alabama and is still recovering. Had it not been for the injury and an incredibly stacked crop of wideouts in this year's draft class, the Ontario native's body of work at Alabama would have likely made him a first round selection. In three seasons, Metchie collected over 155 receptions for 2,081 yards and 14 touchdowns, proving his reliability as a target. While he lacks the outright speed of someone like Williams, Metchie makes up for it with a knack for finding the sticks and moving drives along.

Landing spots: Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots

Phidarian Mathis, DT

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Phidarian Mathis was one of college football's most productive defensive tackles last season, posting nine sacks in his senior year. The Louisiana native showed off some impressive pass rush skills in 2021, but was inconsistent at times, leading to some questions about him as a prospect. While the nine sacks were certainly impressive, especially from the defensive tackle position, it was more a result of offensive lines focusing on Will Anderson and Dallas Turner on many occasions. Mathis should join a team where he can work into the rotation as a rookie and eventually a starting role later.

Landing spots: Jacksonville Jaguars, Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs

Jalyn Armour-Davis, CB


Jalyn Armour-Davis, like Harris, has many of the intangibles necessary to play his position effectively but lacks polish and is just a raw prospect. Armour-Davis started only a single season at Alabama before declaring for the NFL Draft, so there is a lot of development left for the young defensive back. After an impressive pro-day the former four-star caught some potential early day two buzz, but has since cooled off and is viewed by most as third or fourth round selection. While his time in college left some to be desired, Armour-Davis has all the tools to develop into a quality starter and potentially a lock down NFL cornerback.

Landing spots: Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos

Brian Robinson, Jr., RB

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Brian Robinson, Jr. is yet another unique prospect because in his lone season as a starter, the Tuscaloosa native showed all the tools necessary to find success in the NFL, but will still slide down draft boards due to the sheer undervaluation of his position. That being said, Robinson has a chance to be one of the first few running backs selected in this year's draft and could find himself playing immediately for whatever teams selects him. Robinson showed at Alabama that he has the upside as a third-down back as well which will only make him more valuable in the modern NFL.

Landing spots: Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons, Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Rams

Late Rounders

Josh Jobe, CB


Josh Jobe played four seasons for Crimson Tide and was a regular starter for two of them. In his time in Tuscaloosa, the former four-star compiled 129 tackles, 19 PBUs and three interceptions, not to mention a few forced fumbles and a recovery. Though he showed flashes at Alabama, Jobe was unable to ever put it together for long stretches at a time and looks to be a hit or miss prospect. Many teams in the NFL need corners, but Jobe is a player that will unlikely be able to start immediately and would serve better as a depth piece in his rookie season, so he can continue to develop.

Landing spots: Los Angeles Rams, New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles

Christopher Allen, Edge

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Christopher Allen entered his last season at Alabama with high expectations but suffered a foot injury in week one that sidelined him for the rest of the season.  A former second team All-SEC member, Allen was solid for the Crimson Tide when healthy, but showed some weaknesses in his game that, when paired with injury history, lead to his falling down draft boards. The former fourth ranked linebacker in the nation could easily provide some solid depth for a team in its edge rusher rotation as well as possibly some reps on special teams.

Landing spots: Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys

Slade Bolden, WR

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Slade Bolden is a player that will likely only go to one team is he's drafted at all and that is the New England Patriots; however, there are some franchises that could use the reliable skillset of a player like the former Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year. Bolden has excellent hands and worked like a surgeon in short to intermediate routes while at Alabama. While he lacks the top-end speed or technically sound footwork, Bolden is a hard worker with a lot of experience that could work as a third or fourth receiving option for a team.

Landing spots: New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers

Undrafted Free Agents

Chris Owens, OL

Chris Owens played two years at center before moving our to right tackle for his final season with Alabama. As the right tackle in 2021, Owens struggled mightily all year, getting consistently beat by SEC defenders. While he has the size of an NFL offensive lineman, Owens seems to lack the skill of one as it stands and will likely go undrafted this weekend. While he will probably not be selected, expect a team to take a chance on Owens as an undrafted free agent.

Landing spots: Tennessee Titans, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks

Daniel Wright, DB

Daniel Wright was a starter for the Crimson Tide secondary in 2020, but was bumped down to a role within the rotation for his final season, 2021. From that role; however, Wright was still a major component of the Tide defense, finishing the year with 29 tackles, three PBUs and a quarterback pressure. Expect Wright to also go undrafted, but be picked up as a free agent by a team looking to take a chance on his upside.

Landing spots: Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers

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