Kiper answers 15 questions on Ohio State-Alabama: Where will Justin Fields, Mac Jones go in the NFL draft?

    Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.

With 2021 NFL draft prospects all over the field, I’m fired up for Ohio State-Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night (8 ET, ESPN and the ESPN app).

There’s Heisman Trophy winner Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith. There are two potential first-round quarterbacks in Ohio State’s Justin Fields — coming off a show-stopping six-touchdown game against Clemson — and Alabama’s Mac Jones. And there are great running backs, defensive backs and defensive linemen squaring off.

My pal Todd McShay had his early first-round mock draft on Thursday, so now it’s my turn to talk more about this draft class — here’s the order for the top 18 picks — starting with all of the talent in this game. Let’s answer 15 questions and break down the best prospects from the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide. Could Fields go No. 1 overall? How high could Jones go? Which team has the better running back? Here we go:

Is Justin Fields now in the conversation to be the No. 1 pick?

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