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2024 College Football National Championship prospects to watch

The Buffalo Bills are playoff-minded, yes — but there’s plenty of reason to pay attention to several players in tonight’s College Football Championship

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Tonight’s College Football National Championship game pits the No.1-ranked Michigan Wolverines (2023 Rose Bowl champions) against the No. 2-ranked Washington Huskies (2023 Sugar Bowl champions).

With so many teams, conferences, divisions, and more, it can sometimes be confusing following as each college football season unfolds. That means, potentially missing out on players set to become draft-eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft cycle.

Tonight’s kickoff between Michigan and Washington at Houston’s NRG Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. EST on ESPN.

So who might you want to play close attention to this evening? Here are a few names...


Michigan Wolverines players who may draw interest from the Buffalo Bills

  • Zak Zinter, G (6’6”, 322 pounds / Senior)
  • Rod Moore, S (6’, 198 pounds / Junior)
    2023 season stats: 19 solo tackles, 2 INTs, 3 pass defenses
  • Roman Wilson, WR (6’, 192 pounds / Senior)
    2023 season stats: 45 receptions for 735 yards (16.3 ypc), 12 TDs
  • Kris Jenkins, DT (6’3”, 305 pounds / Senior)
    2023 season stats: 16 solo tackles, 2.5 sacks, 1 INT
  • Mike Sainristil, CB/Nickel (5’10”, 182 pounds / Senior)
    2023 stats: 20 solo tackles, 2 forced fumbles, 5 interceptions, 6 pass defenses

Washington Huskies players who may draw interest from Buffalo Bills

  • Rome Odunze, WR (6’3”, 215 pounds / Junior)
    2023 season stats: 87 receptions for 1,553 yards (17.9 ypc), 13 TDs
  • Ja’Lynn Polk, WR (6’2”, 204 pounds / Sophomore)
    2023 season stats: 65 receptions for 1,122 yards (17.3 ypc), 9 TDs
  • Bralen Trice, EDGE (6’4”, 274 pounds / Junior)
    2023 season stats: 28 solo tackles, 7 sacks, 1 forced fumble
  • Michael Penix, Jr., QB (6’3”, 213 pounds / Senior)
    336-of-504 (66.7%) for 4,648 yards (9.2 ypp), 35 TDs, 9 INTs (85.7 QBR)

It might seem strange to see Penix’s name on this list (and also highly unlikely), since the Buffalo Bills are set at quarterback Josh Allen. However, if Penix were to somehow fall down far enough in the draft due to injury concerns — say to Round 3 — perhaps general manager Brandon Beane finds reason to get a bit aggressive and solidify the team’s backup quarterback situation.