The book has closed on the 2011-12 NFL regular season, and the Chicago Bears are officially picking a No. 19 in the 2012 NFL Draft. There are still some college bowl games to be played in early January, culminating in the BCS National Championship game between the LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, so there are still prospects to keep an eye on. Looking at SB Nation's 2012 NFL Mock Draft, here are a few players to watch in the college championship game that might be available when the Bears pick.
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Dont'a Hightower, OLB, Alabama
Kirkpatrick is currently slotted at No. 9 overall, Upshaw is projected at No. 13, Barron at No. 18 and Hightower is listed at No. 24. For more on this game, visit Alabama blog Roll Bama Roll, LSU blog And The Valley Shook, SEC blog Team Speed Kills as well as SB Nation's college football news hub.
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