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Strength on strength: Alabama WRs vs. LSU’s DBs


Saturday’s matchup between No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama features close to 30 draft-eligible players who should, at the very least, make an NFL roster or practice squad next season.

Among the most-watched battles will be LSU’s highly touted secondary squaring off against Alabama’s elite wide receiver group.

Some of those draft-eligible players include:

  • LSU: Safety Grant Delpit, the highest-rated safety, CB Kristian Fulton, one of the highest-rated cornerbacks, and Kary Vincent.
  • Alabama: WRs Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III and DeVonta Smith. Jeudy and Ruggs are considered Day 1 picks, while Smith is likely a Day 2 pick at this point but could rise up draft boards.

This doesn’t even include LSU super freshman cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. or talented Alabama sophomore wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, as both won’t be eligible for the 2020 NFL draft.

Pro Football Focus has taken notice, highlighting that matchup in a preview of the upcoming game.

“Inside this matchup is an interesting battle between the ‘Bama receivers and their success on in-breaking routes against the LSU secondary’s relative lack thereof success,” PFF writes, adding that LSU has allowed six TDs and 376 yards on in-breaking routes.

“… Keeping them from success after the catch overall is crucial for LSU but especially on those in-breaking route concepts.”

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