Saturday delivers the biggest game of the season as No. 2 LSU travels to Tuscaloosa to take on No. 3 Alabama. If you want to see the future of the NHL, this is the game to watch. This game is loaded not just with NFL prospects, but high-end prospects.
Most eyes will be on the quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow. For the Redskins and Ravens, however, they both have quarterbacks. Luckily for fans, there are several other prospects to see in this game at other positions who will be playing in the NFL next season.
Here are the five players Redskins and Ravens fans should be watching Saturday in Alabama vs. LSU.
WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
Henry Ruggs, Justin Jefferson and DeVonta Smith are all top receiver prospects, but Jeudy is the best of the bunch as the top receiving prospect in the nation. He looks like the next great Alabama receiver with 52 catches, 682 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He is incredibly fast with breakaway speed which he uses well with his quick feet and exquisite route running. He is a game-changing receiver who can get open and break off big plays.
Don't be surprised if Jeudy's stock goes down at the combine. He is not the biggest receiver and could use some more muscle. There will be those who downgrade him because of his size and because of durability concerns in the NFL. That, however, is foolish. This guy is going to be a great receiver who could upgrade any offense he's in.
Jeudy is not going to be available where the Ravens pick, but he should be for the Redskins. Just imagine a Jeudy, Terry McLaurin receiving duo. Yes, please.
S Grant Delpit, LSU
Safety will not be the biggest need for either the Redskins or Ravens, but Grant Delpit is the caliber of player to make you reconsider your future at the position. Easily the best safety in the draft, Delpit excels in deep coverage and can cover a lot of ground in the pass defense. Delpit hauled in six interceptions in his first six seasons and was a unanimous All-American last year.
As good as he is in deep coverage, he is also tremendous coming downhill and snuffing out the run or blitzing in limited situations. He is someone offenses will have to know where he is on the field at all times.
DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama
If the Ravens are looking to upgrade their interior defensive line, the 6-foot-7, 305-pound Raekwon Davis should be a target. Arguably the most important job of a defensive tackle is gap defending. You have to plug up the middle of the line. Davis is brilliant at maintaining his gap and forcing the ball away. He also has good burst off the line and more acceleration than you would anticipate for a player of his size. If you dial up a play for him to rush the quarterback, he is going to get through whatever the offensive line puts in front of him or he is going to take a double team which, again, goes to gap control. When you have two offensive linemen and a giant tackle battling right where you want your running back to go, that makes it difficult to run the football.
CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
Like receivers, this game boasts several first and second-round cornerback prospects, but let's go with the name most Redskins and Ravens fans will recognize.
Diggs, a native of Maryland, converted from wide receiver to cornerback in his sophomore year. He was previously the punt and kick returner for the Tide showing off his tremendous athleticism and speed. He is great at finding the ball in the air and diagnosing when to jump to get his hand to it at the highest point. Diggs can sometimes give up space when transitioning from the back-pedal, but he has shown great ability to close gaps, especially when the ball is in the air and the receiver has to readjust to it. Diggs can close that gap, then beat his receiver to the ball and force the incompletion.
Edge Terrell Lewis, Alabama
Lewis is one of the best edge rushers in the nation and also one of the most fun to watch because of how frantic it all looks. Disruption is definitely his game. He has good burst to build momentum which he uses to his advantage. He is not afraid to fight off blocks as well as shed them. He is an explosive player who is hard to battle against every single play.
Lewis needs to refine his skills as the way he sheds blocks is more frantic than technical as he just throws whatever moves he can think of at his blockers. He can get away with that in college, but in the NFL he needs to know when and how to use whatever tools are in his arsenal to shed a blocker instead of just making it up as he goes along.
Other potential NFL prospects to watch:
WR Dee Anderson, LSU
QB Joe Burrow, LSU
DB Shyheim Carter, Alabama
Edge K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama
OLB Michael Divinity, LSU
CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
RB Najee Harris, Alabama
WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
OLB Anfernee Jennings, Alabama
DT Rashard Lawrence, LSU
OL Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
G Damien Lewis, LSU
CB Xavier McKinney, Alabama
LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
DT LaBryan Ray, Alabama
WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
OT Jedrick Wills, Alabama
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