It’s SEC vs. SEC in the most controversial championship in recent years. Alabama and LSU are not only the two best teams this year they are the two most talented as well. This game could feature no fewer than five first round draft picks, with several going in the top ten, including potentially the best players at cornerback, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, safety, and running back. All eyes will be on Alabama tailback Trent Richardson, the premier offensive player in the game and one of the best overall running back prospects in several years. Defensively, Alabama boasts the nation’s number one defense led by linebackers Courtney Upshaw and Donte Hightower, safety Mark Barron and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. LSU, a deeper and younger team, features Morris Claiborne at cornerback and Reuben Randle at receiver. With a big game either of the Tigers defensive ends Barkevious Mingo or Sam Montgomery could also make the leap to the NFL.

LSU

Rnd Name Pos #Yr Comments
1stMorris ClaiborneCB173Jr
1-2Sam MontgomeryOLB993So
1-2Rueben RandleWR23JrTall, smooth fluid receiver that shows a lot of natural skill. More of a possession wide out and is prone to bouts of lost focus.
3rdAlex HurstT724Jr
3rdRussell ShepardWR103JrReliable pass catcher with homerun hitting speed and a threat to break games open anytime the ball is in his hands. Offers a tremendous amount of upside and could be an early pick if he continues to improve his game.
4-5Brandon TaylorS184SrTaylor does a nice job quarterback in the secondary.
6thKarnell HatcherS374SrDisciplined run defending safety that shows the ability to get outside the numbers and make plays to the flanks.
6-7Jordan JeffersonQB94SrBig armed quarterback that’s also a threat carrying the ball. Powers the ball through the tight spots and easily drives passes downfield. Must significantly improved his reads and overall pass placement.
7thKen AdamsOLB945SrTall, good-looking athlete that lines up at defensive end for LSU but projects to outside linebacker at the next level. Makes athletic plays on the field but has questionable instincts.
7thRyan BakerOLB224SrQuick, weak side linebacker prospect that easily makes plays sideline to sideline. Shows a good degree of suddenness in his game. Really struggles taking on blocks and gets caught up in the wash to easily.
7thLavar EdwardsDE894JrGood future prospect with nice size, athleticism and growth potential. Makes plays in every direction of the field. Should only get better in time.
FADeangelo PetersonTE194SrTall, thin college tight end that looks like a possession receiver. Easily moves about the field, gets into the secondary and a solid pass catcher that effortlessly makes the deep reception. Gives effort blocking yet lacks functional football strength.
FAMitch JosephTE834SrAdequate tight end prospect that can be the third man on the depth chart. Solid job as a pass catcher and blocker.
FAStefoin FrancoisS235Sr

Alabama

Rnd Name Pos #Yr Comments
1stTrent RichardsonRB33JrOutstanding running back with a complete game. Displays great vision, instincts as well as quickness. Has a burst through the hole, can cutback into the small openings and also runs with power. Good receiver out of the backfield that’s also used to return kicks. Big-time player for the next level.
1stDre KirkpatrickCB213JrPhysical, aggressive cornerback that opponents purposely stay away from. Offers a solid game and has a lot of upside.
3rdMark BarronS44SrPhysically aggressive safety that shows a complete game. Tough against the run and solid in coverage. Inefficient, takes improper angles to plays and all too often gets caught out of position. Big-time prospect that needs a big senior season.
3rdCourtney UpshawOLB415SrOne of the better 34 linebackers for next years draft. Fast up the field, can make plays laterally and rarely moved from the point of attack.
2-3Don’ta HightowerILB304JrTough, run defending two down linebacker that’s effective up the field or in the box. Can be a dominant force when he puts his mind to it yet at times seems as though he’s playing half speed and lacks general quickness in his game.
3rdRobert LesterS374Jrunderrated safety with a complete game. Physical and effective against the run also showing solid ball skills and the ability to make plays sideline to sideline. One of the top safeties in the nation.
2ndChance WarmackG654JrNice sized underclassmen that’s strong at the point of attack and effective blocking in motion.
2-3D.J. FlukerT763So
3rdJosh ChapmanDT995SrBig thumper in the middle of the blind that’s tough to move off the point. Strong and moves relatively well.
3rdBarrett JonesT754JrTerrific athlete that really needs to prove he can be a passer. Will enter the supplemental draft.
3rdDamion SquareDE924JrWorkmanlike defensive lineman that does not stand out in any single aspect yet does the little things well.
3rdMichael WilliamsTE894JrKing sized tight end that looks like an offensive tackle on the field. Tremendous blocker that does an admirable job catching the ball.
3rdNico JohnsonOLB353Jr
6thMarquis MazeWR45SrQuick, elusive receiver that also produces returning punts. Slot wide out that could be a good number four the next level.
6-7William VlachosC735SrFundamentally sound center that plays with great leverage, is effective in space and stands out with the shotgun snaps. Lacks great size and not a dominant blocker.
7thDeQuan MenzieCB244SrZone cornerback that shows a lot of quickness in his game.
FAJerrell HarrisOLB55Sr
FADarius HanksWR155SrAll receiver that can be a nice target. All too often body catches and drops too many throws.
FARobby GreenS235SrOne time highly rated prospect that was dismissed from the program earlier this year.