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NFL Draft: 2019 college football Week 11 recap

Are the Miami Dolphins trying to trade up for LSU's Joe Burrow?
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The college football slate this weekend had a little of everything; two top-four teams receive their first loss of the season, teams getting closer to clinching their respective divisions, plus plenty of 2020 NFL Draft news. We’re here to give you a recap of Week 11 of the 2019 college football season and the PFN Live Blog.

Every weekend, the Pro Football Network Draft Crew (Tony Pauline, Nick Farabaugh, AJ Schulte, and Matt Valdovinos) hosts a live blog from 11:30 AM – Midnight EST. This blog, led by Pauline, dives into insight, analysis, and inside information from around the college football world related to that weekend’s slate of games and the upcoming NFL Draft. 

Be sure to also tune into the PFN Draft Insiders Podcast with Andy Herman and Pauline, where they provide the latest inside information from around the NFL and NCAA.

LSU versus Alabama lived up to expectations and then some

Heading into Saturday, it was number two versus number three with two quarterbacks headlining the game who should each be drafted pretty early in the 2020 NFL Draft. Oh, and let’s not forget that this is a major rivalry in the SEC with the winner, in this case, LSU, be in a good position to land a spot in the playoffs assuming they win out, as well as a ton of other NFL quality prospects showcasing what they can do. Speaking of which, here is what Tony Pauline had to say on the talent in the game as well as the where players stood on his prospect board at the 3:35 PM update:

Here are the numbers on my prospect board:

      • 28 draftable players
      • 17 top 90 prospects
      • 10 potential 1st round picks

LSU vs Alabama

Grade Round Full Name School Pos Yr
4.30 1st Tua Tagovailoa Alabama QB 3Jr
4.26 1st Jerry Jeudy Alabama WR 3Jr
4.18 1st Grant Delpit LSU S 3Jr
4.12 1st Joe Burrow LSU QB 5Sr
4.11 1st Trevon Diggs Alabama CB 4Sr
4.05 1st Raekwon Davis Alabama DT 4Sr
4.01M 1st Dylan Moses Alabama ILB 3Jr
4.00 1-2 Alex Leatherwood Alabama T 3Jr
3.98 1-2 Kristian Fulton LSU CB 4Sr
3.95 1-2 Najee Harris Alabama RB 3Jr
3.89 2-3 Xavier McKinney Alabama S 3Jr
3.85 2nd Jedrick Wills Jr. Alabama T 3Jr
3.83 2nd Kary Vincent Jr. LSU CB 3Jr
3.82 3rd Jacob Phillips LSU OLB 3Jr
3.78 2-3 Anfernee Jennings Alabama OLB 5Sr
3.64 3rd Rashard Lawrence LSU DT 4Sr
3.64 3rd Henry Ruggs III Alabama WR 3Jr
3.62 4th Justin Jefferson LSU WR 3Jr
3.62 3rd Austin Deculus LSU T 3Jr
3.56 4th DeVonta Smith Alabama WR 3Jr
3.55M 4th Terrell Lewis Alabama OLB 4Jr
3.40 5th K’Lavon Chaisson LSU OLB 3So
3.40 5th Phidarian Mathis Alabama DT 3So
3.37 6th Damien Lewis LSU G 4Sr
3.35 5th JaCoby Stevens LSU S 3Jr
3.34 5th Clyde Edwards-Helaire LSU RB 3Jr
3.33 6th Shyheim Carter Alabama S 4Sr
3.30 6-7 Dee Anderson LSU WR 4Sr
3.25 FA Stephen Sullivan LSU WR 4Sr
3.21 FA Glen Logan LSU DE 4Jr
3.20 FA Michael Divinity LSU OLB 4Sr
3.20 FA Jared Mayden Alabama S 4Sr
3.05 FA Breiden Fehoko LSU DT 5Sr
3.00 FA Matt Womack Alabama T 5Sr
2.80 FA Joshua McMillon Alabama ILB 5Sr
2.80 FA Brian Robinson Alabama RB 3Jr
2.72 FA Derrick Dillon LSU WR 5Sr
2.71 FA Badara Traore LSU T 4Sr

 

Tony and Nick also praised the defenses but for different reasons. Each side had NFL Draft talent showcasing ability. At the 4:05 PM update, Tony expressed his thought on the topic while Nick did the same at the 5:30 PM update:

Tony- You have to be impressed with the way LSU’s defensive front seven is playing and getting pressure up the field. They have not been a big pressure or sack defense this year, but they have Tua Tagovailoa running for his life in the early goings.

Nick- Just before the half, LSU ILB Patrick Queen got an interception. He’s an athletic linebacker trying to learn everything above the neck, but he has looked good so far today.

Three pass rushers in LSU’s K’Lavon Chaisson and Alabama’s Terrell Lewis and Anfernee Jennings have been making Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow feel them respectively. All three of them are top 100 prospects on my board right now and seem to be contributors in their very first year in the league with their skillsets. Chaisson is a dynamite rusher with some serious juice in his first step. Jennings has all the power in the world and his hands are violent. Lewis has great flexibility, bend, and cornering ability, but his hands and the upper body aspect of his game are still developing. Still, this is a promising game for all three.

Tony also came away impressed by Burrow as seen in the 4:50 PM update:

What’s impressed me most about Joe Burrow is he’s taking what the defense gives him.  Burrow is not pressing, nor does he looked overwhelmed by the situation.  He also doesn’t have “big play-itis”, but is doing a great job commanding the offense. Last week, PFN Draft Writer AJ Schulte wrote a piece on Burrow and what he can bring to the NFL.

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