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
|3.85||2nd||Jedrick Wills Jr.||Alabama||T||3Jr|
|3.83||2nd||Kary Vincent Jr.||LSU||CB||3Jr|
|3.64||3rd||Henry Ruggs III||Alabama||WR||3Jr|
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.