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Scouting the 2019 SEC Championship Game: LSU vs Georgia

2019 SEC Championship Game Grant Delpit - NFL Draft
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There’s a lot on the line today when the LSU Tigers and Georgia Bulldogs face off in the 2019 SEC Championship Game – invitations to the college football playoffs, seeding in playoffs, and a ton of NFL decision-makers watching potential future employees.  The next-level talent that will be on display at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta is more than impressive as the game features both quality and quantity.

What scouts will be watching

The numbers are impressive – 23 players with draftable grades, almost a dozen top 100 prospects, and 6 potential first-round picks.  And while the scale tilts towards LSU at the top of my board, the Bulldogs own two of the top three positions.

This is a huge opportunity for Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm. It could be a statement game for the signal-caller, or it could end in disaster.  The LSU secondary is NFL ready and lines-up four top-45 selections, one being a true freshman not even eligible for the 2020 NFL Draft.

Fromm, who was a Week 13 slider, has struggled for much of the second half of the season and as a result, I’ve moved him from a second-day pick into round four.  He scatters passes, misses open targets, and lets a lot of opportunities fall by the wayside.  The fact that running back D’Andre Swift and receiver Lawrence Cager are not 100% puts even more pressure on Fromm.

LSU is not a great pass rushing defense but the matchups between K’Lavon Chaisson and Michael Divinity versus Georgia’s dynamic duo at tackle must be watched.

This could be easy pickings for LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who’ll be crowned with the Heisman Trophy in a week, as Georgia has no real stars on defense.  Safeties Richard LeCounte and J.R. Reed are both better against the run, though LeCounte does display solid ball skills.

Prediction

Georgia doesn’t have the horses to stay with LSU, and the Tigers want to make a statement in this game.  Granted, the Bulldogs nearly pulled off an upset over Alabama a year ago – but I don’t see a repeat happening.  In the end, I believe LSU wins the SEC Championship Game by at least 18 points.

SEC Title Game Prospects

Grade Rnd Full Name Pos # School Yr
4.29 1st Andrew Thomas T 71 Georgia 3Jr
4.18 1st Grant Delpit S 7 LSU 3Jr
4.13 1st D’Andre Swift RB 7 Georgia 3Jr
4.12 1st Joe Burrow QB 9 LSU 5Sr
4.04 1st Kristian Fulton CB 22 LSU 4Sr
3.99 1-2 Isaiah Wilson T 79 Georgia 3So
3.83 2nd Kary Vincent Jr. CB 5 LSU 3Jr
3.82 2nd Jacob Phillips OLB 6 LSU 3Jr
3.80 2nd Justin Jefferson WR 2 LSU 3Jr
3.64 3rd Rashard Lawrence DT 90 LSU 4Sr
3.62 3rd Austin Deculus T 76 LSU 3Jr
3.58 4th Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB 22 LSU 3Jr
3.58 4th Richard LeCounte S 2 Georgia 3Jr
3.57 4th Jake Fromm QB 11 Georgia 3Jr
3.40 5th K’Lavon Chaisson OLB 4 LSU 3So
3.39 6th J.R. Reed S 20 Georgia 5Sr
3.38 6th Solomon Kindley G 66 Georgia 4Jr
3.37 6th Damien Lewis G 68 LSU 4Sr
3.35 6th JaCoby Stevens S 3 LSU 3Jr
3.33 6th Charlie Woerner TE 89 Georgia 4Sr
3.30 6-7 Dee Anderson WR 11 LSU 4Sr
3.28 7th Rodrigo Blankenship PK 98 Georgia 5Sr
3.27 7th Lawrence Cager WR 15 Georgia 5Sr
3.25 FA Stephen Sullivan WR 10 LSU 4Sr
3.21 FA Glen Logan DE 97 LSU 4Jr
3.20 FA Monty Rice OLB 32 Georgia 3Jr
3.20 FA Michael Divinity OLB 45 LSU 4Sr
3.18 FA Tyler Clark DT 52 Georgia 4Sr
3.16 FA Tae Crowder ILB 30 Georgia 5Sr
3.13 FA Jeremiah Holloman WR 9 Georgia 3Jr
3.07 FA David Marshall DT 51 Georgia 4Sr
3.05 FA Derrick Dillon WR 19 LSU 5Sr
3.05 FA Brian Herrien RB 35 Georgia 4Sr
3.05 FA Malik Herring DE 10 Georgia 3Jr
3.05 FA Breiden Fehoko DT 91 LSU 5Sr
3.04 FA Tyler Simmons WR 87 Georgia 4Sr
3.02 FA Tyrique McGhee S 26 Georgia 4Sr
3.00 FA Julian Rochester DT 5 Georgia 4Sr
2.80 FA Eli Wolf TE 17 Georgia 5Sr
2.71 FA Badara Traore T 74 LSU 4Sr

 

Tony Pauline is Pro Football Network’s NFL Draft Analyst and Insider. Follow him on Twitter @TonyPauline. Follow PFN on Twitter @PFN365. Also, be sure to join us today for the PFN College Football Game Day Blog, as Tony and the rest of PFN’s NFL Draft team give the latest analysis and inside scoops on the day’s games.

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