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

GradeRndFull NamePos#SchoolYr
4.291stAndrew ThomasT71Georgia3Jr
4.181stGrant DelpitS7LSU3Jr
4.131stD’Andre SwiftRB7Georgia3Jr
4.121stJoe BurrowQB9LSU5Sr
4.041stKristian FultonCB22LSU4Sr
3.991-2Isaiah WilsonT79Georgia3So
3.832ndKary Vincent Jr.CB5LSU3Jr
3.822ndJacob PhillipsOLB6LSU3Jr
3.802ndJustin JeffersonWR2LSU3Jr
3.643rdRashard LawrenceDT90LSU4Sr
3.623rdAustin DeculusT76LSU3Jr
3.584thClyde Edwards-HelaireRB22LSU3Jr
3.584thRichard LeCounteS2Georgia3Jr
3.574thJake FrommQB11Georgia3Jr
3.405thK’Lavon ChaissonOLB4LSU3So
3.396thJ.R. ReedS20Georgia5Sr
3.386thSolomon KindleyG66Georgia4Jr
3.376thDamien LewisG68LSU4Sr
3.356thJaCoby StevensS3LSU3Jr
3.336thCharlie WoernerTE89Georgia4Sr
3.306-7Dee AndersonWR11LSU4Sr
3.287thRodrigo BlankenshipPK98Georgia5Sr
3.277thLawrence CagerWR15Georgia5Sr
3.25FAStephen SullivanWR10LSU4Sr
3.21FAGlen LoganDE97LSU4Jr
3.20FAMonty RiceOLB32Georgia3Jr
3.20FAMichael DivinityOLB45LSU4Sr
3.18FATyler ClarkDT52Georgia4Sr
3.16FATae CrowderILB30Georgia5Sr
3.13FAJeremiah HollomanWR9Georgia3Jr
3.07FADavid MarshallDT51Georgia4Sr
3.05FADerrick DillonWR19LSU5Sr
3.05FABrian HerrienRB35Georgia4Sr
3.05FAMalik HerringDE10Georgia3Jr
3.05FABreiden FehokoDT91LSU5Sr
3.04FATyler SimmonsWR87Georgia4Sr
3.02FATyrique McGheeS26Georgia4Sr
3.00FAJulian RochesterDT5Georgia4Sr
2.80FAEli WolfTE17Georgia5Sr
2.71FABadara TraoreT74LSU4Sr

 

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