There are many reasons why you should be paying attention to LSU versus Alabama this weekend.
First and foremost, TDN will be LIVE ON LOCATION in Tuscaloosa to host our show on Twitter. Just go to @DraftNetworkLLC Saturday between 11am-1pm CT and hang out with the TDN crew as we preview the game from World of Beer.
But in terms of the game itself. This is a match up that will hold major playoff implications. Whichever team wins this will likely represent the SEC West in the SEC Championship game. The other, despite likely remaining a Top 5 team, won't be able to compete for a conference championship.
This game is also a battle for not only the Heisman Trophy, but also potentially the No. 1 overall pick, as quarterbacks Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa will face off as the front men to one of the most heated rivalries in all of college football.
But these two teams are talented beyond just their quarterbacks, and on Alabama's side, they have three draft eligible wide receivers this year who will likely play big roles in the outcome of this game.
Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and DeVonta Smith, all incredible playmakers with different skillsets. We know these guys can play in the NFL, but we also know that team landing spot and fit matter when it comes to getting the most out of what prospects do best.
Draft projection in mind, here are three potential NFL fits for each of Bama's stud pass catchers.
Washington is the worst run organization in sports.
There, now that we got that out of the way, we can begin with the analysis.
Washington doesn't have much going for them on the offensive end. They have what they hope to be their quarterback of the future in Dwayne Haskins, but out side of rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin, not many weapons to help him out. Jeudy and McLaurin would put a lot of stress on opposing defenses, since not many, if any teams at all around the league, have two defensive backs with the speed and quickness to keep up with those two.
New York Jets
The Jets, much like Washington, have what they hope to be their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold -- although recently that has come into question. Let's hope for Darnold and this offense's sake that head coach Adam Gase is a one-and-done up in New York.
The Jets had a good receiving unit on paper going into 2019, but Quincy Enunwa's injury has hurt them, and we were told they were shopping Robby Anderson at the trade deadline. Jeudy would be WR1 in New York, and would be a great aid to Darnold, as Jeudy wins with very visible separation.
This one is a potential fit because Miami has, like, zero playmakers on the roster right now. So, in that sense, Jeudy is an automatic fit just by default because he's good at football and the current Dolphins are not.
But this one might be an even better fit because there is a chance that Miami's first two picks in the first round might be high enough in the order for them to select Tagovailoa with their first pick and Jeudy with their second pick.
Truth be told, every team in the NFL could be a potential fit for a guy like Ruggs because Ruggs' speed is world class. But I like the idea of him in Gruden's offense because I believe it sets up well to get Ruggs the ball quickly, which then allows him to do what he does best: get yards after the catch.
Oakland has Tyrell Williams to stretch the field, and they have Hunter Renfrow to be their dink-and-dunk slot player. Ruggs can bring the Raiders speed at all three levels of the field. With two first round picks, they should have their eyes on Ruggs with at least one of them.
The Jaguars have two first round picks, as well, so this is why this one could be a a great fit. They'll likely use one of their picks on a cornerback after losing Jalen Ramsey, but the other could very well be used on an offensive weapon.
Ruggs on the Jaguars would give them one of the fastest wide receiver rooms in the league, but where most of the guy they have now use their speed vertically, Ruggs can use his in a variety of different ways, which keeps the speed theme but expands what you can do with it.
The Eagles just need receiver who can separate. They have a bunch of contested catch guys, but not enough players who can separate on their own -- and the one guy they have who should (Agholor) can't catch.
Ruggs and Wentz in a Doug Pederson offense would all make beautiful music together.
I believe right now Jeudy and Ruggs are both first round locks, and where I think Smith can be a Top 50 player, I wouldn't call him a lock for the first round. What that means is that there is a chance that a team can grab Smith on Day 2 -- and he'd be a damn good Day 2 receiver.
If Minnesota wants him, they'll likely have to use their second round pick at No. 56, but the thought of combining a guy like Smith as WR3 in Minnesota with Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen? My goodness. No team in the NFL has the cornerbacks to match up with that.
Cortland Sutton has grown into quite the outside wide receiver, and I believe that DaeSean Hamilton has the skills to be one of the best slot guys in the league. When Emmanuel Sanders was traded, that left a void at the WR2 spot, a void that could easily be filled by Smith to round out a strong young receiver room.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers might have the best WR duo in in the NFL in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, but in Bruce Arians' offense, they still need a good WR3. The team thought they might get that out of Breshad Perriman, but so far that experiment has failed. If the Bucs can scoop up Smith somewhere on Day 2, that would give them one of the best wide receiver groups in the NFL -- with the oldest of them being just 26 years old.