Studs & Duds: The 2020 LSU Tigers Edition

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All hail the kings of college football. 

LSU is officially the reigning champions of the CFB world, and in just a few short months a number of Tigers will be the faces of the 2020 NFL Draft. In the immediate aftermath of the College Football Playoff, we've seen a mass exodus of talent out of Baton Rouge. Whether it is passing game coordinator Joe Brady jumping ship to the NFL as the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers or the bevy of underclassmen who are leaving eligibility on the table for a shot at the pros, LSU is facing an astronomical amount of change.

With no more new games left to play, now is prime time to grind the tap and finalize opinions of talents across the country — so that's exactly what we did.

Who are the best and worst of the draft prospects that played on this year's LSU team? Let's set the record straight.

Stud: Joe Burrow, QB 

What's left to say about Broadway Jeaux? Joe Burrow is expected to be the top overall selection in the 2020 draft, and he's earned the right to rest on his laurels and recover from a grueling SEC schedule between now and the combine. Burrow's football intelligence, accuracy and feel for the pocket are all off the charts good and the more film you watch, the more you appreciate just how natural he is at playing quarterback.

Round grade: top-10 overall value

Dud: Jacob Phillips, LB

Jacob Phillips entered this season as the more highly LSU linebacker. As the season went along, it became apparent that Phillips was a few steps behind fellow LB Patrick Queen. Phillips has a role at the NFL level, but he's going to need a more specific role. He's not a universal prospect, and he'll need to play a more specific, defined role in order to maximize his skills.

Round grade: sixth

Stud: Justin Jefferson, WR

Justin Jefferson was a really fun watch. Is he the biggest? No. The fastest? No. But he's a refined route runner with really good body control and soft hands. Jefferson was one of the key cogs in LSU’s offense and thrived as one of Burrow's safety blankets. Jefferson’s quick feet and athleticism profile both project well to the pro level. He's going to be able to sustain his 2019 success in the NFL if he's not asked to play as "the man" in the wide receiver room.

Round grade: late first round

Dud: Adrian Magee, OG

If you watched Adrian Magee's highlights, you'd probably figure there's a high ceiling. He's a physical bruiser who plays with a mean streak. But when you comb through Magee's entire resume, you're left wanting a little more. He doesn't have great range and is pretty stiff which restricts his ability to slide or unload on blockers with consistency. Magee fits best into a gap or power rushing offense, but he's going to need to work in a West Coast offense to protect his limited movement skills.

Round grade: seventh round

Stud: K'Lavon Chaisson, EDGE 

K’Lavon Chaisson looks like the next coming of Jadeveon Clowney. He's a flexible, explosive slasher who is going to make a huge impact off the edge of the line of scrimmage. Work him inside? He'll get splash plays looping back into the teeth of the play. Chaisson is a thrilling study and with just a few more minor improvements to his technique, he should find himself wrecking offensive backfields on a weekly basis in the NFL. Chaisson is young, but he is also highly intelligent playing the run and improving rapidly as a pass rusher.

Round grade: first round

Dud: Grant Delpit (as a tackler), S

There are many areas where Grant Delpit shines. If you take his full resume, he still projects as a first-round talent. But if you look strictly at Delpit's tackling, you're going to be disappointed. Delpit got pin-balled by ball carriers in the open field and appeared to be hesitant to lead with his left shoulder in head-on collisions. Can we get to the bottom of it? If so, then we're looking at a top-10 talent. If not, Delpit's role as the last line of defense becomes less attractive in forecasting him to the pros.

Round grade: late first round

Stud: Patrick Queen, LB 

In an underwhelming linebacker group, Patrick Queen is a breath of fresh air. The more you watch, the easier it is to love Queen's fluidity, short-area quickness and processing quickness. He's come on strong throughout the course of the 2019 season and made a firm statement throughout the College Football Playoff and the stretch run. Queen played his best football at the end of the season and will look to carry that into the pros.

I expect him to challenge Kenneth Murray for LB2 in this year's class behind Isaiah Simmons.

Round grade: early second round

Written By:

Kyle Crabbs

Director of Content

Director of Content & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast. Former NDT Scouting Overlord.

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