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Game and seeing the potential in future draft picks from that game kinda makes you wonder how big that game was. Loads of NFL talent on both sides. One game with that many future NFL stars.
I was at a pre-game dinner and heard a "well informed source" say that, taking into account all of the classes, there would be AT LEAST 32 players on the field that night who would/should make an NFL roster. I think Gil Brandt was quoted as saying something similar; probably where the "source" got his info (g).
2 weeks before the game, JOX had some scout on the radio and said LSU had at least 7 players on the DL alone that would get drafted. just going through the significant players that will get drafted for both teams off the top of my head:
RB: TR, Lacy, Fowler, Hilliard, ware, ford, Copeland
WR: Randle, Landry, Shepard?
OL: Jones, Warmack, DJ, Steen, Hurst?, Faulk
DL: Brockers, Logan, Mingo, Montgomery, Williams, Chapman, Square
LB: Hightower, Upshaw, Minter, Moseley,
DB: Barron, DreK, Milliner, Claiborne, Mathieu, Reid, Lester, Menzie, Taylor
I count 38 guys that have been drafted or will be drafted that played significant roles in that game. Probably missing a few. Maybe add Brad Wing if someone picks up a punter too.
10 Major Poll National Titles (CFB record)
35 Bowl Wins (CFB record)
72 Wins over last 6 years (CFB record)
Norwood is another
Choose not a life of limitation
Norwood always comes to play against LSU. I'm sure they're going to be excited to no end when his eligibility expires after 2013. He's a really underrated player.
If you include Cyrus (who was hurt) then I think the starting OL is UA across the board. Randle is good but receiver is still the weak link, Beckham goes in for sure. LSU really doesn't have a lot to contribute at RB either as Ware and Ford are significant downgrades from TR and Lacy. Hilliard is not a pro. Ron Brooks can play a little CB as well. The secondary is ridiculously good, really the entire defense.
This post was edited by manbearpig7 13 months ago
At first glance:
-Not sure Ware nor Ford gets drafted this year. If so, it'll likely be 6th-7th rd.
-Hilliard isn't that highly valued right now but he still has 2 years to improve as he kinda disappeared after a nice freshmen season.
-As of right now, Square looks like a FA acquisition after the draft
-Anthony Johnson should be added to DLine
-Did Pagan play in the game? If so, I'd add him as a future draft pick. Think he has 1st round potential....just matter of showing it.
I attended the 1st game in Tuscaloosa and I think it had the most future NFL talent of any game I've ever attended.....maybe in the last 20-25 years in general. No doubt both teams were loaded.
This post was edited by BamaBornDukie 13 months ago
Would like to see a player by player comparison of 2011 LSU/Bama vs. 2005 USC/Texas games (accolades, draft picks, # of 1st rounders, etc.). i might do it later tonight
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well i just finished with the spreadsheet comparing these 2 games:
38 draft picks; average draft round = 3.08; average pick = 84.55; 9 1st rounders
25 draft picks; average draft round = 3.28; average pick = 91.40; 5 1st rounders
5 draft picks; average draft round = 2.20; average pick = 56.00; 2 1st rounders
8 draft picks; average draft round = 2.88; average pick = 77.00; 4 1st rounders
Now LSU and Bama are not done with NFL picks from their teams since there has only been 1 draft since the 2011 season. And guessing at future drafts, I got LSU with around 26 total picks and Bama with 31. So, compared to the USC/TEXAS game:
USC/TEXAS = 63 NFL picks
LSU/BAMA = 57 NFL picks (projected)
Now, when its all said and done the quality of the LSU/BAMA players will be much higher I think than the USC/TEXAS players. Bama already has 4 1st rounders after 1 draft and will add 4 more this draft, giving Bama nearly as many 1st rounders in only 2 drafts as USC had over 5. Pretty much the same for LSU.
Great analysis. Love objective data that paints a pretty clear picture.
Would you be interested in linking this spreadsheet?
This post was edited by coolstorybro 13 months ago
2005 USC - 38 draft picks
2011 Alabama will end up with more than 9 1st rounders though...
Already out - TR, Hightower, Barron, Dre
This year - Warmack, Milliner, and at least one more (Fluker, Lacy)
Next year possibilities - Cyrus, CJ, McCarron, Haha, Hubbard....
Well hell not a sure thing but I bet we get to 10 or above.
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