Every scout and draft expert will tell you the same thing when it comes to evaluating NFL Draft prospects. Trust the film. The NFL Scouting Combine is cool, but trust the film. Hype is great, but trust the film. Personality is a plus, but trust the film. Get it?
Well, a good amount of players expected to land in this year’s draft class put one last bit of film down when the Clemson Tigers faced off against the LSU Tigers in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
It was a good one, but not all of the players ‘made money’, as they say.
Some, like Kristian Fulton and A.J. Terrell may have lost some. In fact, there is speculation Terrell may actually return to school instead of coming out as a Junior, like so many expected him to.
Terrell (No. 8 for Clemson) struggled mightily in the game, and even caught the attention of one Deion Sanders.
Needless to say, Terrell did not ball, and he likely did not get a call.
Other players did well for themselves. Quarterback Joe Burrow cemented himself as most people’s number one player on their draft boards, while Isaiah Simmons may have played himself out of reach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who pick 14th in this year’s first-round.
Evan Winter joined me recently on the Locked On Bucs Podcast to talk about some of the other players who certainly seem to have impacted their NFL outlook with their performances in the biggest college football game of the year.
What are your thoughts about the guys who performed well, or poorly, in LSU’s Championship victory over Clemson? Did their play impact your feelings about them as potential draft targets for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Sound off in the comments below, and let us know your thoughts!