LSU Players That Can Go From CFP Championship to Super Bowl

  • The LSU Tigers won their fourth national championship in school history.
  • Justin Jefferson caught 18 touchdowns this season.
  • LSU has already seen at least seven players declare for the NFL Draft.

BATON ROUGE, La. – The LSU Tigers had one of the most dominating teams we’ve seen in college football history.

Not only did the program take the National Title from the defending champion Clemson Tigers with a statement 42-25 victory, but LSU also claimed the Heisman Trophy award as quarterback Joe Burrow put together the greatest statistical season in the history of the sport as he threw for 5,761 yards, 60 touchdowns while completing 76.3% of his passes.

Burrow seems like he’ll be drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. With Friday being the deadline for all underclassmen to declare for the 2020 NFL Draft LSU will be replacing a lot of talent going to the next level.

Below are three LSU players that based on where they’re expected to be drafted will have the best chance at going from being in the National Championship to the Super Bowl in their rookie seasons.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire – Running Back

LSU through the years has usually been one of the most run-heavy teams in all of college football. Clyde Edwards-Helaire is a five-foot-eight bruising back that rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. He also showed versatility in the passing game as he had 55 receptions for 453 receiving yards and one touchdown.

As a smaller back in the NFL, Edwards-Helaire may need to be used in a running back committee during his first couple of years but after that, he should develop into an every-down back like he was used at LSU.

He’ll more than likely be drafted in the 3-5 rounds of the Draft and that may also put him in the position to play for a playoff team during his rookie season. A team like the Philadelphia Eagles may draft Edwards-Helaire to help alleviate some of the pressure off another young running back in Miles Sanders and to also replace a retired/injured duo of Darren Sproles and Jordan Howard.

With the Eagles having made the playoffs the past three season with seemingly no-names starting, as long as Doug Pederson is the head coach Philadelphia can never be counted out as a playoff contender.

Justin Jefferson – Wide Receiver

Justin Jefferson was easily one of the best wide receivers in the nation this season. He tied for the most receptions in the nation with 111. The junior receiver finished at the top three in every receiving category including touchdowns (18) and receiving yards (1,540).

This year’s draft class for wide receivers is very deep and this will cause Jefferson to more than likely slip into the second or third round which should allow Jefferson to get drafted by a playoff team.

With the NFL becoming more pass friendly the receiver position is becoming a vital part of the team’s success. If Jefferson slips into the middle rounds of the Draft, the team that picks him up will get a receiver that can immediately step in and produce.

A team that could draft the wide receiver in the middle rounds could be the Baltimore Ravens who need to upgrade their wide receiver position outside of Marquise Brown. If Jefferson is drafted to the Ravens, he’d be a day one starter over the incumbent Willie Snead and would automatically give quarterback Lamar Jackson another dangerous weapon in the passing game.

The Ravens will already be among Super Bowl 55 favorites and this could give Jefferson the best chance out of all rookies from LSU to go straight from the national championship game to the Super Bowl.

Grant Delpit – Safety

LSU safety Grant Delpit has all the tools to succeed at the next level and the Jim Thorpe award winner projects to be a first-round pick in the 2020 draft.

His versatility at the safety position will be what many teams fall in love with. Delpit can line up at the line of scrimmage or be the last line of a defense as the single high safety, either way, the guy makes plays on defense.

This year for LSU he recorded 65 total tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, and seven passes defended.

A mid-round team that could certainly use the services of Delpit would be the Dallas Cowboys who have a serious need for another playmaking safety alongside Xavier Woods. If Delpit is available when the Cowboys are on the clock with the 17th pick in the Draft, it could be a match made in heaven.

Dallas does have a new head coach in Mike McCarthy. With the safety position being one of the few major needs for the Cowboys, look for them to invest a first-round pick to bolster the position in this draft and give Delpit a chance to play in the playoffs in his rookie year.

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