Film Room: Alabama vs LSU (BCS Championship)

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (Scouting Report)
-Covering and returning kicks – bottled up the majority of the night.
-Playing both RCB and LCB.
-Not afraid to come up and press.
-Reads screen play quickly, makes QB change his mind.
-Chops down TE at the knees after catch, quickly came off his man.
-Good hand placement in his jam.
-Breaks down well in space and tackles Richardson.
-Did not see Claiborne targeted in first half, QB picking on Mathieu and LB’s.
-Well positioned in run support, but misses arm tackle.
-Gives up contain on long TD run, got caught inside.
-Was not targeted by Alabama the entire game from what I saw, speaks measures about the sort of respect he commands. Claiborne won’t make it out of the first eight picks.

Brandon Taylor, SS, LSU
-Not fooled by play-action, makes strong tackle on TE Smelley.
-Misses tackle on Richardson, dove for leg but it wasn’t there anymore.
-Playing center-field, looks very comfortable in coverage.
-Comes up in run-support and makes ankle tackle on #42 on inside run.
-Lined up on the edge, comes up blitz, disrupts passing lane.
-Shows good change of direction ability, changes from delayed rush to coverage on TE, makes TFL.
-Very poor angle on smoke route, can’t chase Bell down from behind.
-Decent trail coverage, lays a big punch during the catch, WR still hangs on.
-Right on his man on seam route.
-RB steps out of ankle tackle attempt, didn’t break down.
-Goes low on RB, only gets a piece of him as he is hurdled.
-Mid-round guy that makes some plays, but is prone to bad angles in pursuit.

Reuben Randle, WR, LSU
-Often used on screens and quick passes.
-Poor blocking on screen play.
-Good concentration catching tipped ball.
-Was a complete non-factor in the game – post-season will be huge for Randle, where he should have a legitimate quarterback throwing him the ball.

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Tags: 2012 NFL Draft, Bowl Game, Courtney Upshaw, Don'ta Hightower, Dre Kirkpatrick, Film Room, Mark Barron, Robert Lester, Trent Richardson

5 Responses to “Film Room: Alabama vs LSU (BCS Championship)”

  1. john says:

    nick gentry looked in rotation

  2. TD says:

    All of Bama’s LB’s played big games, Hightower, Upshaw and one other that got injured late. Also, Barron was quite active, reminded me of Chung. The other DB’s did not get much action due to Les leaving that disaster of a QB in the whole game.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Maize here, quick, good hands and can return kicks.

    LSU had at least one good player, Minter, the LB made a lot of plays. Their CB destined for top 5 did not see a single pass, but his counterpart, Mathieu got burned a lot.

  3. Ryan says:

    I think the real question is how many players Bill will draft from Alabama. I’m guessing at least 2. Maybe more.

    • MP says:

      Probably zero. Never underestimate BB’s ability to the opposite of what everyone is expecting.

      • Ryan says:

        Probably not the players we want. But I’m guessing there are at least 2 players from Bama in this draft. Saban and Bill are too close for there not to be a player or two coming from one of the best defensive teams in college football this season.



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