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.