We’ve seen these two teams before (Film Room Report), but the big stage should really help separate the wheat from the chaff.
Here are the 2012 NFL Draft prospects that we’ll be watching in the BCS Championship game between Alabama and LSU.
Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Grade: 6.9I (Grading Scale)
Strengths: Incredible athlete, speed, size and strength are all there – Moves very well laterally in the box – Excellent instincts lead him to the ball very quickly – Reads and reacts with speed – Drops into coverage well, sees routes as they happen in zone – Delivers hits with the best of them – Can shed blocks inside and make the tackle – Dynamic pass-rusher when asked to play on the edge – Best fit as a 3-4 SOLB, but can play 4-3 SLB, 3-4 ILB and even rush as a 4-3 DE in sub-packages.
Weaknesses: Not going to excel in man coverage, some stiffness in the hips – Durability is a concern – Will occasionally be over-aggressive – Not a sideline to sideline guy.
Last Updated: October 5th, 2011