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Alabama and LSU Take Ultimate SEC Rivalry to NFL Draft

Alabama and LSU is the best rivalry in football and now they are competing to see who will have the most draft picks.

To be exact there is no better college football betting rivalry than Alabama vs. LSU.  The Crimson Tide and Tigers are perennial national championship contenders.  Both programs have mastered the art of modern recruiting.  Each has a uniquely effective head coach with national cache.  Every November LSU and Alabama meet to decide the SEC West Division title.  Now their rivalry extends to the NFL Draft betting odds.  Indeed, one of the most popular bets is which of these teams will have the most players taken in the first round?

2020 NFL Draft:  Team with the Most First Round Picks

Date and Time:  Thursday, April 23 through Saturday, April 25

2020 NFL Draft TV Coverage:  NFL Network, ESPN, ABC

LSU +.5 -170 vs. Alabama -.5 +130

LSU vs. Alabama 2020 NFL Draft CashBet Odds Analysis

While Alabama is the more established power, LSU is the most recent national champion.  Regardless each team carries considerable offshore sportsbook

credibility.  One look at the top prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft reveals why.  Let’s examine the top LSU and Alabama players.  Starting with their superstar quarterbacks!

QB – Joe Burrow – LSU

On the whole the 2019 season was a perfect dream for Joe Burrow.  LSU went undefeated and won the national championship.  Burrow was a blowout winner for the Heisman Trophy.  His statistics shattered countless records.  Cause by his high school playing career in the state of Ohio does Cincinnati seem a perfect fit.  Continuous losing and dwindling fan support make Burrow a dream come true for the Bengals.

QB – Tua Tagovailoa – Alabama

Above all Tua Tagovailoa is commanding the most attention of any prospect with the NFL Draft betting odds.  Tagovailoa’s workout wowed NFL scouts.  In fact, many of those scouts have come to believe that Tagovailoa rates higher than Burrow.  Of great concern remains Tua’s durability.  He has not been able to complete either one of his two seasons as a starter.  The NFL demands a longer and much tougher schedule.

OL – Jedrick Wills Jr. – Alabama

First rated among offensive linemen is Jedrick Wills.  No other offensive line prospect grades so complete.  In like manner to good cornerbacks a team can’t have enough quality left tackles. 

WR – Jerry Jeudy – Alabama

Specifically, the 2020 NFL Draft is heralded for its quality wide receivers.  Jeudy rates as the top route runner of any available receiver.  His speed and elusiveness enhance his value.  Jeudy exploded for 204 receiving yards and four touchdowns against Michigan to end his Alabama career. 

EDGE – K’Lavon Chaisson – LSU

Second ranked among EDGE rushers is K’Lavon Chaisson.  Last year he broke out in dominant fashion with 13.5 tackles for loss.  Chaisson totaled 6.5 sacks and was named first team All-SEC.  He left LSU with two years of eligibility remaining. Correlate his speed to power blend with elite athleticism.  Chaisson played most effectively against the toughest opponents.

WR – Henry Ruggs III – Alabama

Yet another coveted Crimson Tide wide receiver is Henry Ruggs III.  If there is a faster prospect available, he hasn’t been found.  Ruggs brings the ability to score on short, medium, and deep routes.  Most important of all are his reliable hands.  In 2019 he dropped only one pass all season!

S – Xavier McKinney – Alabama

Extending the value of Xavier McKinney is that he is a terrifying blitzer.  McKinney is a reliable tackler with great versatility. 

LB – Patrick Queen – LSU

Account of his quick reads does Patrick Queen bring value to NFL scouts.  Few linebackers impress more on the blitz. 

CB – Kristian Fulton – LSU  

Embracing exceptional man to man coverage ability is Kristian Fulton.  This makes him a valued asset for any team. 

WR – Justin Jefferson – LSU

Justin Jefferson is valued because of his reliable route running.  Along the same lines is a superior catch radius.

S – Grant Delpit – LSU

Comparable to other safeties Grand Delpit offers superior versatility.  Moreover, Delpit is a natural playmaker. 

CB – Trevon Diggs – Alabama

Trevon Diggs’ build allows him to match up against larger NFL wide receivers.  It follows that he brings impressive athleticism and quickness to his coverage duties.

The Pick

In sum its another even match-up between these super powers.  As a result, Alabama at plus money rates the edge. 

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