Scouting the Citrus Bowl: LSU vs Louisville

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Colin Littlefield

Draft Analyst Writer

The LSU Tigers (7-4) are heading into bowl season without Les Miles at the helm for the first time since their 2004 season, as they take on the Louisville Cardinals (9-3), under former interim, now head coach, Ed Orgeron, or “Coach O”, as he is known to the Tiger faithful. Louisville enters the Citrus Bowl coming off of a tough in-state loss to Kentucky, after a regular season that yielded incredible offensive production. This matchup is absolutely packed with draft talent, with prospects being projected to be taken on all three days.

Citrus Bowl Prospects

Rnd

Grade

School

Full Name

Pos

Number

Year

1st

4.12

LSU

Leonard Fournette

RB

7

3Jr

1st

3.97

LSU

Malachi Dupre

WR

15

3Jr

1st

3.94

LSU

Davon Godchaux

DT

57

3Jr

2nd

3.92

LSU

Jamal Adams

S

33

3Jr

2nd

3.90

LSU

Tre'Davious White

CB

18

4Sr

3rd

3.69

LSU

Kendell Beckwith

ILB

52

4Sr

3rd

3.63

Louisville

Devonte' Fields

OLB

92

5Sr

4th

3.59

LSU

Ethan Pocic

T

77

4Sr

3-4

3.59

Louisville

Josh Harvey-Clemons

S

25

5Sr

4th

3.54

Louisville

James Quick

WR

17

4Sr

4th

3.54

Louisville

Trumaine Washington

CB

15

3Jr

4th

3.54

LSU

Travin Dural

WR

83

5Sr

5th

3.48

Louisville

Cole Hikutini

TE

18

4Sr

5th

3.45

Louisville

Keith Kelsey

ILB

55

4Sr

5th

3.44

LSU

Ed Paris

CB

21

3Jr

5th

3.44

Louisville

Trevon Young

OLB

91

4Sr

5th

3.42

Louisville

Jamari Staples

WR

2

4Sr

6th

3.34

Louisville

DeAngelo Brown

DT

97

5Sr

7th

3.27

LSU

Lewis Neal

DE

92

4Sr

FA

3.21

Louisville

Jeremy Smith

RB

34

3Jr

FA

3.21

LSU

Chris LaCouture

DT

91

4Sr

FA

3.09

LSU

Brandon Harris

QB

6

3Jr

FA

3.02

Louisville

Shaq Wiggins

CB

6

3Jr

FA

3.00

Louisville

Keith Towbridge

TE

89

4Sr

FA

3.00

Louisville

Chucky Williams

S

22

4Jr

FA

2.99

Louisville

Brandon Radcliff

RB

23

5Sr

FA

2.93

LSU

Tashawn Bower

DE

46

4Sr

FA

2.73

LSU

Rickey Jefferson

S

9

4Sr

FA

2.72

LSU

Colin Jeter

TE

81

4Sr

FA

2.70

LSU

Duke Riley

OLB

40

4Sr

FA

2.70

Louisville

Kiola Mahoni

G

56

3Jr

Until December 16th, our top prospect in this game would’ve been everyone’s guess, LSU running back Leonard Fournette. However, it was on the 16th of December that Fournette announced his intentions to not play in the bowl game, so he could better prepare for the NFL, as well as, continue to nurse an ankle injury that has been nagging all season. So, LSU wide receiver Malachi Dupre has moved into our top spot for on-field prospects. The junior receiver enters after a disspointing season when he posted just 34 receptions for 454 yards and 3 touchdowns. While those stats don’t necessarily jump off of the screen, Dupre was certainly a victim of inconsistent quarterback play this season. He has been praised for his ability to go up and get the ball, as he has a great vertical and long arms, in addition to his speed and size, listed at 6’4” and 195 lbs, making him a deep threat in the passing game. One small concern about Dupre is his lack of quickness into cuts, which could limit him in the short passing game, at the next level. Malachi Dupre has been ranked as our 5th-ranked wide receiver in this year’s class and Tony Pauline continues to hear the junior will enter the upcoming draft. Tiger defensive tackle Davon Godchaux is another player that we expect to be taken off the board on day one. The 6’4” 299 lb junior enters the Citrus Bowl fourth on the team with 58 tackles and second with 5.5 sacks. Our Tony Pauline gave Godchaux a first round grad before the season started, as can be seen in our Week One Risers and Sliders. Our 4thranked defensive tackle has stated that he won’t make any decisions regarding the draft, until after the Citrus Bowl. Another LSU defender to keep an eye on is safety Jamal Adams. He enters the game with the 3rd-most tackles on the team with 70, as well as one sack and one interception on the year. In a somewhat deep safety group, Adams is our 2nd ranked player at the position. Adams’s size and speed combination would translate well to the next level. His best traits, however, are his field awareness and football IQ. As reported by Tony Pauline, Adams is very likely to enter the draft. Skipping over a few Tigers, two seniors who are sure to be seen at the next level soon are cornerback Tre’Davious White from LSU, inside linebacker Kendall Beckwith. White, we see going perhaps a little bit earlier than Beckwith. Tre’Davious White is projected to be selected in the 2nd round, while Kendall Beckwith has garnered a 3rd round projection though the recent news Beckwith injured his knee against Florida will impact his draft grade.

Louisville Cardinal outside linebacker Devonte’ Fields is entering the game with 42 tackles, five sacks, and an interception. Fields stands at 6’4” and 242lbs. He began his career at TCU, winning the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year award in 2012, after totaling  53 tackles, 10 sacks, and an interception. Fast forward through some incidents and injuries, Fields has found a new home in Louisville. As reported in our Week Thirteen Risers and Sliders, Fields is a physical linebacker with a great ability to stop the run, as well as contain it, or force it back into the line of scrimmage. We expect Devonte’ Fields to earn a third round draft pick.