On Monday night, LSU and Clemson take the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to determine this year's collegiate National Champion.
Both schools have immense talent up and down their rosters. At least five prospects in Monday's game are likely to be selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, with several more players not far behind.
Pro Football Focus ranked the top prospects in this year’s draft class who will be playing tonight. Take a look, as you will likely be hearing a lot about these Tigers over the next few months leading up to April's draft.
LB/S Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
2019 stats: 97 tackles (61 solo), 7.0 sacks, 14.5 tackles for loss, 3 INT, 6 PD, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery
Simmons has been connected to the Giants in several mock drafts. There is no denying the versatility Simmons offers a defense. The talented 21-year-old played 100+ snaps at every alignment group other than outside corner and finished with a PFF grade of 80.0 or higher in run defense, pass rush and coverage.
Simmons has shown the ability to line up on the line, in the slot, at free safety or in the box, and has excelled at each position. While many experts believe he is destined to be a linebacker in the NFL, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound defender was great in coverage this past season. Simmons is projected as a top 10 pick in most mock drafts.
WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
2019 stats: 102 receptions for 1,434 yards (14.1 yards per catch), 18 TD
Jefferson had a special campaign in Baton Rouge, highlighted by his performance in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Oklahoma. The 6-foot-3 receiver exploded for 14 receptions for a whopping 227 yards and four touchdowns against the Sooners, marking his fifth consecutive game in which he found the end zone (he scored nine touchdowns over those five games). Jefferson is a strong route runner with the explosiveness and big play ability to transform an offense. Despite Clemson's talent on the defensive side of the ball, don't be surprised to see Jefferson go off on college football's biggest stage on Monday.
EDGE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
2019 stats: 58 tackles (32 solo), 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss, 2 PD, 1 forced fumble
Chaisson tore his ACL in the first game of the 2018 season, which could explain why his production this year did not really pick up until the latter part of the season. The 6-foot-4 edge rusher recorded two sacks in the CFP Semifinal, and over LSU's last three games, Chaisson has 4.5 sacks to go with 16 tackles (13 solo) and one PD. Similar to Simmons, Chaisson has shown the versatility to be able to line up at several positions but is likely to find his home in the NFL as an outside rush linebacker.
Here are a few other prospects to keep an eye on in the National Championship:
CB Kristian Fulton, LSU
2019 stats: 32 tackles (22 solo), 1 INT, 13 PD
WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
2019 stats: 56 receptions for 1,115 yards (19.9 yards per catch), 13 TD
CB A.J. Terrell, Clemson
2019 stats: 29 tackles (20 solo), 0.5 sacks, 0.5 tackles for loss, 2 INT, 2 PD
RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
2019 stats: 192 rush attempts for 1,536 yards (8.0 yards per carry), 18 TD, 32 receptions for 396 yards (12.4 yards per catch), 4 REC TD
View photos from the college career of Clemson LB Isaiah Simmons