In a SEC contest featuring several NFL Draft prospects, fundamentals were more of a factor than talent. LSU took advantage of Georgia’s poor special teams play, pass blocking and missed tackles, en route to a 36-16 victory. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his thoughts on a few of the teams’ prospects in this in-game report:
29 Greedy Williams (6’3 184) LSU CB- Sophomore
Williams has the size and elite length that scouts will covet in the NFL Draft. The burning question with players of his size at the cornerback position is their ability to twist their hips and get out of breaks cleanly to mirror receivers. Williams showed no problem with this, see his coverage on Georgia junior wide receiver Riley Ridley (6’2, 200) in the second quarter on 3rd and 9, where he kept up with the receiver stride-for-stride on a comeback route to break up the play. Williams is also a contributor on special teams as he is tasked with blocking the gunners. The LSU cornerback figures to be a top draft pick and probably will not have to contribute on special teams to make an NFL roster but the more you can do, the better. On the season, Williams has two interceptions.
40 Devin White (6’1 240) LSU LB-Junior
White’s aggressiveness and willingness to fly to the football is apparent. So often during Saturday’s game, White could be seen trailing the play to assist a fellow defensive player in finishing it. He finished with a season-high 12 assisted tackles against Georgia. White has the tendency to run himself out of plays and versus play action because of his aggressiveness. However, his ability to tackle, drop in coverage and matchup with tight ends occasionally, will make him a contributor at the next level.
18 Isaac Nauta (6’4 240) Georgia TE-Junior
The tight end position is so much about size in the NFL and Nauta has NFL size. The Georgia tight end showed his athleticism and reflexes when he twisted and contorted his body to catch a back shoulder pass while being blanketed by Devin White. Nauta can also serve as a hand in the ground blocker and is physically mature enough to take on outside linebackers in run blocking schemes. Nauta will have to show scouts that he can match his production with his size. The junior tight end currently has 13 catches for 176 yards and one touchdown this season.
18 Deandre Baker (5’11 185) Georgia CB-Senior
The Miami native may not be as tall as Greedy Williams. but is the same type of blanket cover corner and has just as much length. Baker also has two interceptions on the season. LSU didn’t test him much on the outside because they had far greater success running the ball between the tackles. Baker is consistent as they come at the cornerback position and is near the top of his class at the position.