Two well-known programs fight it out in the Music City Bowl as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish clash with the Louisiana State University Tigers. New York Giants fans will especially want to keep this game in mind since it seems that LSU happens to be a Giants farm team for the past few years.
By far, the best two prospects in this game happen to play the same position, left tackle. For LSU, you have La'el Collins. For Notre Dame, it's Ronnie Stanley. Collins is the better known player and is a 6-foot-5, 320 pound road-grading monster. He's one of the best drive blockers in this class. He doesn't have great technique, but he plays filthy and angry all the time. He might be best suited as a right tackle or as a guard but he's a first-rounder for sure.
Meanwhile, Ronnie Stanley is a fast riser, going as high as top ten for some. He projects as a left tackle, so that certainly helps. He's got great length and plays with similar precision technique as his predecessor Zack Martin. He's athletic as well and can get to the second level in a hurry. He'll be going up against a monstrous edge rusher in Danielle Hunter of LSU. He has extreme length and has a very bend and dip. He is compared to former teammate Barkevious Mingo quite a bit.
Other prospects to look at include tight end Ben Koyack from Notre Dame, a big prospect that comes from a long line of high end prospects from the Fighting Irish. Sheldon Day is a very intriguing prospect at 6-3, 291 pounds. He plays mostly defensive end and some defensive tackle, but figures to be a perfect 3 technique for a 4-3 team. He's got really good burst and understands leverage, so he could be a interesting Day 3 prospect, maybe even Day 2.
Finally, we've got a pair of defensive backs from LSU. Jalen Collins and Jalen Mills are both intriguing prospects. Mills is a free safety prospect who I'm higher on than most. He's got terrific range and some nice ball skills. He has trouble tackling however, and his instincts are questionable. Collins, meanwhile, doesn't have a lot of tape on him from prior to this year, but people are drooling over his length, 6-2, 200 pounds and he moves buttery smooth.
Teams: (23) LSU Tigers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Odds: LSU (-7.5)
Game Time: Tuesday, Dec. 30th, 3 p.m. EST