Cotton Bowl – LSU vs. Texas A&M

  • AT&T Cotton Bowl
  • Cowboys Stadium/Arlington, Texas
  • Friday/7 p.m. on Fox

Louisiana State

Best prospect: #7 CB Patrick Peterson, 6-1, 222 pounds, 4.42 seconds, Junior – Considered one of the top 10 prospects that will be in the 2011 NFL Draft. There’s no question that he’ll be coming out and leaving the Bayou Bengals with a year of eligibility left. This year alone, he was the Jim Thorpe Award winner, the Chuck Bednarik Award winner, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and first-team AP All-America. In 38 games, he had seven INTs, one returned for TD, two punt return TDs and 99 total tackles. Peterson averaged 15.7 yards on punt returns and 29.4 yards on kickoff returns. He’s got speed, size and strength.

Best underclassmen prospect (not named Peterson): None.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #11 ILB Kelvin Sheppard, 6-2, 240 pounds, 4.64 seconds, Redshirt-Senior – He was selected first-team All-SEC defense for his performance in the ’10 season. Sheppard lead the team in tackles for the second straight season, finishing with 108. He also had 11 tackles for loss, four sacks and an interception. In 52 games for LSU, he had 303 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, six forced fumbles and seven passes defended. He was considered the emotional leader of the defense.

Other potential draft choices: #92 DT Drake Nevis, 6-0½, 285 pounds, 5.04 seconds, Senior; #80 WR Terrance Toliver, 6-3½, 205 pounds, 4.49 seconds, Senior; #78 OT Joseph Barksdale, 6-5, 318 pounds, 5.26 seconds, Senior.

Texas A&M

Best prospect: #40 OLB Von Miller, 6-2¼, 243 pounds, 4.56 seconds, Senior – A two time first-team AP All-America and the 2010 Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top college LB. In his senior season, he had 59 total tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, six passes batted down, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles. In the ’09 season, Miller led major college football with 17 sacks. In his 46-game career at A&M, he had 172 total tackles, 47.5 tackles for loss and 32 sacks, along with 10 forced fumbles. More pass rusher than true outside linebacker, he’s explosive off the snap and making it to the passer. He’s never been asked to play the run or drop in coverage much, but he’s got the athletic ability to handle those tasks.

Best underclassmen prospect: #8 WR Jeff Fuller, 6-3, 215 pounds, 4.52 seconds, Junior – A first-team All-Big 12 selection he had 65 catches for 983 yards and 12 touchdowns. Fuller had 11 catches for 171 yards and two TDs against Texas Tech. Over his 35-game career, he’s caught 156 passes for 2,181 yards and 28 TD catches. Very athletic, he’s had ankle and knee problems and missed four games with a broken fibula early in the 2009 season. His father is Jeff Fuller, who played in the NFL with the 49ers. He’s petitioned the NFL for an evaluation of his draft prospects.

Player that might interest Chiefs: #1 QB Jerrod Johnson, 6-4, 245 pounds, 4.76 seconds, Redshirt Senior – One of the most interesting players that will be available in the 2011 NFL Draft. His senior season was very disappointing, as he eventually lost the starting job because of too many interceptions, including nine INTs in one three-game stretch. Johnson was coming off shoulder surgery and his arm simply never got a chance to heal right. He did not play in the last five games of the’10 season. Overall in his 37-game career, Johnson threw 67 TD passes and 27 interceptions, while throwing for 8,011 yards and running for another 877 yards with 16 touchdowns. Outstanding character, he was one of the team’s co-captains and has always been a team leader.

Other potential draft choices: #77 DE Lucas Patterson, 6-3, 295 pounds, 5.28 seconds, Redshirt-Senior.

One Response to “Cotton Bowl – LSU vs. Texas A&M”

  • January 7, 2011  - el cid says:

    Our luck with LSU guys has not be all that good. No more non-first starters on the three rounds. Team is good enough, they should, while getting the best available, be cherry picking for needs. Roster has enough “guys” to fill roster.

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