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LSU’s Joe Burrow shows why he’s the top NFL draft prospect in title game

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LSU put a bow on top of its historic college football season with a 42–25 victory over Clemson in the national championship. A few notes from Monday night’s game in New Orleans…

Joe Burrow

1. We’ve seen plenty from LSU’s Joe Burrow this season, and we saw more from the Heisman winner on Monday night—LSU fell behind 17–7 early, and Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables seemed to have crossed up the top seeds by throwing a variety of looks and pressures at Burrow. In dealing with it, Burrow showed his ability to take a punch and adjust, and that just adds another layer to the likelihood that he’s … on to Cincinnati. 

“I’m more impressed every time I watch him,” said one NFC scout postgame.

2. It would be silly to kill Trevor Lawrence for his performance Monday night. To some degree in these playoffs, the coaches got away from the Travis Etienne-fueled run game, and Clemson dealt with injuries at receiver (Tee Higgins was banged up). Lawrence showed plenty of fight in using his legs in scramble situations and on designed runs, and still had his share of wow throws. He’ll be fine. He’s three years younger than Burrow, so he has time.

3. Outside of Burrow, there may not be a player who helped himself from a draft perspective more this year, on either of those rosters, than LSU WR Justin Jefferson, who’ll likely declare for the draft in the coming days and go in the Top 50 or so picks in April. He finished Monday with nine catches for 106 yards, and one ankle-breaking juke.

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