Ranking the 10 Best Players in the 2020 CFB National Championship Game

0 of 10Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesThe two-week layoff between the College Football Playoff semifinals and national championship has provided ample time to highlight every small detail and storyline of the clash between Clemson and LSU.Analysis is valuable and interesting. But can we take a moment to appreciate the level of individual talent in this showdown?In all…

Ranking the 10 Best Players in the 2020 CFB National Championship Game

0 of 10Matthew Stockman/Getty ImagesThe two-week layoff between the College Football Playoff semifinals and national championship has provided ample time to highlight every small detail and storyline of the clash between Clemson and LSU.Analysis is valuable and interesting. But can we take a moment to appreciate the level of individual talent in this showdown?In all likelihood, the next two No. 1 overall NFL draft picks will be taking snaps in Monday’s matchup at the Superdome in New Orleans. LSU even has a freshman who might be a top-five selection three draft cycles from now. Clemson and LSU combined to place eight players on AP All-America teams in 2019, and that doesn’t include Trevor Lawrence, Tee Higgins or Justin Jefferson.Forget the final score or how the players will affect the game. This championship is stacked with elite ability.1 of 10Wesley Hitt/Getty ImagesKristian Fulton isn’t afraid of getting in a receiver’s face.According to Pro Football Focus, the senior has lined up in press coverage on 301 snaps—the third-most of any draft-eligible cornerback. And prior to the Peach Bowl against Oklahoma, Fulton had forced an incompletion 29.1 percent of the time when targeted.Over the last two years, he’s picked off two passes and been credited with 22 breakups. Most of the time, though—especially in 2019—quarterbacks haven’t thrown at Fulton.”I think Kristian not being targeted is respect,” LSU receiver Ja’Marr Chase said, per Brody Miller of The Athletic.2 of 10Gerald Herbert/Associated PressIf you prefer Fulton over Grant Delpit, that’s reasonable. Put simply, Delpit won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back in 2019 more on reputation than performance.But he’s earned every bit of that reputation.In three seasons at LSU, Delpit has collected 193 total tackles with 16.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He’s also a valuable piece in coverage with 24 pass breakups and eight interceptions, contributing in a deep safety spot or walking down to cover the slot.Delpit has missed more tackles than usual in 2019, but his versatility and upside make him worthy of a first-round selection if he declares for the 2020 NFL draft.3 of 10Danny Karnik/Associated PressAlthough he enjoyed a productive 2018 season, Justin Jefferson has reached a different level as a junior.Entering the national championship, he ranks third in the country with 102 receptions and 1,434 yards. Jefferson shares the FBS lead in touchdowns (18) with his teammate Chase.Jefferson has seven 100-plus-yard outputs, but no performance was more impressive than his most recent one. He set the playoff records for receiving yards and touchdowns after ripping apart Oklahoma’s secondary for 227 yards and four scores on 14 catches in the blowout semifinals win.Should he declare for the 2020 draft, Jefferson should be among the
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