Competition breeds excitement. In regards to the NFL draft, those prospects who show up and show out during the biggest moments against the very best they've faced gain an edge over others in the class.
Scouts and front office executives tend to place a greater emphasis on those examples when incoming talent plays its stiffest competition, whether it be rivalry games, top-ranked opponents, other heralded prospects, or, in this particular case, championship contests.
This weekend's emphasis will be placed on 20 squads vying to capture a conference title. Within those games, opportunities arise for prospects to answer questions and solidify themselves as top talents.
With that in mind, the following players aren't necessarily the top-rated prospect from their particular contest. However, they're the ones with the most to potentially gain based on a standout performance in the biggest moment of their season to date.
SEC Championship: WR Kayshon Boutte, LSU
- LSU vs. Georgia; 4 p.m. ET, Saturday
As always, the SEC Championship Game will be littered with future pros.
Between LSU and Georgia, the two powerhouse programs currently have 13 prospects in the Bleacher Report Scouting Department's latest top-100 draft board. Multiple options have plenty to gain.
Georgia left tackle Broderick Jones has impressed and could move into the first-round conversation with a strong effort against LSU's pass-rushers, BJ Ojulari and Ali Gaye. The Tigers' junior quarterback, Jayden Daniels, could boost his stock, depending on if and how he plays on an injured ankle. These are just two examples.
A need exists to drill down on one specific option.
LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte entered this season in the conversation as the class' WR1, but things haven't gone to plan.
The campaign started very slowly for the Tigers' supposed top target. He even scrubbed his social media accounts after LSU's season-opening loss to the Florida State Seminoles. Drops plagued his performance, though his hands have been better as of late.
Even so, a talented target still appears now and again. The 6'0", 205-pound junior, who excelled as an explosive threat the last two seasons, caught 25 passes for 301 yards in his last five appearances.
A strong effort against a stout Georgia defense that features the likes of Kelee Ringo at cornerback and B/R's top-rated safety prospect, Christopher Smith, can go a long way to reestablish Boutte as a premier target.