The 2011 LSU-Alabama game is widely known as one of the best, if not the most talent-laden game of the past decade. LSU came away with a 9-6 win on a field goal in overtime, the last time to date they’ve beaten the Crimson Tide. As Alabama and LSU prepare to meet again on Saturday, 2016 marks the five-year anniversary of that game.
An incredible 45 players from those teams went on to be drafted into the NFL. Let’s take a look at where some of the most notable names from that game are today.
Trent Richardson (RB, Alabama)- Richardson took over for Mark Ingram at Alabama and eventually helped the Crimson Tide beat LSU in the 2012 BCS National Championship Game. He was taken with the third pick in the first round by the Browns that year and by now can be considered somewhat of a bust. He had 11 touchdowns in his first season with the Browns but only six touchdowns in his next two seasons. He signed with the Raiders in March 2015 but was released. The Baltimore Ravens signed him in 2016 but he was later waived.
Morris “Mo” Claiborne (CB, LSU)- The LSU product was taken three spots after Richardson by the Dallas Cowboys. His career has been plagued slightly by injury, but the Cowboys resigned him to a one-year $3 million deal last offseason. He has one interception in four of his first five seasons with 122 total tackles and 26 passes defended.
Courtney Upshaw (LB, Alabama)- He started in 51 of 64 games for the Baltimore Ravens from 2012-15 collecting 110 tackles and five sacks. Upshaw signed a one-year deal with the Falcons last offseason and has started four games with five total tackles.
Rueben Randle (WR, LSU)- Randle spent four seasons with the New York Giants, who took him in the second round in 2012. He caught 20 touchdowns with 188 receptions and over 2,000 yards receiving over that span. He signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles in the offseason, which then released him.
Barkevious Mingo (DE, LSU)- Mingo was taken with the sixth overall pick by the Browns in 2014 and turned into a linebacker. His most prolific year came in 2014 when he starrted 11 games with two sacks and 26 tackles, though he has been a bit of a bust, starting 17 of 53 games in his career. He was relegated to back up in 2015 and the Browns didn’t pick up his option. He was traded to the Patriots last offseason but has just three tackles and one start this year.
Eddie Lacy (RB, Alabama)- Lacy became the Alabama starting running back after Richardson left and was then taken by the Packers in the second round in 2013. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two NFL seasons, combining for 20 total rushing touchdowns. Lacy was a pro bowler and named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2o13. Injuries have plagued his last two seasons and he most recently went on injured reserve after just five games in 2016.
Tyrann Mathieu (CB, LSU)- Mathieu was dismissed from the Tigers’ program the following season and then decided to enter the NFL Draft when the Cardinals took a chance on him in the third round. He has nine interceptions and 33 passes defended in his first four seasons in Arizona. His most productive year to date was in 2015, when he had five interceptions and 17 passes defended which earned him a five-year extension with the club in the offseason. He has one interception and 25 tackles this year.
Odell Beckham Jr (WR, LSU)- The Giants first round pick in 2014, it’s been hard to miss Beckham in the news. His life changed with an incredible catch against the Cowboys and he’s been known for his touchdown dances as well as relationships with the kicking net. He loves to wear fancy cleats and his warmup routine is can’t miss. Off the field he also has quite the fashion sense. He came onto the scene after missing the first four games of his rookie year and now has over 3,000 yards receiving with 227 catches and 28 touchdowns in his first three seasons. He’s a two-time pro bowler and was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2014.
C.J. Mosley (CB, Alabama)- Picked five spots after Beckham, Mosley has spent three seasons as a starting linebacker for the Ravens. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season and has collected five interceptions with seven sacks and 197 tackles in his career. Mosley has been battling a hamstring issue since Oct. 9.
Jarvis Landry (WR, LSU)- The Dolphins second round pick in 2014 played opposite Beckham at LSU and has started 32 of 39 games in his career with Miami. He has 2,487 yards on 240 receptions with 10 touchdowns in his career.
A.J. McCarron (QB, Alabama)- McCarron was chosen in the fifth round of the 2014 draft by the Bengals and continues to play second fiddle to Andy Dalton. He started three games in 2015, throwing six touchdowns and two interceptions.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S, Alabama)- Clinton Dix has been a staple at safety for the Packers the last three seasons with three interceptions and 13 passes defended. He has 179 total tackles in his career.