Mike D's Take: Where will the Tigers go?
Written by Mike Detillier
Thursday, 25 April 2013 06:57
Over a dozen former LSU Tigers could be drafted this weekend. From the first round to the seventh there looks to be an LSU player that will get the call in every round. Here are my projections of where the former Tigers will go.
Mike D's Slots for LSU Players for the 2013 NFL Draft
1. Barkevious Mingo-OLB. 6thru 10 in Round 1. Cleveland, Arizona, Buffalo, New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans could also use an explosive edge pass rusher. Saints fans want him to last to #15, but he will be gone before the Saints pick in Round One.
2. Eric Reid-Free Safety Late in Round One... Teams like the St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens all could use this rangy and athletic safety. He is a ballhawk with speed and NFL teams all crave that type athlete at free safety.
3. Kevin Minter-Middle Linebacker Late in Round One or early in Round 2..
I could see the Minnesota Vikings or the Baltimore Ravens pick him in Round One or him go very early in Round 2. Best player for the Tigers in 2013.
4. Bennie Logan-Defensive Tackle Middle to late 2nd round choice
In my opinion the most underrated player in the SEC on defense. Has a lot of traits that are similar to that of former Saints DT. La'Roi Glover. Can play DT. in a 4-3 defense and an end in a 3-4 alignment.
5. Sam Montgomery-Defensive End Middle to late 2nd round choice
Has taken a big tumble over the last month due to average workouts and his interviews have been less than stellar. Flashes skills that tell you he could be a very good overall defensive end, but he has really been a stock-market player the last two seasons at LSU.
6. Tyrann Mathieu-Cornerback Late 2nd to early 3rd round choice
Despite off the field issues teams are still intrigued with his tremendous punt return skills, off the chart football instincts and he instantly becomes the 3rd cornerback for 30 of 32 teams in the NFL. I could see New England pick him late in Round 2 or the Arizona Cardinals or S.F. 49ers pick him early in Round 3.
7. Tharold Simon-Cornerback Late 2nd or early 3rd round choice
Simon is right on the heels of Mathieu on where he will get picked. He has the size and long wingspan NFL teams crave and his (4.44) 40-yard dash times have been impressive.
8. Lavar Edwards-Defensive End Late 3rd or early 4th round choice
Lavar has been mostly a backup for the Tigers ,but the NFL loves his speed, athleticism and closing speed to the QB.. Reminds me a lot of Seattle Seahawks DE. Chris Clemons when he came out of Georgia.
9. Spencer Ware-Halfback 5th to 6th round choice
One of the most violent inside runners in the 2013 NFL draft class. He has very good field vision, catches the ball well coming out of the backfield and he is also a good pass protector. Ware rushing style is "take no prisoners" and he is quite a load to bring down in the openfield.
10. Brad Wing-Punter 5th to 6th round choice
Wing is the best punter available for the 2013 NFL draft. He has a very strong leg, excellent placements skills inside the 20-yard line and terrific hangtime. Brad should go 2 rounds earlier, but his off the field incidents have teams worried about his total commitment to the game .
11. Chris Faulk-Offensive Tackle 5th to 6th round choice
Everything depends on Faulk's overall health. He has not been able to work out fully for the scouts, but on film you can see his excellent run blocking skills and his ability to steer defenders around with his strong upper-body. Starts out at right tackle in the NFL while he gets in better overall shape and refines his pass blocking techniques.
12. Michael Ford-Halfback 5th to 6th round choice
Has a nice combination of size, speed and power. Catches the ball well coming out of the backfield and he is a very good kickoff return man. Ford is a bit of a straight-line runner, but his versatility is a huge plus, along with very good athleticism.
13. P.J. Lonergan-Offensive Center 7th round pick
Smart, tough, very physical player at the point of attack. The most consistent offensive lineman for the Tigers in 2012. Needs work with his foot work and pass blocking skills, but he is a solid late round pick prospect.
14. Russell Shepard-Wide Receiver 7th round pick
This may seem off for someone who really didn't put up any kind of numbers at the college level, but NFL scouts are intrigued with his potential and athleticism. He has worked out at wide receiver, halfback, cornerback and also as a punt returner. His two post season bowl appearances and his individual workouts have been excellent and teams are excited about his "potential".
Last Updated on Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:17