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ESPN's Gerry Hamilton notes that LSU four-star 2018 verbal DT commit Davis Cotton possesses a "muscular build with a powerful lower body."

According to Hamilton, the 6-foot-2, 263-pound Cotton "[s]heds blocks with strong hands and advanced technique and is a maximum effort player [who] has the quickness and speed combination to pursue the ball from hash mark-to-hash mark and beyond." Cotton pledged himself to the LSU cause this past weekend. After failing to net a handful in-state pledges during the 2017 cycle, eight of their 10 commitments in the 2018 cycle come from the state of Louisiana. Logic would have it that now that HC Ed Orgeron's staff is locked into place, they might prove a stronger presence in territory which has traditionally been drenched in purple and gold.
Feb 24 - 9:02 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein said on the NFL Fantasy Live podcast that LSU RB Leonard Fournette is in the same class of back as Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker and Eric Dickerson in terms of size and speed.

"We're talking about elite size and speed. When I say elite size and speed, I'm saying Bo Jackson, Herschel Walker, I guess you could say Eric Dickerson, really, because he was bigger than people think, and he was definitely fast," Zierlein said. All of this being said, though, the analyst actually views FSU's Dalvin Cook as the better all-around NFL prospect. Pro Football Focus has likened the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Fournette to Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley. His medical check-ups at the Combine are going to be of some interest, as it was reported during the season that the nagging ankle injury which bothered Fournette in 2016 was a chronic issue.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 5:29 PM

An NFC national scout indicated that LSU DE Tashawn Bower is a developmental prospect.

"He's long and athletic but he's not very strong," the scout said. "He's a developmental type who you hope can be unlocked by your position coach." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likes Bower's size and length. "Bower's physical and athletic traits could make him a target for both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, but he will need to prove he can find the quarterback more consistently if he wants to earn reps in the league," Zierlein wrote. "Bower was stuck behind a talented defensive front, but he flashes often enough to believe that he could develop into a better pro than college player." The 6-foot-6, 253-pound Bower made only seven starts over four seasons.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 24 - 2:54 PM

Pro Football Focus compared LSU WR Travin Dural to Mike Wallace.

"Dural’s speed is his biggest asset right now as he can take the top off a defense similarly to how Wallace did the same earlier in his career. However, we can expect the former LSU wideout to struggle on underneath routes, similarly to Wallace," explains the PFF analysis team. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, he possesses prototypical size for the pro level. Dural did not do much in LSU's watching-paint-dry passing game, but the fact that he played in a dead offense does not detract from his very real skills.
Feb 23 - 3:21 PM

LSU redshirt senior G Andy Dodd will transfer.

We assume he's leaving as a graduate. Dodd, a three-star recruit in the 2013 recruiting class, was ranked as the No. 17 guard in the country coming out of the prep ranks. He made one start across six appearances last season.
Feb 23 - 12:26 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares LSU ILB Kendell Beckwith (ACL) to Benardrick McKinney.

"Productive full-time starter over last two and a half seasons on talented LSU defenses," Zierlein wrote. "Has the size and spirit to play for teams expecting physicality from their inside linebacker, but his game comes with some athletic and coverage limitations. Before his injury, he could have come off the board on Day 2, but may see his stock fall into the third day now. He has starter's ability when healthy." Beckwith is currently rehabbing a torn ACL. He was leading the squad with 91 tackles and six TFL before tearing up his knee against Florida.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 22 - 4:18 PM

Based on Graham Barfield's charting, LSU RB Leonard Fournette faced 8-plus box defenders on 67% of his runs.

Barfield's database average for this many defenders is 31%, so the attention placed on Fournette by defenses is astonishing. In fact, Fournette faced 9-plus boxes on 22% of his charted runs. Barfield's work is outstanding, so be sure to click the link below and read the entire profile or listed to the latest Rotoworld Football Podcast.
Feb 22 - 11:12 AM

Pro Football Focus compared LSU RB Leonard Fournette to Los Angeles Rams RB Todd Gurley.

"Like Gurley, Fournette has a size-speed blend that doesn’t come around often. He’s a powerful runner who consistently finishes runs through contact," notes the PFF analysis team. While Fournette turned in an all-world performance in 2015 -- the best in the last three seasons by any back according to Pro Football Focus' metrics -- the outlet notes that during the past campaign he was "at times indecisive and quick to abandon the intended point of attack, and not nearly as effective at making defenders miss." PFF believes the biggest draft question with Fournette is "whether the decrease in his effectiveness [in 2016] was solely due to [a nagging ankle] injury, or if there are other aspects at play."
Feb 21 - 8:15 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes that LSU RB Leonard Fournette's showing at the NFL Scouting Combine will be crucial for his draft stock.

"Scouts need to see him at full speed in Indianapolis," Reuter writes. "His medical exams are also important, as team doctors will want to see how his ankle has healed." That nagging ankle injury prevented the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder from appearing in five games this past season. As Reuter notes, he toted the rock 20 or more times in just two contests. Due to the injury concern, Fournette saw his workload drop from 300 carries in 2015 to a mere 129 in 2016.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 5:22 PM

Arden Key Sr., the father of LSU junior edge rusher Arden Key, says his son is healthy and "fine."

It remains unclear why Key has taken a leave of absence. The Advocate confirmed that Key remains enrolled in school, but reported that it's not likely that Key will participate in spring practice. For it's part, LSU said in a statement that Key will return to the team at an "appropriate time." The school is reportedly hoping Key will return this summer. Key had 12 sacks, 56 tackles and three forced fumbles to earn first-team All-SEC honors in 2016. Walter Football projects Key as a first- to second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Feb 16 - 1:11 PM

LSU G Josh Boutte was not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.

It's a bit surprising that one of the SEC's best run blockers won't be in Indianapolis, especially since the offensive line class is so mediocre in this year’s draft. That said, the 6-foot-5, 342-pound Boutte is a work-in-progress as a pass blocker.
Feb 15 - 4:17 PM

LSU junior edge rusher Arden Key will take an unspecified leave of absence from the team "for personal reasons," according to HC Ed Orgeron.

"In consultation with our staff and his family, Arden Key has decided to take some time away from football for personal reasons," Orgeron said in a statement. "We fully support Arden in his decision and look forward to welcoming him back home to the Tiger family at the appropriate time." This news comes not long after Key was ranked by Pro Football Focus’ Gordon McGuinness as the best returning player in the SEC. McGuinness called Key "one of the most devastating pass-rushers in the country." Per PFF, Key averaged a sack, hit or hurry once every 5.4 pass-rushing attempts last season. PFF and ESPN’s Adam Rittenburg have both previously mentioned Key as a Heisman candidate. Should Key miss time this fall, it would be devastating to LSU's defense. It's too early to know how this developing situation will shake out.
Source: LSU Sports
Feb 15 - 3:14 PM

North Carolina is one of the dozen or so schools that have contacted LSU senior QB Brandon Harris since he announced he'd transfer.

The ex-Tigers quarterback told Scout that he already has "two final possibilities" for where he would like to transfer. "Right now, I kind of know where I want to be at," Harris told the recruiting website. "I have two final possibilities, but one really sticks out above the other." We aren't sure if UNC made the cut, but we do know that the Tar Heels have been heavily involved with grad transfer quarterbacks since the season ended; they are a rumored potential destination of Notre Dame's Malik Zaire.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 15 - 1:23 PM

LSU offensive coordinator Matt Canada said there will be a "wide open" battle this spring for the starting quarterback job.

Brandon Harris won't be a part of it, as he announced his transfer on Monday. The Tigers have five signal-callers remaining on scholarship. Danny Etling, a senior who started last season, is the early favorite to begin 2017 as the starter. He'll have to fend off redshirt sophomore Justin McMillan, redshirt freshman Lindsey Scott and true freshman Lowell Narcisse, a mid-year enrollee, in the spring. In the summer, prized Mississippi quarterback Myles Brennan will enroll and join the fray.
Feb 14 - 3:22 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes LSU CB Tre'Davious White is "woefully underrated."

"Had White entered last April’s draft he would’ve been a first-round pick, but his game leveled off and even regressed at some points last season," Pauline wrote. "Regardless, he still shows the ability to shut down receivers when opponents throw his way and plays tough, aggressive football." The analyst says White would be a "steal outside of the top-45 selections."
Feb 14 - 2:58 PM


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