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CBS Sports' Pete Prisco assigned the Falcons a 'B' grade for their 2016 draft haul.

Prisco's favorite pick by the Falcons would be Deion Jones. They drafted the 6-foot-1, 222-pound linebacker from LSU at pick No. 52 in the second round. Wrote Prisco, "He is the speed linebacker that they didn't take in the first round. Jones will be a nice run-and-chase player for the Falcons." The analyst is less keen on their selection of Florida S Keanu Neal in the first round, noting, "I know they think Neal is Kam Chancellor 2.0, but is he good enough in coverage? That's my concern." Prisco would have preferred Ohio State LB Darron Lee in Neal's place.
Source: CBS Sports
May 5 - 7:50 PM

Four-star QB Lowell Narcisse committed to LSU for 2017.

Whether HC Les Miles is even around to see Narcisse join the Tigers is a story for another day, but at least for now, he can rest contented with the knowledge that he landed a stud quarterback commitment. The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder announced his decision via Twitter and thanked the other programs that had danced with him. Among those, heavy hitters in Alabama and Auburn. ESPN 300 ranks him as their No. 38 overall prospect and No. 1 dual-threat QB for the 2017 cycle.
May 2 - 10:19 PM

Raiders selected LSU OG Vadal Alexander with the No. 234 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Alexander (6'5/326) made 46 career starts for LSU, 25 at left guard and 21 at right tackle. He earned second-team All-American honors as a senior. Long armed (35 1/4") with huge hands (10 1/2"), Alexander is a downhill power blocker who underachieved on college tape, too often failing to sustain blocks and consistently struggling with edge speed. Alexander's best chance to hang in the NFL will be as a mauling, phone-booth guard.
Apr 30 - 6:08 PM

Eagles selected LSU DB Jalen Mills with the No. 233 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft

Mills (6'0/191) played safety and nickel back at LSU, tallying eight career tackles for loss and six interceptions in 44 starts. Although Mills ran 4.61 in Indy, he excelled in the vertical (37") and broad (10'3") jumps as well as agility tests. Mills isn't a physical box safety, he's a fluid athlete who can hold his own in center field and drop down to cover the slot. Perhaps not a true difference maker, Mills' versatility should keep him in the league as a sub-package defensive back at worst. Mills played corner at the Senior Bowl and was running routes for opposing receivers.
Apr 30 - 6:08 PM

49ers selected LSU CB Rashard Robinson with the No. 133 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Robinson (6'2/171) was suspended indefinitely in November of 2014 and never earned reinstatement, missing the entire 2015 season. He finished his career with one interception in eight starts. Plenty talented, Robinson failed at LSU due to maturity issues and a lack of weight-room commitment. He's entirely too thin and managed five bench-press reps at the Tigers' Pro Day. Robinson isn't yet 21 years old and looks like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie getting off the bus, but he's going to have to make lifestyle changes to last in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 1:55 PM

Steelers selected LSU OL Jerald Hawkins with the No. 123 overall pick of the 2016 draft.

Hawkins (6'6/305) turned pro following his redshirt junior season after starting 37 games, 25 at right tackle and his final 12 on the left. Hawkins possesses an NFL body with long arms (34 1/4"), but he got pushed around too often in the SEC and tested out painfully poorly, running 5.23 with a 23 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot-4 broad jump at the Combine. Hawkins looks the part of an NFL left tackle, but doesn't move or play like one. He's a long shot to develop into a quality starter.
Apr 30 - 1:27 PM

Falcons selected LSU LB Deion Jones with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Jones (6'1/222) spent his first three college seasons as a reserve and special teamer before taking over as a starter in his senior year and leading the Tigers in tackles (100). Although he made only 12 career starts, Jones amassed 21 tackles for loss and five sacks. After running 4.59 in Indy, Jones made NFL mouths water with a 4.38 at LSU's Pro Day. Jones is undersized and relatively inexperienced, but he should earn early snaps on special teams and could eventually push to start after adding good weight. Jones is a high-floor prospect with sneaky upside.
Apr 29 - 8:59 PM

LSU TE Dillon Gordon declared for the NFL Draft on Friday.

Gordon did so after the NCAA denied his medical hardship request, which would have granted him a fifth year of eligibility. The 6-foot-5, 308-pounder is a TE/OT tweener who almost assuredly won't get drafted but will be in a camp this summer via a UDFA contract.
Apr 25 - 7:15 PM

LSU HC Les Miles believes junior RB Leonard Fournette needs to lose some weight.

"Leonard Fournette’s got to trim up," the coach said following Saturday’s spring game. "For him to get the speed he’s capable of, I think he needs to be lighter." Fournette is listed at 230 pounds. He posted 1,953 yards rushing with 22 rushing touchdowns as a true sophomore last season.
Apr 20 - 6:17 PM

LSU redshirt sophomore G Will Clapp is scheduled to undergo hip surgery on Thursday.

If the doctors deem is necessary, Clapp will also undergo surgery on a sports hernia at the same time. There's good news and bad news. The good is that Clapp is expected to be healed for the start of summer camp. The bad is he may not be a full participant, at least early on. Clapp was named to the All-SEC Freshman Team last year for his work as starting left guard.
Apr 20 - 5:37 PM

LSU senior ILB Kendell Beckwith was diagnosed with a lateral collateral ligament injury in his knee.

Fortunately, the injury, suffered in spring practice, won't require surgery. Instead, Beckwith is to rest. And luckily for him, he has several months in front of him to do just that. "I can rest it now. The type of injury it was, it’s got to heal over time," he said. "I feel like I’ll be good in another week or two." Beckwith ended up missing six spring practices, but was present as new DC Dave Aranda installed his 3-4 scheme. "The terminology was different, but once we got the hang of that, we were rolling," Beckwith said. "It’s just technique. (Aranda) really coaches hard on technique."
Apr 20 - 4:36 PM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin hears that LSU CB Rashard Robinson's visit to the Giants over the weekend "went really well."

In a gargantuan seven-round mock draft released by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler on Monday, he projected the Seahawks to select Robinson with pick No. 97, in the third round. You shouldn't gamble your life savings on that (Rule: Do not gamble any amount of savings on mock drafts), but don't be surprised if Robinson ends up a Day 2 selection. Robinson has not played college ball since 2013, as LSU knocked him with an indefinite suspension in 2014 and reinstatement never materialized, but he is a dynamic athlete and ran the 40-yard dash in the low-to-mid 4.4's during his Pro Day.
Apr 18 - 3:49 PM

Pro Football Focus' Steve Palazzolo called LSU OL Vadal Alexander "a late Day 3 prospect, at best."

Ouch. Over the past two seasons, Alexander graded out No. 96 among offensive tackles in this draft class according to PFF's metrics. That's not all: He had the second most penalties, with 12. His run blocking is a bit better, but it's not elite, ranking No. 33 over that span among draft-eligible Ts. Alexander will transition to guard in the NFL, but PFF isn't a fan of his game even there. "For a guard ... we'd like to see more dominance at the point of attack," it concluded.
Apr 16 - 9:41 AM

LSU LB Lamar Louis worked out for the Lions.

Louis was a "starter" for LSU the past two years, but actually spent most of his time on the bench due to shifting alignments. He's under 6-feet and 230 pounds, but runs well and plays hard, which should give him at least a camp look. "I'll be hearing from the Houston Texans soon," he said last week. "I feel about as good as I can feel. The Saints and Jets said I was on the board, probably the highest on the Jets board from the 6th round to free agent." Louis will likely go undrafted.
Apr 12 - 2:17 PM

At least 11 teams have shown interest in LSU LB Deion Jones in the form of private workouts or visits, according to Rand Getlin of NFL Media.

Jones had visits with the Saints, Ravens, Eagles, Colts and Jets. Add on private workouts with the 49ers, Dolphins, Titans, Lions, Falcons and Panthers, and the athletic, rangy linebacker is a well-researched prospect heading into the final weeks of the draft process. Jones is not Lavonte David, but he could be Telvin Smith and drafted in the top three rounds, like Telvin should have been.
Apr 12 - 9:32 AM


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