#9 Joe Burrow (rSr.) QB 6-4 216. Has appeared in 23 games with 13 starts. Graduate transfer from Ohio State in May of 2018. Comes from a football family. Father Jimmy Burrow is the defensive coordinator at Ohio University. Older brothers Jamie and Dan both played football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Named a permanent team captain following the 2018 regular season. A really fast learner. Arrived on campus in June of 2018 and picked up the offense quickly. Good athlete. Dual threat QB. Has good straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.65-4.75 40 range). Can pick up a good amount of yardage with his legs. Has an over head throwing motion with a smooth, quick and consistent release. Has clean footwork when he sets up to pass when he has a clean pocket. Has a good arm. Gets good velocity on his short and intermediate passes. Can fit strong passes into tight windows. Has good touch on the back shoulder fade. Sells the play action pass well. Shows good timing and accuracy on the quick slant.
Offense doesn’t require he go thru progressions much. Everything is telegraphed. Doesn’t scan the field from right to left or left to right. Goes to his first read which is predetermined. Passes always seem to go to the direction he’s originally facing. Will force throws to that primary receiver even when they are covered. Plays predominantly in the shotgun. Only under center for play action, quick screens or a hand off. Throws his passes with a straight front leg (left leg). Isn’t calm in the pocket under pressure. Eye level goes down. Allows pressure to rush him when it comes. Will rush thru his throwing motion and throw passes away almost as a first resort. Isn’t accurate to any level consistently. Throws are off on quick screens and dump offs that he has to loft to his RB. Passes tend to sail when he’s on the move/on the run. Inconsistent with his accuracy with passes 20+ yards downfield. Doesn’t drop passes in the bucket. Overthrows or misses high over the middle. Doesn’t protect himself as a runner very well. Will run into a defender with his right throwing shoulder and arm. Lacks the feel for pressure from his blind side. Doesn’t have an internal clock that warns against defenders baring down on him. Holds the ball too long when his first read is covered. Has an issue with fumbles.
He has very solid tools for a next level QB prospect. He has good size, a good but not great arm and very good athleticism. He can learn an offense fast as well. He started to call his own audibles at the LOS in the later stages of the 2018 season. He takes too many hits both as a runner and as a pocket passer. On one end he was failed by his receivers with drops on a lot of very catchable balls but on the other was also aided by defenders who couldn’t catch a few too many very catchable INT’s as well. He is not to be trusted throwing to the intermediate and deep middle of the field. He lacks touch and has a tendency to miss high and beyond his receivers. That adds up to only INT every time. Not looking off of your primary target and throwing into triple coverage is an awful recipe and will never get you any success (vs. Alabama 2018, 1st & 10, 4th quarter, 5:13 to play). Not looking off of your primary target who is covered while another receiver is streaking down the seem for a wide open TD is another (vs. Texas A & M 2018, 1st & 10, 1st quarter, at the 2:57 mark). He simply isn’t tasked with processing anything as a passer in this LSU offense. Almost every time he drops back to pass it’s to a predetermined receiver as designed by the offensive coordinator. A good portion of his runs are designed as such. He’s a product of play designs that may work as opposed to him getting under center, recognizing what a defense is setting up to do to him and him figuring out a way to beat the defense. The offense will be a bit more varied in 2019 with more two TE sets and his comfort level should be really high but almost as equally important to the season will be the postseason. Either the East West Shrine Game and/or Senior Bowl plus the Combine and Pro Day will go a long way in determining his next level standing. He’s a developmental QB will a good amount of upside. 6th-UDFA.
#19 Derrick Dillon (rSr.) WR 5-11 184. Has appeared in 34 games with - starts. A very good athlete. Has excellent agility, quickness and speed. Appears to run in the 4.45-4.50 40 range. Has excellent acceleration after the catch. Seems to gain speed as he moves downfield. Has a forward lean like a RB running downhill. Runs with a low center of gravity. Has good balance after the catch. Gives good effort as a blocker.
Overaged. Will be well into his 24th year of age by the 2020 NFL Draft. Doesn’t have much career production (36 catches, 432 yards and 2 TD’s). A slot receiver only. Small in stature. Lacks a great deal of functional football strength. Isn’t a sharp route runner. Doesn’t run crisp enough routes or show the short area quickness required for the type of short routes he runs. Has a few repetitive routes. Runs a very limited amount of routes in the route tree in the slot. Doesn’t have consistent hands. Lacks the fundamentals as a pass catcher at times. Has had passes bounced directly off of his hands because he’s looking upfield before securing the catch. Tries as a blocker but doesn’t provide much resistance. Doesn’t latch on at a high rate as a blocker in space.
Has a lot going for himself athletically. He’s quick and fast and his acceleration after the catch is really eye opening once he gets into an open space. Those occasions aren’t put on display often enough however. When his number is called it’s usually for a very short route and quick throw for a short gain. No real opportunity or him to show his athleticism or break free for a long gain. He’s been more of an underneath type pass catcher and for the most part just a decoy or an afterthought. He’s underutilized unfortunately both as a receiver and as a returner where he has a running style that would benefit him as a return man. The WR and KR/PR situations are so deep that he doesn’t get the chances that he could to exploit his talents more. He’s also behind the eight ball as far as WR development because he’s limited to the slot WR route tree which isn’t varied. His chances of breaking out at this late stage are slim so he’ll have to capitalize on the opportunities given. He more than likely won’t gain much traction during the season because of said WR depth but he could and should be able to during the draft evaluation processes. He may not get a Combine invite but if he does he should create a buzz for himself as well as have a good showing at his Pro Day workout. If he isn’t drafted he should be a priority UDFA with a lot of suitors. 7th-UDFA.
#91 Breiden Fehoko (rSr.) NT/DT/DE 6-4 291. Has appeared in 33 games with 33 starts. Transferred from Texas Tech to LSU in April of 2017. Had to sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules. One of four siblings to play college football. Brother Whitley played for San Diego State while Sam and V. J. both played for Texas Tech. Versatile. Has experience at NT and DE in a 3-4. Has an impressive initial burst forward as a 0 technique. Uses that speed and quickness to rush throw gaps to get to the QB. Has quick hands and a quick swim move. Always gets his hands up to disrupt pass lanes.
Suffered a torn left triceps on October 13, 2018 against Georgia. Missed the following weeks game against Mississippi State but returned to action against Alabama on November 3, 2018. Missed the following two games and was officially ruled out for the season the same day as his season ending surgery on November 19, 2018. Missed all of spring practice in 2019. Very inconsistent with his pad level. Tends to rise straight up out of his stance at the snap. Loses the leverage battle and gets knocked back off of the ball. Doesn’t have great stamina. Appears to slow down and tire after being on the field for a good stretch. Will be the last to move off of the snap. Rises straight up out of his stance and is slow moving forward towards the OL in these instances as well. Is generally slower the further his is away from over the center. Isn’t a pass rusher. Has stiff hips. Doesn’t penetrate the LOS if he doesn’t succeed with his initial quickness. Rarely uses his hands. Stops his feet on contact. Gets into tug of war matches and always loses to OL with solid technique. Isn’t a stout run defender. Isn’t a man mover. On the ground far too often. Doesn’t occupy multiple blockers and isn’t a space eater.
Has a great initial burst at the snap but it comes with a proviso. He has to be fresh like at the beginning of the game or his pad level has to be good. The issue is he rarely has either going for him. He tires quickly which gets his technique all out of whack. He losses all functional ability to keep his pads down. He’s a rotational player only. Not many teams can afford to carry a DL who isn’t a run stopper or a pass rusher. He’s not either of these so it will be hard for him to catch on after the draft as an UDFA. He really needs to work on his pad level as well as uses his hands more and keeping his feet active in order for him to have any success from play to play. UDFA.
#12 Jonathan Giles (rSr.) WR/PR 6-1 186. Has appeared in 37 games with 11 starts. Transferred from Texas Tech to LSU in May of 2017. Had to sit out the 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules. A really good athlete. Has quick feet/nice stutter step off of the LOS. Gets off of the line against press coverage with his quickness.
Did not play in the Fiesta Bowl against UCF on January 1, 2019 due to undisclosed reasons. A slot receiver only. On the lean side with little growth potential. Isn’t a sharp route runner. Lacks clean footwork into his routes. Gets knocked off of his route as a route runner too often. Doesn’t plant his foot into the ground into or out of his breaks firmly. Gets bumped off track at this point into his route. Doesn’t have a feel for finding the holes in a zone. Runs out and plants himself into a spot and stays there without creating space for his QB to find him. Will drop an easy pass attempt off of his hands.
Has very good athleticism and is a multifaceted player. His ability to be both a receiver and punt returner are great at enhancing his value. He had a disappointing and underwhelming 2018 season but that can be attributed to very many things outside of him. He was one of a group of receivers that rotated in and out and there were opportunities that he could have been targeted being as though he was open but the QB didn’t look in his direction. What he didn’t do himself was distinguish himself in any way. He didn’t create any separation as a route runner which limited his catches because his QB didn’t see an open receiver in his direction. When he did catch a pass he didn’t create space and gain any yards after the catch. 10 catches for 59 yards and 0 TD’s doesn’t make for a viable next level prospect so he has to somehow step up his production in a more realistic and conventional type offense than what he used to play in at Texas Tech. Really needs an uptick in production as well as a solid if not spectacular Pro Day in order to be in the discussion as a viable next level prospect. UDFA.
#73 Adrian Magee (rSr.) RT 6-4 335. Has appeared in 25 games with 5 starts. Has football bloodlines at LSU. Cousin Terrence Magee was a RB at LSU from 2011-2014. Versatile. Has in starting experience at RT, LT and OG. A massive human being! Really wide shoulders with long arms with a big trunk, thick thighs and calves. Extremely strong. Shows good off good athleticism. Has good coordination and his body is in sync from top to bottom in all of his movements at times. Has a nimbleness to him on his feet. Will flash good lateral agility. His first step in his kick slide is everything! Takes a perfect step and is almost always in position to move laterally when taking on a defender. Absorbs power really well. Reanchors in a hurry. Doesn’t get pushed back into the pocket.
Suffered a broken foot in August of 2015 that required surgery. Was redshirted as a result of the injury as a freshman. Suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of season opener against Miami on September 2, 2019. Missed the following three games as a result. Very inconsistent in his technique. Appears to be very clumsy and at times lazy. Upper and lower body are rarely in sync. Has bad balance. Big lower body causes for a slower and less smoother transference of weight from one direction to the other. A waist bender. Gets beaten on his own accord as a pass blocker. Will make a misstep in his kick slide which allows a defender around his outside shoulder. Will stop his feet on contact a lot. Allows defenders under his pads and loses control of his movements when they push. Has slow hands at times. Doesn’t have good hand placement. Hands flail and go wide before contact is made with the defender. Doesn’t play up to his size and strength. Can’t sustain a block due to defenders being able to slide out of his clutches. Isn’t a powerful run blocker. Isn’t a mauler. Hand punch isn’t overly effective. Doesn’t move defenders off of the ball. Rarely latches on at the second level when playing as a pulling G.
He has come a long way in his development and he’s a good athlete but he can’t seem to get it to come together. He lost out on his starting position at two positions and a lot of playing time because of his inconsistencies. He has gone thru a physical transformation as far as weight loss since he’s been in the strength and conditioning program but he could stand to come down a bit more to rid himself of the bad weight that he still carries. It’s mainly in his lower body and if he could get that part of his body to slim down slightly it could help with his sluggishness. Aside from the weight he has to be coached up big time because he has some very useful tools but can’t seem to put it all together on a consistent basis. His game seemed to have regressed as the season wore on. Early in the Miami game before his knee injury he looked really good as well as at LT in his return against Ole Miss. Things went downhill from there where his technique lagged and he seemed out of wack physically. If he can reclaim that player from early 2018 he is a definite next level prospect. He’s a RT who did look comfortable at LT as a plug in and the added bonus of being able to play OG helps as well. May not have a starters roles so everything is up in the air unless he can grab the bull by the horns and get his act together. 7th-UDFA.
#11 Dee Anderson (Sr.) WR 6-6 229. Has appeared in 31 games with 6 starts. Versatile. Has experience outside and in the slot. Has great size for the position. Has long arms with an incredible wingspan. Good athlete. Has good speed (appears to run in the 4.55-4.60 40 range). Has really good coordination for a player his size. Fluid and agile with little stiffness. Strong and aggressive after the catch. Tough to tackle and bring down. Makes good catches along the sideline. Has good technique as a blocker. Lowers his trunk and puts strength behind his blocks. Latches on and sustains. Puts a lot of effort into blocking.
Missed his senior year of high school due to a suspension and dismissal from one school and a district ruling stating that he couldn’t play at another school. Suffered an undisclosed injury in fall camp in 2017. Was suspended for the season opening game against BYU on September 2, 2017 for a violation of team rules. Missed the following four games due to an undisclosed injury. Was out for the game against Georgia on October 13, 2018 for undisclosed reasons. Missed the Fiesta Bowl on January 1, 2019 against UCF due to undisclosed reasons. Doesn’t have much career production (27 catches, 392 yards and 1 TD). Isn’t a major red zone threat. Doesn’t box out defenders with his size. Isn’t an aggressive pass catcher. Allows for passes to be contested. Leaves too big a target to be jammed in press coverage. Is very upright in his release off of the LOS. Very leggy. Isn’t a fluid route runner. Takes a step too many at the top of his routes. Doesn’t break down and come back to the ball without a little hitch on comeback routes. Lacks the quickness needed to sink his hips and run the slot receiver routes as well. Doesn’t get much yards after the catch.
He has a combination of size, speed and strength that are hard to find. He’s a really intriguing talent but that talent has yet to manifest itself into production. He’s also had some behavioral issues as well as issues on the injury front that need a lot of looking in to. Has lack of production is hard to understand considering his talent level. He saw good field time despite having to be in a time share with a number of talented receivers so that isn’t the issue. He didn’t seem to make his size work in his favor. He didn’t get a great deal of red zone targets but the ones he got didn’t result in much. Aside from his TD catch in 3OT against Texas A & M in 2018 he hasn’t caught another TD much less a red zone TD. He has size that can’t be taught and that is highly coveted, added to his good speed and willingness to block and he could be a player who may be developed and evolve into a steal. Doesn’t post huge numbers in 2019 but should be an intriguing player to look at in the later stages of the draft. 6th-UDFA.
#45 Michael Divinity Jr. (Sr.) ILB/OLB 6-2 238. Has appeared in 32 games with 12 starts. Versatile. Has experience at rushing the passer as well as dropping back into coverage. Will line up at NCB depth at times. Good athlete. Has really good straight line speed. Has a good burst off of the snap. Has a quick and effective spin move that he uses on occasion as a pass rusher. Has really violent hands. Will push, pull and rip to get off of blocks. Really disciplined. Always keeps his eyes open. Reads his keys and doesn’t get fooled often. Keeps contain well.
Was suspended for the season opening game against BYU on September 2, 2017 for undisclosed reasons. Was suspended for the game against Southeastern Louisiana on September 8, 2018 due to a violation of team rules. Isn’t a flexible athlete. Lacks the ability to really bend around the outside shoulder that good/elite pass rushers need. Isn’t a natural pass rusher. Lacks pass rush moves. Doesn’t try to get around the OT’s outside shoulder enough. Tends to go at them head on instead of bend around them. Gets stuck to blocks no matter how hard he hand fights. Gives too much of his frame to the OT to block consistently. Remains upright in his backpedal when dropping into coverage. Doesn’t transition out of his backpedal smoothly. Has a bit of hip stiffness when changing direction. Will take bad angles to the ball at times due to his hip stiffness. Isn’t a stout run defender. Gets pushed back off of the LOS. Doesn’t lock out OL, TE’s or RB’s. Engages almost all blockers with his body instead of getting his arms extended.
He’s very quick as a pass rusher but it’s to engage with an OL instead of to get around them. He attacks them squarely which takes away from what was his goal before the snap was which is to get to the QB as fast as possible. He isn’t a really good player moving laterally or backwards. If he doesn’t get a head of steam moving forward he doesn’t have the strength to get off of blocks and make a play on the ball. He gets blocked out of plays by offensive players no matter how big or small they are. He won’t test well in agility drills in a Combine type setting but should do a little better on campus at his Pro Day workout but not enough to wipe away the memory of a less than stellar Combine. There is upside here but he would have to add more size and muscle mass to better sustain against OL and learn some pass rush moves because everything he currently does gets neutralized by OL with good technique. He has moved inside to ILB but it doesn’t change his next level trajectory because he still has issues with taking on blocks. 6th-UDFA.
#22 Kristian Fulton (Sr.) CB 6-0 192. Has appeared in 13 games with 10 starts. Has experience at both the boundary and field CB positions as well as in the slot. An excellent athlete. Has really good speed (appears to run in the 4.50 40 range). Has great fluidity, agility and mobility. Has zero stiffness in any of his movements. A quick twitch athlete. Really light on his feet. Has solid technique. Very economic in his body movements. Not a lot of wasted motion. Very smooth backpedal. Breaks on the ball swiftly. Springs out of his backpedal. A solid tackler. Looks to wrap up ball carriers and receivers when tackling. Triangulates well I’m off coverage. Receivers aren’t open when the QB looks in that direction because he’s in great position in zone. Uses his eyes very well. Has a keen sense of sight. Actually has a good sense of where the ball is in the air by watching the receivers eyes. Uses the sideline as an ally when playing outside leverage. Has good instincts as a blitzer. Disguised it well.
Was given a two year suspension for tampering with a drug test in February of 2017. He was found to have used another persons urine sample. Missed the 2017 season as a result. Was reinstated in August of 2018 after a successful appeal and after serving a one year ban. Suffered a left ankle injury on November 10, 2018 against Arkansas that resulted in season ending surgery. Was out for 2-3 months post surgery. Has less than ideal size for the position. Doesn’t look as big as he is listed as being. Has small bone structure with a really small waist. Doesn’t have much room for growth. Looks like more of a NCB in appearance than he does an outside CB. Isn’t a really strong player. Isn’t very experienced in bumping receivers at the LOS. Gets himself off balance on the few occasions he’s been tasked with doing so. Tends to overcommit and overcompensate for lack of strength by lunging at receivers at the LOS. Will miss some tackles at times. Has to go low in order to be assured of a tackle. Struggles some when making tackle attempts high. Doesn’t have too flight ball skills. Doesn’t always track the ball in the air well.
Suffered from some early season bouts of ring rust but as the season progressed he put it all together. His tools were all on full display late in the year before his injury. His quick twitch abilities showed and he was able to almost be a blanket on most plays. He has excellent man coverage skills and is almost as good in zone. While his skill set is very good he does lack size. He isn’t small but he’s closer to it than he is ideal. He won’t get much bigger but he has to try to get much stronger. He has a tough time with WR’s who have both size and strength. These are the types of players who get him off balance and otherwise give him a hard time. He has only played 13 out of LSU’s 38 total games in the past 3 seasons for various reasons and that is a lot of in game action that he has missed out on. He has to have a very productive and very healthy 2019 season in order to be drafted as high as he possibly can. His lack of great size may lessen his stock but a player of his caliber shouldn’t fall very far. 2nd-late 3rd round.
#90 Rashard Lawrence (Sr.) DE 6-3 317. Has appeared in 32 games with 23 starts. Has football bloodlines. Uncle Oliver Lawrence played LB at LSU from 1985-1989. Team leader. Named a permanent team captain following the 208 season. Has a big frame. Really broad shoulders with long arms. Has great weight distribution from top to bottom. Has a nonstop motor when he’s fresh. Very disruptive. An excellent athlete! Has the speed, agility and quickness of a much smaller athlete. Both quick and fast off of the snap (vs. Auburn 2018, 3rd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 12:46 mark). Shot out of a cannon type quickness and speed! Has better get off than OLB K’Lavon Chaisson!!! Has good technique. Gets off the ball with really good pad level. Uses his hands well to keep OL off of his frame. Has good pass rush moves. Rips, spins and will shoot gaps with pure speed. Converts speed to power swiftly. Gets double teamed a lot. Occupies multiple blockers on most plays. Stout. Can hold his ground at the point of attack as a run defender.
Suffered a left ankle injury in the season opening game against BYU on September 2, 2017. Missed the following two games against Chattanooga and Mississippi State. Came back on September 23, 2017 against Syracuse only to suffer an injury to the right ankle. Missed the following game on September 30, 2017 against Troy. Underwent surgery on his right knee in February of 2019 and missed all of spring practice. Has had a few penalties with lining up in the neutral zone. Doesn’t always maintain his gap discipline. Twists and contorts and shoots gaps and leaves them vacated. Shotgun draws and counters run in his vacated spot work well as counters to his movements. Tires due to the constant double teaming. Technique lessens when he’s tired. Rises up out of his stance. Doesn’t get off of the snap with a flurry of speed. Appears on the slow side in such instances. On the ground too much. Twists and contorts so much that he’s often off balance. Hands aren’t always active. Will get into bench press contests with OL a lot where he’s not able to come off of blocks in time to make a play on the ball. Gets neutralized by blockers with good technique. Has stretches where he can’t get past a blocker. Seems to be trying to cut thru a thicket of OL and can’t get thru.
He’s a great athlete and will test well in every drill at the Combine and Pro Day settings. His 10 yard split should be a sight to behold amongst the DL group. He has a great blend of size, speed and athleticism that will intrigue everyone who sees him perform. It’s an upper echelon trifecta. His personality will win teams over in interviews as well. All indications are he’s a great student, leader and above all else a great person. The force that he is does come at a cost however. He gets a lot of attention so he has a tough time of maintaining great stamina. He has to be in a rotation where he’s able to take a breather because he goes so hard and commands a lot of attention. This all seems to wear on him so he needs a solid rotation. He’s always all in and always goes all out. His level of speed and burst was less obvious later in the season but picked back up after getting some time off for the Bowl Game against UCF where it came back. He plays a sort of unsung role where he occupies blocks and lets his LB mates get all of the glory. He makes his second level mates better by being on the field and that won’t change anytime soon. Late 1st-late 3rd round.
#68 Damien Lewis (Sr.) RG 6-3 322. Has appeared in 13 games with 13 starts. JC transfer. Looks the part of an OG. Wide shoulders, short arms and a stocky frame with great weight distribution with most of it from his hips down. Has a big trunk, thighs and calves. A workout warrior. Has incredible upper and lower body strength. Has a personal best of 475 pounds on the bench press and 635 in the squat. Good athlete. Really coordinated in all of his movements. Has good mobility. Can get out to the second level with ease. Quick as a pulling G. Latches on at a good rate on the second level. Can cut block a defender on the move in the running game. A very effective cut blocker. Has a built in leverage advantage. Keeps his pad level low. Has powerful hands. Gets a hold of a DL and controls then. Doesn’t allow for them to slide out of his grasp.
Head isn’t always on a swivel. Doesn’t always see delayed blitzers. Will whiff on an occasional block on a quick defender. Stops his feet on contact. Gets into tug of war matches where he may get stuck when dealing with speed and or power. May lose balance and be on the ground.
Had an amazing first season as a starter considering he came from the junior college ranks where strength and conditioning and technique aren’t where they’re at on the Power 5 Conference level. His strength is already a big plus so another year of physical maturation could go a long way. He’s really hard to beat being as though he’s really athletic. Defenders had to do some clever things to get past him in one on one tussles. Grabbing his jersey and ripping him in one direction while moving in the other is the smartest and quickest way to beat him and not get called for a penalty (vs. Alabama 2018, DE Raekwon Davis this entire game. There matchup was an epic battle and should be again in 2019). He has a great deal of upside and playing another year of collegiate ball should help his stock soar really high. Will be one of the top players on the bench press considering his strength level and his short arms. Should test well in OL drills as well. 2nd-early 4th round.
#97 Glen Logan (rJr.) DE/NT 6-4 297. Has appeared in 25 games with - starts. Has very good size for the position. Has wide shoulders with long arms and very good weight distribution throughout his frame. Versatile. Has experience at DE and NT in a 3-4 front. Decent athlete. Has a nonstop motor. Hustles hard to make a play. Chases plays down across and downfield. Gets a good amount of his production in this manner. Holds the point of attack well at times as a run defender.
Lacked motivation early in his collegiate career. Was at 320 pounds but lost 40 pounds to get down to 280 and reshaped his body and added muscle. Isn’t a sudden athlete. Lacks a great burst off of the snap. Always the last DL moving at the snap (although Fehoko and Lawrence are exceptionally quick). Doesn’t come off of the snap with a good pad level. Rises up out of his stance too high. Has a tough time disengaging from blocks. Doesn’t get good push or penetration at the point of attack. Doesn’t have fast or active hands. Lacks a strong hand punch to jolt OL back. Doesn’t ever need to be double teamed. When he does get doubled he gets obliterated. Allows himself to get out leveraged as a run defender. Doesn’t have much upside as a pass rusher. Lacks any pass rush moves. Every snap is straight ahead into the OL and forward progress ceases. Doesn’t make himself skinny, use swim or rip moves or attempt to go around OL.
He has the good size and strength needed to play DE in a 3-4 defense. Aside from that he has yet to show that he has much next level upside. He isn’t a pass rusher and he isn’t a standout run defender either. He isn’t an active participant in the opponents backfield in any way. He only had .5 tackles for loss in 2018 that didn’t come from a sack. He isn’t an impact player at this stage of his career. His inability to get off blocks is a constant and a consistent thing. If he’s to have a future beyond these two years of eligibility he has remaining he has to learn how to use his hands so much better than he currently does. There has to be a show of creativity in getting past blocks. He does have two years to improve but at his current rate he isn’t going to get to be a next level prospect. Doesn’t declare.
#10 Stephen Sullivan (Sr.) WR 6-7 232. Has appeared in 34 games with 9 starts. Has incredible size for the position!!! Has matchup nightmare size. Has extremely long arms. An unreal catch radius. He has the wingspan of a 747. He’s wiry but has a solid frame. Carries a lot of weight on that frame. Versatile. Has experience in the X, Y and Z positions. Good athlete. Has good straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.60 40 range). Doesn’t show much stiffness for a bigger athlete. A natural hands catcher. Has big, strong hands. Gives good effort as a blocker. Will extend and lock out the defender and keep his feet moving.
Doesn’t have much career production (34 catches, 582 yards and 3 TD’s). Isn’t a very fast or sudden athlete. Has one speed. Isn’t a breakaway threat. Has a tall release off of the LOS. Can be easily jammed in press coverage. Isn’t a refined route runner. Doesn’t break down into or out of his breaks. Runs very deliberate routes. Lacks good footwork as a route runner. Feet slow down on his out routes. Lacks savvy in his short routes. Will get hit and knocked off of his route and not know how to recover. Isn’t experienced in finding holes in zone coverage. Doesn’t make the contested catch as he should. Doesn’t have great strength despite his size. Doesn’t sustain his blocks on the perimeter.
He has size that you rarely see and definitely can’t teach. It’s like a big man in basketball where size is such a great commodity that teams will be willing to mold it in hopes of getting a diamond. That applies here as well. It’s the most intriguing feature he possesses along with decent enough speed to get downfield and be a red zone threat. Therein lies the problem. Through both reason beyond his control as well as within his control he hasn’t been that red zone target his size would indicate he’d be. He isn’t aggressive enough a pass catcher. He doesn’t use his size to his advantage. He doesn’t box out or show a lot of fight when the ball is in the air. On the other hand he doesn’t get consistent snaps in the red zone and when he is on the field there he isn’t targeted. The teams WR depth is really deep and talented so he will have to maximize the snaps he does get more so than he’s ever done to this point in his collegiate career if he’s to get drafted. He’s a developmental prospect who needs a lot of route running refinement but his size and speed might be enough to get him drafted late. 7th-UDFA.
#43 Ray Thornton (rJr.) OLB 6-4 226. Has appeared in 18 games with 4 starts. Versatile. Has experience at both the Bench OLB (pass rusher) and Field OLB (coverage) positions. Has a nonstop motor. Loves to run. Will chase the ball down sideline to sideline. A really good athlete. Has excellent straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.55-4.60 40 range). Covers a lot of ground per stride. Gets out to the flats quickly. An extremely strong player. Gets a strong upfield push as a pass rusher. When he uses strength he moves OL. Very stout. Doesn’t get pushed back off of the ball. Uses a stiff arm to keep OL off of his frame. Sets the edge well as a run defender. Solid tackling technique. Good tackler. Solid in the open field. Will break down and wrap up the ball carrier.
Suffered an undisclosed injury against Auburn on September 15, 2018 on the opening kick off. Missed the following weeks game against Louisiana Tech on September 22, 2018 as a result. Doesn’t have much career production (31 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1 sack). Not quite stiff but very straight lineish. Lacks a pass rushers bend. Rarely attempt Los to go around an OT’s outside shoulder. Goes at them head on instead of trying to get around them. Doesn’t have any pass rush moves. Doesn’t always show great play recognition. He will over pursue and get out of position on RPO’s and trick plays.
He has a very intriguing athletic profile. He’s big, strong and fast and still has more growth potential in the size and strength department. He’s very impressive in the weight room and although the strength is evident his athleticism hasn’t translated into a great deal of playing time and production. He is behind on the depth chart and if he doesn’t make strides he could find himself buried further down with a talented freshman capable of getting on the field. He can cover and is a good defender in the running game but as a pass rusher he needs to learn to use more bend. He may not get a chance at a lot of playing time again unless someone gets injured again so there’s no reason to declare unless he outperforms everyone during the spring and fall and plays lights out during the season. Doesn’t declare.
#44 Tory Carter (Jr.) FB 6-2 259. Has appeared in 24 games with 5 starts (4 at FB and 1 at TE). Has great size for the position. Has good athleticism. Has good straight line speed and good lateral agility and fluidity. Doesn’t have a lot of hip stiffness. Will give a good effort as a blocker. Has good hands as a pass catcher.
Was suspended for the Southeastern Louisiana game on September 8, 2018 for a violation of team rules. Has very little career production (2 carries for 4 yards and 0 TD’s along with 10 catches for 100 yards and 2 TD’s). Rarely lines up as a FB in a traditional sense. Positioned in the B gap directly behind/in between the OT and OG or off of the attached TE’s outside shoulder. Lacks good blocking technique. Doesn’t get a lot of power behind his blocks. Isn’t a man mover or a mauler. Defenders tend to shed him after initial contact. Doesn’t latch on at a high rate in the open field. Doesn’t run a diverse amount of routes out of the backfield. Runs flat routes only as a pass catcher.
He has better than average athleticism for a FB. He has some versatility having some experience at TE. His calling card is blocking though and it’s a role he loves. He loves the physicality of the position and never shies away from and clash with any player no matter their size. He has to work on his blocking technique though because he is easily evaded by most defenders in open space. He’s not a candidate to leave early because he is far from a refined or finished prospect and the position of FB isn’t a valued one any longer. Doesn’t declare.
#4 K’Lavon Chaisson (rSo.) OLB 6-4 238. Has appeared in 13 games with 4 starts. Versatile. Has experience as a pass rusher as well as dropping back in coverage. Has a tremendous motor. Never gives up on a play. Will chase a ball carrier down from the backside to make a play. An exceptional athlete! Has otherworldly quickness and straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.4 40 range). Moves around like the Flash. At the speed of light. Speed and quickness are immediate at the snap. Overwhelms OL with sheer speed or the power generated with the speed. Gets good push to shrink the pocket. Has a high football IQ. Has good anticipation of play calls. Doesn’t get tricked or fooled (vs. Notre Dame 2018, 1st quarter, 1st & 10 at the 7:35 mark and again in the 1st quarter, 3rd & 10 at the 6:45 mark. Two near INT’s). Really stout as a run defender. Doesn’t get knocked back off of the LOS. Keeps OL off of his frame by locking out. Disengages in time to make a play on the ball. Springs off of the initial block to chase down and make plays on the ball. A sure tackler. Looks to wrap up and not go for the big hit.
Suffered a season ending torn left ACL in the season opening game against Miami on September 2, 2018. Still relatively inexperienced as a football player (only entering his fifth year of play, 2 years in high school and 2 on the collegiate level, injured for all but 1 game in 2018) and in in game experience and production (32 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 3 sacks, 2 of which came against Chattanooga in 2017). Has a grand total of 374 defensive snaps for his career (313 in 2017 and 61 in 2018). Still is on the lean and thin side. Has skinny arms and legs with no thickness to his calves. Really straight lineish. Has some lower body stiffness. He doesn’t have great bend and flexibility from the waist down. Doesn’t curve or bend around. Lacks an array of pass rush moves. Spin moves as a pass rusher are more like him going straight ahead towards the OL in a circle and not around. Doesn’t flip his hips and turn smoothly in coverage.
He’s a different sort of athlete. Not just with his unreal speed and quickness on the field but with his ability to make a speedy recovery from injury as well. He was back to running sprints in December of 2018. He has great upside as a pass rusher and as a run defender and as a coverage OLB as well. He has high level intelligence for the game which is rare for a player with such little experience. He diagnoses fast and stops potentially big plays from occurring. His athleticism is always on display as well. He will show great first step explosiveness and quickness in drills at the Combine but struggle in drills that require changing direction. He may stumble and fall in those drills. He has tremendous speed and quickness but no bend. He lacks the lower body flexion to be an elite next level pass rusher. What he possesses is frightening on the positive side as well as on the negative. He may have no peer physically as far as burst but he doesn’t have what’s needed to beat next level OT’s either. They make adjustments and he doesn’t have that extra needed to get around their quickness, power and strength. He may throw a 101 mph fastball but it has no movement. If they catch up he has no counter for that. He should most definitely have a good to great 2019 season and declare after making some jaw dropping highlight reel plays but there’s a lot that lies beneath that isn’t so obvious in those highlights. There aren’t many if any great pass rushers around who can’t actually get around an OT’s outside shoulder. He may be a boom or bust type who eventually will have to be moved around and used on delayed blitzes and stunts to be successful. 1st-2nd round.
#77 Saahdiq Charles (Jr.) LT 6-5 305. Has appeared in 23 games with 19 starts. Versatile. Has experience at LT, RG and RT (Has started 17 games at LT, 1 at RG and 1 at RT). Has excellent size for the position. Has broad shoulders, nice arm length with good weight distribution throughout his frame. Really good athlete. Very light on his feet. Has dancing bear type feet.
Had left shoulder surgery in January of 2018. Missed 12 of the 14 spring practices as a result. Was suspended for the September 8, 2018 game against Southeastern Louisiana for a violation of team rules. Suffered a leg injury (undisclosed) against Auburn on September 15, 2018 and missed the Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss games on September 22, 2018 and September 29, 2018 respectively. Doesn’t have great functional football strength. Hand punch isn’t strong and doesn’t affect the defender much. Defenders will slide out of his clutches when engaged at times. Doesn’t generate any strength in his blocks on the move. Gets knocked down by LB’s and at times DB’s at the second level. Is on the ground too much. Isn’t consistent or sound in his technique. Has poor hand usage. Hands tend to be low and wide once he starts his kick slide. Arms tend to flail as well as be too low. He’s a waist bender. Does a lot of lunging and over extending at defenders. Balance becomes an issue. Does a good amount of whiffing. Repeatedly stops his feet when anticipating the initial contact. When that timing is thrown off he loses no matter the defenders speed. Overcommits and overcompensates because of the defenders speed and even gets spun around (vs. Florida 1st quarter, 3rd & 6 at the 12:07 mark and again vs. Florida 4th quarter, 2nd & 11 at the 8:29 mark).
He’s a good athlete with size. That’s about where his positives end. It’s all lies in his extremely poor technique. His hand placement gets him in a lot of trouble. Allows defenders to get by him even though his feet are in good standing, he uses his right hand only in attempting to fend them off. He essentially ushers the defender towards his QB. He gives up too many pressures, hurries, passes batted down and sacks. He brings a lot of harm his QB’s way and he’s the blindside protector. His body lacks a calm and a cohesiveness even though he’s coordinated. He’s far from a refined or finished product and it will take for him to exhaust his eligibility and maybe even beyond in order for him to become a viable and solid next level prospect. Doesn’t declare.
#76 Austin Declulus (Jr.) RT 6-7 321. Has appeared in 26 games with 12 starts (11 at RT and 1 at LT). Versatile. Has starting experience at RT and LT and some at LG. Has excellent size for the position. Has broad shoulders with long arms and legs. Decent athlete. Big and powerful. Can lock out defenders and keep a great distance between them and himself with his long arms. Has a really strong hand punch. When he gets his hands on a defender he gets great push.
Has a different build. Has long arms and legs with a short torso. Hips are set really high. High cut. Never has the advantage against the defender with leverage. Pad level is always high. Isn’t a good athlete. Has slow lumbering feet. Lacks lateral agility. Doesn’t redirect his weight well at all (vs. Georgia 2018, 1st quarter, 3rd & 5 at the 9:42 mark and vs. Alabama 2018, 2nd quarter, 3rd & 5 at the :57 mark). Has a labored kick slide. Has poor technique. Isn’t always coordinated in his movements. Hand placement isn’t consistent due to his at times gangly arm movements. The same applies to his legs and feet. Isn’t very aware of his surroundings. Doesn’t keep his head on a swivel. Doesn’t recognize defenders coming thru the B gap until it’s too late to react. Isn’t a second level blocker. Doesn’t latch on in space against quicker defenders. Doesn’t get to his spots much as a run blocker. Does a lot more attempting at cut blocking then he does down blocking.
His strength and power are his assets. He has the power to push around and bully defenders. His game is extremely flawed in every other way though. It all mostly has to do with his physical makeup. He can’t maintain proper balance when contending with speed, power or a variation of movement by a defender. Was pulled from both the Mississippi State and Alabama games for ineffective play due to the reasons above. Things have to be ideal for him in order for him to have any measure of success against DE’s. Getting set is ideal but that doesn’t account for defenders getting on him quicker than he can get set. He doesn’t have the athleticism to succeed in any drills in a Combine type setting. His strength wouldn’t appear impressive either in the bench press because his arms are so long. He has two years of eligibility remaining and there’s no reason at all for him to leave early. He has to stave off the younger competition that’s on the roster as well as a few veterans. Doesn’t declare.
#7 Grant Delpit (Jr.) SS/FS/LB 6-3 203. Has appeared in 26 games with 23 starts. Named a permanent team captain following the 2018 season. Extremely versatile. Has experience at SS, FS, NCB and at the "F" OLB position which is a 9 technique role. Does it all!!! Does it all very well. Has really good size for the position. Tall with long arms and legs. An excellent athlete! Very fluid in all of his movements. Has really good agility. Has fast feet in his backpedal. Springs out of his backpedal. Has a high football IQ. Has a vast understanding of the defense and his many roles in it. Has high level instincts. Seems to see plays develop before they have and reacts swiftly. Has great anticipation. Covers a lot of ground as a single high S. Can get over to help his CB on intermediate and deep passes towards the sideline. Has centerfielder type range (vs. Ole Miss 2018, 2nd & 15, 1st quarter at the 14:56 mark). A great blitzer. Has an extra gear and becomes a heat seeking missile the closer he gets to the QB. Has good bend around the OT’s outside shoulder. A solid tackler. Really good tackler in the open field. Knows how to take proper angles to the ball.
Has a thin and narrow build. Stays a bit upright in his backpedal. Misses on some tackles. Will go low to cut down ball carriers below the knees but not wrap them up.
He’s a very rare athlete, with very rare talents. Not many have had such a vast and polished skill set. Has a natural feel for the game and seems to do everything right. Whether it be keeping contain on a blitz against the RPO (vs. Miami 2018, 3rd quarter, 1st and 10 at the 2:44 mark) or reading the QB’s eyes and dropping back into coverage from the LB position and getting into the passing lane to bat down a pass (vs. Georgia 2018, 3rd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 5:47 mark). He doesn’t seem to have a weakness. Close to the LOS, on the second level or deep playing quarters he’s rock solid. He’s a high impact player no matter where he’s lined up. He’s a strong run supporter who plays in the box, a ball hawking rangy centerfielder and a QB hunter on the blitz. He’s a player you want to avoid but can’t because he’s everywhere. He has to make sure he always wraps up as a tackler but aside from that he’s the definition of everything you’d want in a DB. Top 15 pick.
#22 Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Jr.) RB/KR 5-9 212. Has appeared in 26 games with 0 starts. Has a solid build. Short and stocky with a strong lower half. A really good athlete. Has good speed. Has very good short area quickness. A naturally patient runner. Allows for his blocks to set up before he makes his move. Really shifty. Uses subtle but very effective movements to shake defenders in a phone booth. Has a one cut and upfield running style. Can break an ankle or two with that one cut. Has a low center of gravity. Runs with a forward lean. Always falls forward when tackled. A very hard tackle. Has excellent balance thru contact. Takes multiple tacklers to bring him down at times. Has good hand(s) as a pass catcher (vs. Auburn 2018, 1st quarter, 2nd & 10 at the 9:07 mark). Has a powerful stiff arm (vs. Georgia 2018, 2nd quarter, 2nd & 10 at the 7:14 mark). Protects the ball well as a ball carrier. Picks up the blitz well. Keeps his head on a swivel. Gets to his spots quickly to pick up the blitz. An effective cut blocker. Has good vision as both a RB and KR. Can see the lanes develop and get upfield.
Was involved in an off campus shooting on December 22, 2018. A prosecutor said he and freshman teammate Jared Small were found to have used justified force in the fatal shooting of an 18 year old who was attempting to rob them. Has less than ideal size. Has short arms and small hands. He’s quicker than he is fast. Doesn’t have breakaway speed (appears to run in the 4.55-4.60 40 range). Doesn’t have a wealth of experience (155 carries for 689 yards and 7 TD’s along with 14 catches for 142 yards and 0 TD’s). Hesitant behind the LOS at if he doesn’t see a hole in short yardage situations at times. Hasn’t gotten consistent snaps on 3rd and 4th downs as of yet.
He’s a powerful small back who’s more bell cow than he is a scat back or 3rd down back. He’s has the athletic capabilities to be an every down RB and this year he can begin to prove it. He is small in stature but he plays big. He’s a bonafide player despite his size. His size shouldn’t be much of an issue in fact. Has a good bounce to the outside and back to power after his upfield cut. He’s elusive and evasive so he can avoid taking a major beating game after game. He can become a star if his OL blocks better than it did in 2018. He really had no holes to run thru because the lines performance was subpar. He has a solid skill set but lacks the game breaking speed you’d want from a smaller player. He will again be in a timeshare at the position but he should get the lions share of the work. He can really begin to build his resume and show that he has future next level potential. Doesn’t declare.
#33 Todd Harris Jr. (Jr.) FS 5-11 186. Has appeared in 24 games with 1 start. Versatile. Has experience at FS, lined up in the slot and outside at CB. A ST performer as well. A really good athlete. Has really good speed (appears to run in the 4.45-4.50 40 range) jumping ability. Has really good agility and fluidity. Light on his feet. Moves fast in his backpedal and springs out of it. Stronger than he looks. A willing tackler. Uses good strength and form. Good tackler in the open field. Stout. Fights thru blocks without giving up ground.
Suffered a concussion against Miami on September 2, 2018. Missed the following weeks game against Southeastern Louisiana on September 9, 2018 as a result. Suffered an undisclosed injury on November 10, 2018 against Arkansas and missed the following weeks game against Rice on November 17, 2018 as a result. Doesn’t have much career production (35 tackles, 1 INT) as a part time and backup player. On the small side. Has a slight frame. Has a slime waist with thin thighs and calves. Inconsistent in his technique. Opens up out of his backpedal too soon in coverage. Isn’t very rangy on the back end. Won’t make it to help out his CB much on deep passes. Takes bad angles to the ball on slant route receptions. Will miss on some tackles. Goes low without wrapping up. Will go high and not have enough muscle to bring a man down. Can be a drag down tackler at times.
He has a lot of natural physical ability. When given the opportunity he has flashed his capabilities. He has a fearlessness as a ST and as a defender that belies his lack of size. He will more than likely be a backup this season so he won’t be able to show who and what he is with the minutes he’ll receive. He has time still to mature physically and show out in time. He’s a very talented player contending with players who are very talented as well on his roster so being as though he’s in a timeshare he has no reason to consider leaving early. Doesn’t declare.
#2 Justin Jefferson (Jr.) WR 6-2 185. Has appeared in 19 games with 13 starts. Has LSU football bloodlines. Older brothers Jordan played QB from 2008-2011 and Rickey played DB from 2013-2016 and is currently on the New Orleans Saints roster. Versatile. Has experience lined up in all three WR positions. Tall with a lean frame. Has long arms for a big catch radius. Good athlete. Has good speed. Quick and strong off of the line against press coverage. Has really good short area quickness. Know how to set up defenders and sell his routes. Has a sense of where the holes are in the zone. Has good hands as a pass catcher. Has good focus and concentration. Has very good body control in the air (vs. Auburn 2018, 1st quarter, 1st & 10 at the 9:34 mark). Approaches defenders with ferocity as a blocker. Blocks thru the defenders chest and drives his legs.
Has a slender, skinny frame. Needs to add weight and muscle mass. Has really thin limbs. Arms, legs and calves are thin. Doesn’t have much growth potential. Doesn’t have great speed (appears to run in the 4.55 40 range). Isn’t a seem buster or can’t stretch the defense deep. Only a short to intermediate pass catcher. Isn’t a refined route runner. Falls short of being sharp. Has spotty footwork in and out of his breaks. Lacks good blocking technique. Goes into a full lunge almost immediately at the snap.
He’s a good athlete and a very reliable pass catcher. His versatile and smarts out there are obvious when you see him line up all over the formation and he’s generally the man in motion. He’s soaked up a lot of information and processes it very well and uses it all to be a very productive player. He isn’t the most physically gifted player though. He isn’t a complete receiver. He’s a short to intermediate receiver who isn’t a deep threat. He’s more slot receiver than anything else. He doesn’t win for jump balls or contested passes downfield. He has to work on his route running in order to be a top notch slot receiver. He has some good components that he should be able to improve upon but he’s far from a finished product. Doesn’t declare.
#6 Jacob Phillips (Jr.) ILB 6-4 229. Has appeared in 24 games with 12 starts. Versatile. Has experience lined up at ILB and outside at OLB. Has great size for the position. Has broad shoulders with long arms and legs. Appears to be capable of adding upwards to 20 pounds without compromising any athleticism. Good athlete. Has good straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.60 40 range). Closes fast on the ball in a straight line. Really stout. Doesn’t lose ground when engaged with an OL. Does good work inside the tackle box as a run defender. A sure tackler on the inside. Gets thru trash well.
Was investigated for a possible rape of an LSU female student athlete in June of 2017. He was never arrested or charged. Was penalized for targeting against Southeastern Louisiana on September 8, 2018. Was ejected for the second half of the game as a result. Missed the game against Florida on October 6, 2018 due to an undisclosed injury suffered against Ole Miss the week prior. Suited up and warmed up for the Florida game but was never inserted into the game. Was again penalized for targeting in the 4th OT against Texas A & M on November 24, 2018. Had to sit out the first half of the Fiesta Bowl against UCF on January 1, 2019. Isn’t a great athlete. Seems a bit stiff in the hips. Isn’t light on his feet. Isn’t a fluid mover. Stays upright and is deliberate in his backpedal. Doesn’t spring out of it quickly. Has to take an extra step before moving forward. Just as deliberate laterally. High cut. Doesn’t break down well in space. Will miss tackles because he can’t sink his hips and drive thru a ball carrier. Doesn’t always read and react quickly (vs. Auburn 2018, 2nd quarter, 1st & Goal at the 1:35 mark). Doesn’t disengage quickly. Takes too long to come off of blocks in time to make a play on the ball. Isn’t much of a pass rusher. Lacks the ability to bend around an OT’s outside shoulder.
He’s a throwback type of LB. He shows himself to be a stout run defender who does well in between the tackles. He’s a productive player against the run but that’s where his abilities lie. He’s a two down LB. He’s stiff hipped and really does have a noticeable issue with movement in space. He’s not instinctive in coverage where there’s a much bigger picture to observe and much more ground to cover. He can’t flow to the ball or turn and run. For these reasons he won’t test well in the agility drills in a Combine or Pro Day setting. He’s still far from refined in what he does do well which is as a run defender. He has to learn how to take on blocks and shed them quicker and process quicker. Not much will change for him in space because his hips are what they are but he could become a better student of the game and know that he needs to get to his spots to alleviate some of his movement issues. He needs to exhaust his eligibility in order for him to become a viable next level prospect. Doesn’t declare.
#8 Patrick Queen (Jr.) ILB/OLB 6-2 232. Has appeared in 25 games with 5 starts (4 at OLB and 1 at ILB). Versatile. Has experience at ILB and OLB. A good athlete. A smooth and fluid mover. Has good straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.60-4.65 40 range). Has loose hips. Moves well laterally. Has sideline to sideline speed. Always aware of the ball in coverage. Gets his hands up to disrupt passing lanes.
Doesn’t have much career production (46 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 1 sack). Isn’t big or strong enough in between the tackles. Gets jostled backward and on his heels with every encounter with an OL. Gets stonewalled as a blitzer when engaged with an OL. Has poor hand usage as a defender. Allows himself to be blocked and knocked off of the ball. Can’t disengage from OL and TE’s because of his inactive hands (vs. Texas A & M 2018, 3rd quarter, 1st & 10 at the 1:26 mark). Lacks pass rush moves on the outside. Always a step behind when covering a TE off of the LOS. Consistently in a trail position while the TE is into his route.
He has good athleticism and it is best when put to use as an OLB. He really needs to add bulk and muscle mass and gain a major measure of strength. He’s not a player who can compete at ILB at his current size. He consistently gets handled on every snap. He isn’t now and he doesn’t appear to be a player with upside on the inside. The depth chart will prevent him more than likely from becoming an upwardly mobile player who gets a good amount of snaps on the inside or outside. He lacks the instincts and isn’t a playmaker. He needs these next two years to figure out what exactly he’s good at and where it is he’s best able to play. Doesn’t have next level upside right now but may develop down the line but it is of great importance that he make some strides this season. Doesn’t declare.
#3 JaCoby Stevens (Jr.) FS/OLB 6-2 225. Has appeared in 17 games with 4 starts (and 1 at WR). Versatile. Has played WR, F-Back (Field OLB), NCB and FS. Made the permanent move to S in October of 2017. Has great size for the S position! Looks the part. Has a solid frame with really long arms. Has room to add 10-15 pounds of muscle mass if he moves to LB without sacrificing any athleticism. Excellent athlete. Has really good straight line speed (appears to run in the 4.50-4.55 40 range). A really smooth and fluid mover. Covers a lot of ground with his long strides. Very economic in all of his movements. Doesn’t waste any motion. Rarely takes a false step. Does a lot of covering the TE position. Tends to be at LB depth when covering TE’s. Covers them up the seem nicely. Always close. Uses his length in press coverage when at NCB. Receivers have a tough time getting off of the line when he jams them. Can turn his hips and run with most receivers. Has good strength as a run defender. Keeps OL and TE’s away from his frame with his long arms. Can disengage quickly to make a play on the ball. Solid tackler. Understands leverage and how to filter ball carriers back inside. Closes fast on the ball when he has a clear path.
Doesn’t have much career production (35 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and 1 INT). Has been spread really thin so far in his career. Hasn’t played one stable position since arriving on campus. Inexperience shows. Takes bad angles to the ball when moving downhill and thru traffic. Is at the S position at a low percentage of his snaps. Plays more at LB depth than he does at his position of FS. Isn’t a natural pass rusher. Lacks creativity. Doesn’t bend around the edge. Isn’t an aggressive defender. Has to be more assertive when the ball is in the air on 50/50 balls.
He’s a rare type athlete from a size, speed and strength standpoint. He has high end athleticism with little to no stiffness for such a bigger player and the strength of a much bigger man. The issue is where exactly does his next level potential lie as far as best positional fit. He has the traits of a top interchangeable S but he also has the traits of a top level OLB as well, whether it be at WLB or SLB in a 4-3. His abilities in coverage against the LB position appear to be almost elite but he hasn’t done it for very long. He’d be best served exhausting his eligibility but his size, speed and strength will be highly coveted on the next level much sooner. His position can be best figured out there which may very well be as an OLB with him adding some weight. Could be a player who ascends to a high 1st round pick but inexperience/best positional fit will keep his draft stock at bay a bit. 2nd-3rd round.
#5 Kary Vincent Jr. (Jr.) CB 5-10 181. Has appeared in 24 games with 10 starts. Has football bloodlines. Father Kary Vincent Sr. played WR/CB at Texas A & M from 1988-1992. Was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 6th round of the 1992 NFL Draft. Versatile. Has experience lined up at NCB, CB and FS. Great athlete. Has track speed. Runs on the LSU track team in fact on the 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams. Reportedly runs a 4.38 40. Can flat out fly. Very fluid and agile mover. Has zero stiffness in his hips or in any of his movements. Has good technique. Stays centered and composed. Has quick feet. Contests a lot of the passes thrown in his direction. Shows a good level of physicality as a tackler. Good blitzer.
Hasn’t had a great deal of production (40 tackles, 7 pass defended, 2 INT’s and 1 sack). Doesn’t have ideal size. Has small bone structure with little growth potential. A NCB only. Doesn’t have a lot of experience in press coverage. Plays mainly off and soft at NCB. Doesn’t attempt to jam the receiver at all when he is in position to. Doesn’t consistently have to backpedal. Plays with more of a bail technique than anything else. Telegraphs his blitzes at times.
He’s a player who has plus speed and athleticism. It doesn’t take long to see why he’s a two sport performer because he has elite speed and quickness. He’s a football player for sure though and not a track guy playing football. He players bigger than his size with the way he tackles. He isn’t a liability in the physicality department. His game isn’t fully realized though because he plays off the ball so much. He did have a few late season starts at outside CB that had him playing closer to the LOS but the QB’s weren’t capable of testing him and providing a real challenge. His size limits him to NCB which he will go back to. He has to mature further physically if he can and show more closer to the LOS in his ability to press receivers and not get taken advantage of because of his size. Doesn’t declare.
Non draft eligible player(s) of note:
#1 Ja’Marr Chase (So.) WR 6-1 205. Has appeared in 13 games with 7 starts. Good athlete. Has good speed and short area quickness. Physically mature beyond his years. Has a solid frame with long arms and big hands. A physical player. Has a flair for making difficult plays look fairly easy. Has good acceleration after the catch. Has a lot more maturing to do in his understanding of what defenders are trying to do to him but he has the upside to becoming a solid if not spectacular number one receiver.