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LSU Football: Breaking Down Each LSU Player Selected in the NFL Draft

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IOctober 12, 2016

LSU Football: Breaking Down Each LSU Player Selected in the NFL Draft

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    NFL draft experts believed that as many as eight former LSU players could potentially be selected in this year's draft.

    In the end, there were five Tigers who were selected this past weekend, and that certainly isn't anything to be ashamed of.

    So, where were these five former Tigers selected and will they make a good fit in their new destinations?

    Let's go ahead and break down these players who were selected in this April's NFL draft.

    Bleacher Report Style!

Morris Claiborne

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    Who: Morris Claiborne

    When: First Round, Sixth overall pick

    Where: Dallas Cowboys

    Why: The Cowboys made a big move on draft day, trading up eight picks in order to land Claiborne, who was the hands-down top cornerback in this year's draft class. After losing Terence Newman, the Cowboys had to add to a secondary that has been thin for the past couple of seasons.

    Claiborne should be able to come in and be an immediate starter from day one. This is a great fit for both Claiborne and the Cowboys.

Michael Brockers

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    Who: Michael Brockers

    When: First Round, 14th overall pick

    Where: St. Louis Rams

    Why: St. Louis traded away that No. 6 pick and moved back in the first round. By selecting Brockers, the Rams are looking for someone to come in and be an immediate impact player on the interior of that defensive line.

    He's still slightly raw, with not a ton of playing experience, but with some good coaching, Brockers has the size and talent to be a stud in the NFL in the future.

    Look for Brockers to be a starter from day one with St. Louis.

Rueben Randle

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    Who: Rueben Randle

    When: Second Round, 63rd overall pick

    Where: New York Giants

    Why: The Super Bowl Champs lost Mario Manningham in free agency to San Francisco, so they were in the market for a No. 3 receiver to complement Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.

    The fact that Randle was still there with the final pick of the second round was beyond surprising, but what a perfect fit it is for both sides.

    Randle has the skills to come in and be that No. 3 wideout, and now, instead of having Jordan Jefferson throwing him the ball, he will be catching passes from one of the best in the game in Eli Manning. 

Brandon Taylor

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    Who: Brandon Taylor

    When: Third Round, 73rd overall pick

    Where: San Diego Chargers

    Why: The Chargers gave up too many big plays last year and have been searching for someone to come in and be a playmaker in their depleted secondary.

    Taylor was one of the top safety products in the country in 2011, so the fact that he was available for San Diego in the middle of the third round was a bit surprising.

    Don't be surprised to see Taylor compete for, and possibly, take a starting safety spot in this defensive backfield next to Eric Weddle.   

Ron Brooks

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    Who: Ron Brooks

    When: Fourth Round, 124th overall pick

    Where: Buffalo Bills

    Why: Ron Brooks wasn't even a starter during his time at LSU, playing behind the most talented secondary in college football with Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne. But after running an impressive 4.37 40-yard dash at this year's NFL Scouting Combine, it became apparent that he has the speed to play at the next level.

    The Buffalo Bills needed help in their weak secondary which they addressed by taking South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore in the first round and Brooks here in the first.

    That should be one fast starting secondary in a few years. Brooks has the speed and skill set to play in their nickel-and-dime packages right away next year.

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