LSU Football: Where 5 LSU Players Could End Up in This Year's NFL Draft

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2013

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 22:  Barkevious Mingo #49 of the LSU Tigers sacks quarterback Clint Moseley #15 of the Auburn Tigers during the game at Tiger Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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College football has come to a close, and that means all you football fanatics can began to set your sights on the 2013 NFL Draft.

While this draft isn't comparable to last year's as far as franchise players on the offensive side of the ball, make no mistake that LSU will be represented well this year, especially on the defensive side of the football.

It is quite possible that a total of five LSU defensive players could be drafted in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but where will they end up?

Let's go ahead and break down the ideal situation for all five of these Tigers.

Right here, right now. 

1. Barkevious Mingo

Mingo is still raw, but when it comes to potential and pure athleticism, he is simply off the charts.

This is a guy who has 4.5 speed and gets to opposing quarterbacks in a hurry. He helped form what was arguably the top defensive end duo in the nation this year with fellow teammate, Sam Montgomery.

The beauty about Mingo is that he can move around the field. He can stand up and serve as a rush end/outside linebacker, or he can put his hands in the dirt and come off the end, assuming he puts on a little more muscle this offseason.

Look for Mingo to be an early first-round pick and likely the first LSU Tiger to come off the board.

Ideal Fit: Tennessee Titans (10), Miami Dolphins (12), Pittsburgh Steelers (17) 

2. Sam Montgomery

Montgomery is Mingo's defensive end mate, and a great one at that.

He plays the run well and is a force off the end as a pass-rusher.

In two seasons, Montgomery has recorded 17 sacks for the Tigers, which is pretty darn impressive and certainly an asset that several NFL teams will be looking to add in the upcoming 2013 draft.

Ideal Fit: Tampa Bay Bucs (13), Pittsburgh Steelers (17), Cincinnati Bengals 

3. Eric Reid

Reid is considered by many to be the top safety product in this year's NFL Draft, and rightfully so.

This kid has a knack for finding the football and making big plays out of the secondary. He has good hands, good speed and his 6'2", 210-pound frame is pretty ideal for an NFL safety.

The safety position isn't very top-heavy in this year's draft, so Reid should be a first-round selection.

Ideal Fit: Dallas Cowboys (18), St. Louis Rams (22), San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans 

4. Kevin Minter

If there was an award given to the most underrated player in college football this season, Minter would be a finalist, no questions asked.

This is a kid that lets his playing do to talking, and he simply didn't get enough credit for how dominant he was at times this season for this LSU football team.

Minter recorded an eye-popping 130 tackles from his middle linebacker position this season, in addition to four sacks and an interception. He recorded eight-or-more tackles in eight of the Tigers' final nine games this season, including 20 against Florida and 19 against Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

After Notre Dame's Manti Te'o, it is a fair argument to say that Minter could be the next best middle linebacker in this year's draft.

Ideal Fit: Pittsburgh Steelers (17), Baltimore Ravens, Houston Texans 

5. Bennie Logan

Logan is a guy whose stock has been flying up and down across mock draft boards recently.

When Logan is selected, an NFL team is going to get an interior lineman with good size (6'3", 290) and the ability to dominate in both the run game and pass game.

Logan has quick feet for a defensive tackle and could potentially slide around the defensive line because of his pass-rushing ability.

Don't be surprised to see Logan slip into the bottom of the first round of the draft. 

Ideal Fit: Minnesota Vikings, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos



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