LSU Football: 5 Former Tigers with the Most to Gain on Pro Day

Sean MerrimanCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2013

LSU Football: 5 Former Tigers with the Most to Gain on Pro Day

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    Mark it on your calenders folks.

    On March 27th, LSU will hold its annual pro day and NFL scouts and coaches from across the league will have the opportunity to evaluate LSU players headed for the NFL draft.

    A total of 16 former LSU Tigers are set to participate in this year's pro day activities.

    We already know that Barkevious Mingo and Eric Reid are likely early draft picks, but what about the under-the-radar guys who have the chance to get recognized at this year's pro day?

    Let's go ahead and choose five former Tigers with the most to gain on pro day.

Chris Faulk

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    Chris Faulk shocked the college football world when he made the decision to bolt early for the NFL.

    Coming off a season-ending injury, it seemed like another year of college to pad his skills and get healthy is just what Faulk needed. He was projected to be one of the top offensive linemen throughout college football before that season-ending knee injury in early September.

    Now, Faulk is getting fully healthy and has the chance to show scouts how healthy and talented he is at LSU's pro day.

    Faulk wasn't able to do much at this year's NFL combine, so LSU's pro day is a time for him to shine. The bench press and running portion of the combine could make-or-break Faulk's draft stock.

    With a solid showing, scouts will be assured that one NFL team is going to get a future starting left tackle in Chris Faulk.

Michael Ford

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    After leading the Tigers in rushing back in 2011, Ford is a guy who got lost in the mix last season in what was a crowded LSU backfield.

    Because of that, Ford made the decision to skip his senior season and take his talents to the NFL.

    Many believed that Ford would be a low draft choice, or perhaps not even be selected at all because he didn't receive a ton of carries his junior year.

    However, Ford had an outstanding showing at last month's NFL combine, which helped put his name right back on the map. With another great showing at LSU's pro day, NFL scouts and coaches will come to an understanding that this guy is the real deal.

    There are plenty of teams out there that would like to add a complimentary running back and a solid return man.

    Michael Ford can be just that guy.

Bennie Logan

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    Bennie Logan is a talented kid, but his performance at this year's NFL combine was far from spectacular.

    Logan looked solid on the bench press, putting up 30 total reps. However, outside of that, he looked slow and sluggish in almost all of the running drills.

    He has the chance to make up for his poor showing at the combine with a solid performance at LSU's pro day.

    Outside of Florida's Sharrif Floyd and Utah's Star Lotulelei, there aren't many dominant defensive tackles in this year's draft class.

    With a great showing at his pro day, Logan has the chance to move right up the list and into the late-first or early-second round range.

Sam Montgomery

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    Sam Montgomery needs to learn how to keep his mouth shut, say the right things and let his play on the football field do the talking.

    The former LSU defensive end opened some eyes during the combine when he admitted to not playing his hardest when LSU would go up against inferior opponents.

    That certainly rubbed several NFL teams the wrong way. However, Montgomery has the chance to make up for his comments with a solid showing at LSU's pro day.

    Defensive end is a highly coveted position in the NFL, and a good pro day could really swing Montgomery's draft stock come this April.

    With a great showing, he could be a late first-round pick. With a poor showing, he could fall into the middle of the third round.

Tharold Simon

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    Tharold Simon is another guy who left some people shaking their heads when he decided to make the jump early to the NFL.

    Simon is talented, he is fast, but he is also raw. He has one year of starting experience, which is why many believed another year would be greatly beneficial to this kid.

    Nontheless, Simon has a chance to show off his skills to scouts at LSU's pro day. There will be plenty of opportunities to show off his speed, which is an area that Simon should excel.

    Simon is a good defensive back who has a wide range of skills, and a great showing at LSU's pro day could push him into the earlier portion of the NFL draft.