LSU had the largest defection of talent from one school to the draft in recent memory. The Tigers were loaded with NFL ready talent, and the majority of that talent took the leap into the 2013 draft cycle.
The draft weekend will be a busy one with at least 10 former Tigers looking to get their name called throughout the process. This is your guide to the LSU draft class for 2013.
The defense is the unit to watch out of LSU on draft day, but there are some scattered offensive skill players that could be big pickups for some teams over the weekend as well.
Here is a look at LSU’s draft weekend.
Note: Player profiles will be updated once drafted.
Where He Was Selected: First round - Sixth Overall to the Cleveland Browns
(Mingo is a pure pass-rushing end that will be a depth chart filler to start in Cleveland. The Browns made moves in the offseason to shore-up the OLB position, but Mingo is an electric player that brings a lean, athletic body to the table. In time he will be a major contributor for this franchise)
From Matt Miller on Mingo:
Barkevious Mingo scares me as a prospect. On one hand, he's extremely athletic and has just started to scratch the surface in terms of what type of player he can be, but he's also very raw and was used largely as a situational pass-rusher until his senior season. Can someone with so little production be asked to produce in the NFL?
There isn’t a lot not to like about Mingo as he has always been a solid producer at LSU that has used his athleticism to dominate his opponent.
Where He Was Selected: First round - 18 Overall to the San Francisco 49ers
(Reid landing with the 49ers was a natural fit. He is a solid safety that will be an early contributor for the secondary. This was a solid pick that solidifies this 49ers roster as one of the most complete in the NFL.)
Matt Miller had this to say about Reid:
Eric Reid is a big, physical free safety who fits the mold of what the 49ers have wanted to do in the secondary. He won't make a ton of big plays on the ball, but is good in coverage and has the size to put down defenders over the middle. If allowed to freelance more in coverage, Reid has the hands to convert interceptions.
Reid is a solid player that will contribute in his rookie season. He isn’t the fastest player on the field, but he is able to read the ball well enough to make plays. He has solid hands, and should turn into a ball-hawk at the next level.
Where He Was Selected: Second round - 45 Overall by the Arizona Cardinals
He is a very instinctual player that makes up for his lack of ideal size with vision. Minter is an attacking player that will be a big asset at the next level.
Minter showed a lot of progression at his pro day running a 4.67 40-yard dash, and earning a 34.5 vertical jump (via nola.com).
There isn’t a linebacker with better vision in the draft. He will be an immediate playmaker when he lands in the league.
Where He Was Selected: Third round - 67 Overall to the Philadelphia Eagles
Bennie Logan is a versatile defensive linemen that played at the tackle position his entire career at LSU. He has shown the athleticism to be a journeyman type lineman in the pros, and may serve as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.
He knows that his shot at landing higher in the draft is to show that he is willing to work harder than most in the draft class. His edge is hard work and flexibility.
There is a lot of talented defensive lineman coming out in this draft, but Logan brings enough to the table athletically to be a powerful player early.
Where He Was Selected: Third round - 69 Overall to the Arizona Cardinals
Weight: 186 pounds
Tyrann Mathieu has been as inconsistent as any player in this year’s draft. After getting booted from LSU a year ago, Mathieu was arrested again for charges involving drug possession (h/t ESPN).
He is a versatile player that has a knack for creating turnovers. He has great closing speed once the football is in the air, and he is able pull fumbles free in the pile. Mathieu is also a versatile return man.
This is a gamble of a pick, but he will pay dividends to his future team. Mathieu is a solid pickup for the Cardinals.
Where He Was Selected: Third round - 96 Overall to the Houston Texans
Weight: 262 pounds
The LSU defensive line is handing off a lot of talent to the NFL in this draft and Sam Montgomery is one of the most impressive in the class.
Montgomery is one of the expected rookie impact players in this draft class, but this quote from the combine will have some staff’s questioning his work ethic (h/t USA Today):
Definitely some weeks that we didn't have to play the harder teams, there were some times that effort wasn't needed, but it was different when we had the big boys and everything coming in — the 'Bamas (Alabama) or a South Carolina — and I'd grab real close to those guys and go all out for them. Of course this is a new league, the NFL, so there are no more small teams, small-division teams. It's all Alabamas, LSUs every week.
His explosive play and versatility will serve him well and land him early in the draft, but Montgomery has to do something about his crashing reputation. Not that losing an agent is bad, but coupled with his combine comments it raises red flags.
He will be a big player for the Texans filling a depth need at defensive line. His athleticism should give him the ability to play early for the Titans at end and OLB.
Where He Was Selected: Fifth round - 138 Overall to the Seattle Seahawks
Weight: 202 pounds
Tharold Simon is a ball-hawk in coverage, and has great leverage against big-bodied receivers. He has to improve some of his basics in footwork and man coverage, but overall he will be a very solid starter once he makes it to the league.
He is a lengthy coverage guy and has a huge upside. He should be an immediate playmaker in the secondary for whichever team drafts him.
The LSU Tigers have had a lot of off the field issues in the past few seasons, and unfortunately Tharold Simon has been a part of the problem.
He was suspended in 2011 for a drug policy violation (h/t ESPN) alongside teammates Spencer Ware and Tyrann Mathieu. He didn’t have any public issues after, but still it is a concern.
Where He Was Selected: Fifth round - 142 Overall to the Tennessee Titans
Weight: 277 pounds
Lavar Edwards is a player that played more as a situational player for LSU than a steady starter in his career in Baton Rouge.
He will bring an impressive power rush to the Titans franchise.
Edwards turned into a situational player for the Tigers because of the depth that was on roster, but he can be a three-down type once he lands in the league.
Where He Was Selected: TBD
Weight: 210 pounds
LSU was absurdly deep at running back last season, but a rash of injuries forced the numbers to fall apart by the end of the year. Ford was a player that battled on and off the field, but he was a consistent performer when healthy.
His combine results were off the charts, finishing with a 4.5 40-yard dash, 38.5 vertical, 130 inch broad jump and a 11.43 second 60-yard shuttle (via NFL.com).
Ford has deceptive speed and is a powerful downhill runner with the football in his hands. He also can be a threat in the passing game as he has displayed good hands in the past.
Look for a team to snag Ford late, and for it to pay dividends this fall. He is a back that can be explosive in a number of scenarios at the next level.
Where He Was Selected: Sixth round - 194 Overall to the Seattle Seahawks
Weight: 228 pounds
Spencer Ware was one of many backs that filled the lineup for the LSU Tigers last fall. He is a powerful back, but he lacks a solid extra gear that is needed to be a breakaway threat.
He was the most sure-handed running back out of the backfield for the Tigers over the years, but he took a backseat to Jeremy Hill this past season, diminishing his numbers.
He is a late round or free agent option, but is talented enough to spark interest in a team early. Ware is as solid as they come as an every down back, but he has to work on his form once he hits traffic or he will get rocked at the next level.
Ware will be faced with competition when he lands with the Seahawks, but he is a bruiser that should thrive under Pete Carrol.