Les Miles can be a polarizing head coach, but there is no doubting the amount of talent he assembles each year. After sending nine players to the NFL via the 2013 draft, Miles may do even better if all his underclassmen come out in 2014.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger has the potential to be the first player drafted out of LSU this year, but he has to continue to improve and progress as a passer. The raw talent is there for Mettenberger to become a first-round prospect at the position.
Around him, there's talent, but no stand-out prospects yet. Guard La'el Collins is a top-100 player as a junior, and he should be a favorite to leave school early with another big year. Receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are solid, and Beckham has big-time potential, but neither has broken out yet heading into their junior seasons.
Fullback J.C. Copeland is on the radar as a draftable player, although that will depend on how many fullbacks enter next year's class. Running backs Alfred Blue and Kenny Hilliard don't look like elite prospects to me, but both could be drafted late. Center Elliott Porter is a fringe draft prospect now, but just a true junior in 2013.
The defense at LSU is where the talent is at. Jermauria Rasco (DE) and Anthony Johnson (DT) will both be likely to leave school early for the draft after receiving top rankings heading into the season. Johnson, especially, looks like a star.
Safeties Ronald Martin and Craig Loston form the best duo in college football, with both players ranked inside my top 80. Linebacker Lamin Barrow will have big shoes to fill on the inside, but he could find himself drafted even higher than Kevin Minter with a big senior season. There's good depth around these top players, too, as Ego Ferguson is a nice defensive tackle prospect as a junior.
Total Players: 14