LSU Football: How Tigers Can Replace Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJanuary 13, 2014

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 31:  Jarvis Landry #80 of the LSU Tigers celebrates his touchdown with Odell Beckham Jr. #3 against the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The LSU Tigers learned the final fate of several potential NFL draft prospects Monday evening—and there was little good news in Baton Rouge.

Star running back Jeremy Hill announced his intentions to go pro. So too did top receivers Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr., as LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette tweeted.

It seemed like a foregone conclusion that the two star receivers would move on after enormous junior campaigns.

Beckham led the SEC in all-purpose yardage, tallying 178.1 yards per game. He totaled 1,152 receiving yards and more than 1,000 combined return yards, giving him 2,315 all-purpose yards for the season.

However, Beckham wasn't LSU's leading receiver. Landry bested him with 77 receptions for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns—all team highs. 

The Tigers are now left with a massive void at receiver.

No other receiver broke 200 yards on the season. Hill was their No. 3 receiver with 181 yards. Their No. 5 receiver, senior Kadron Boone, will also be departing. Travin Dural will bring back more than any LSU receiver after totaling seven receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.

LSU 2013 Leading Receivers (All leaving for NFL)
Jarvis Landry771,19310
Odell Beckham Jr.591,1528
Jeremy Hill181810
TOP 3 TOTALS1542,52618
TEAM TOTALS2053,26323

With its depth crushed, LSU could turn to junior college transfer Quantavius Leslie to fill the void. Leslie was a West Virginia commit coming out of high school, but he ended up at Hinds Community College. He then committed to the Tigers as a 4-star and the No. 5 JUCO receiver according to 247 Sports. He caught just one pass for 11 yards last season.

If Leslie and Dural aren't the answers, the Tigers could rely on a pair of highly touted newcomers. 

LSU holds a verbal commitment from 4-star Trey Quinn, the No. 12 receiver in the nation. The Tigers might also add 5-star Malachi Dupre, the No. 2 receiver in the 247 Sports composite rankings.

The Tigers will welcome the No. 1 overall prospect in the nation, 5-star running back Leonard Fournette. LSU currently boasts the No. 5 recruiting class in the country.

Nearly the entire offense will be overhauled, as quarterback Zach Mettenberger will be gone as well. LSU already appears to have his replacement: Anthony Jennings. The freshman led an impressive game-winning touchdown drive against Arkansas late in the season after Mettenberger's injury. If he doesn't pan out, the Tigers also have former Penn State quarterback Rob Bolden.

Even with the heavy losses, talent won't be a major issue for LSU.

The Tigers recruit as well as any program in the nation, so it might be a matter of how quickly the newbies adapt to their roles in the offense.

LSU will start its 2014 season with a stiff test against Wisconsin in Houston.