LSU Football: NFL Combine Grades, Analysis and Results for Former Tigers

Carter BryantContributor IFebruary 26, 2014

LSU Football: NFL Combine Grades, Analysis and Results for Former Tigers

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    The 2014 NFL combine is now over. Eleven former LSU players competed in Indianapolis over the last few days, hoping to increase their draft stock. 

    Some Tigers had something to prove to NFL scouts. While a handful excelled during the testing period, others disappointed. 

    The NFL combine is not the be all and end all for the players to perform in front of NFL personnel. Each school hosts a pro day as an extra testing period. LSU's will be held on April 9, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

    But even if a player tests well, it does not mean he will get drafted high or be a contributor in the NFL. Scouts still rely heavily on game tape and performance in college. 

    Here is how each former LSU player performed at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

    Note: Combine results are courtesy of NFL.com.

Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback

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    Grade: B

    Analysis: Zach Mettenberger did not compete in drills at the NFL combine as he is recovering from an ACL injury. But he went to Twitter to express his happiness about his measurements:

    Great Day 2 already under way... #Measureables...6'-4 7/8", 224.5, hands 9-7/8" and wingspan of 78"...

    — Zach Mettenberger (@mettshow) February 21, 2014

    He had mainly positive news come from the combine. Doctors are pleased with his progress in recovery, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen (h/t National Football Post)Sources also told Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910 in Phoenix that the Tigers' gunslinger met with 16 teams at the combine, including the LSU-heavy Arizona Cardinals:

    For a guy whose leg was folded in half three months ago against Arkansas, Mettenberger is in as good of a position as he could ever imagine. 

Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver

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    Grade: A

    Analysis: Odell Beckham Jr. performed fantastically in Indianapolis. The New Orleans native dazzled with a mixture of raw athleticism and polished receiving. 

    He finished near the top of all receivers in almost every timed drill and ran routes with fluidity. Bleacher Report NFL Lead Draft Analyst Matt Miller currently has Beckham as the only LSU player being drafted in the first round

    Measurements: 5'11'', 198 pounds, 10" hands and 32.75" arms

    40-Yard Dash: 4.43 seconds

    Bench-Press Reps: Seven

    Vertical Jump: 38.5''

    Broad Jump: 122.0''

    Three-Cone Drill: 6.69 seconds 

    20-Yard/60-Yard Shuttle: 3.94 seconds/10.93 seconds  

Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver

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    Grade: D

    Analysis: Jarvis Landry disappointed at the NFL combine, finishing with the shortest broad jump, second lowest vertical leap and slowest 40-yard dash of all the receivers.

    Nevertheless, his game is so much more than running around in tights. He will get a chance to improve his numbers at LSU's pro day in early April. 

    Measurements: 5'11'', 205 pounds, 10.25'' hands and 31.75" arms

    40-Yard Dash: 4.77 seconds 

    Bench-Press Reps: 12

    Vertical Jump: 28.5''

    Broad Jump: 110.0''

    Three-Cone Drill: DNP 

    20-Yard/60-Yard Shuttle: DNP

Jeremy Hill, Running Back

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    Grade: B-

    Analysis: Jeremy Hill had a good but not great showing in Indianapolis. He finished near the middle or bottom of the pack of running backs in every test. He did show great lateral agility and awareness in the skill drills. 

    But Hill, like Landry, is a player who is more impressive on game film

    His most impressive performance at the combine was done off the field. He sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams, addressing his troubled past in Baton Rouge. 

    Measurements:  6'1'', 233 pounds, 10.375" hands and 32.625" arms

    40-Yard Dash: 4.77 seconds 

    Bench-Press Reps: 20

    Vertical Jump: 29.0''

    Broad Jump: 113.0''

    Three-Cone Drill: DNP 

    20-Yard/60-Yard Shuttle: DNP 

J.C. Copeland, Fullback

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    Grade: C

    Analysis: J.C. Copeland had the slowest 40-yard dash time, three-cone drill and lowest vertical jump of the running backs who competed. Yet he is a fullback, so that comes as no surprise. But his 23 bench-press reps was a bit underwhelming. 

    Fullback is not an ideal position for the combine. The position requires a player who is willing to collide at full speed with other grown men on every snap. Copeland exhibited that on tape, but unfortunately for him, there is no hitting allowed in tights.

    He remains one of the top fullback prospects in the draft. 

    Measurements:  5'11'', 271 pounds, 10'' hand size 

    40-Yard Dash: 4.63 seconds 

    Bench-Press Reps: 23 reps

    Vertical Jump: 28.5''

    Broad Jump: 111.0''

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.68

    20-Yard Shuttle: 4.58

Alfred Blue, Running Back

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    Grade: B+

    Analysis: Alfred Blue was surprisingly solid, testing out better than Jeremy Hill in every drill outside of the bench press.  

    Blue will probably still not be drafted. He was an average running back at LSU with an injury-plagued college career. But he was a superb special teamer, so he could make a roster as an undrafted free agent.

    Measurements:  6'2", 223 pounds, 9.875'' hands

    40-Yard Dash: 4.66 seconds 

    Bench-Press Reps: 13  

    Vertical Jump: 32.0''

    Broad Jump: 121.0''

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.15

    20-Yard/60-Yard Shuttle: DNP

Trai Turner, Right Guard

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    Grade: B+

    Analysis: Trai Turner finished with the fastest 40-yard dash of all the offensive guard prospects at the NFL combine. 

    For his size, running below five seconds is remarkable. The time raised the eyebrows of NFL scouts, which is all it might take for him to be drafted higher than his actual value. 

    He has all the raw tools to eventually become a starting guard in the NFL. 

    Measurements: 6'3'', 310 pounds and 34'' arms

    40-Yard Dash: 4.93 seconds 

    Bench-Press Reps: 25 

    Vertical Jump: 27.5''

    Broad Jump: DNP

    Three-Cone Drill: DNP  

    20-Yard/60-Yard Shuttle: DNP

Anthony Johnson, Defensive Tackle

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    Grade: D

    Analysis: Anthony Johnson underachieved at the NFL combine. Of all the defensive linemen who participated in drills, he was near the bottom of the pack. 

    This would not be as big of a deal if he had had a great 2013 season, but he didn't, which leaves some NFL teams to question his true draft value. He still possesses the potential to be a solid 3-technique defensive tackle at the next level.  

    Measurements: 6'2'', 308 pounds, 33" arms and 10.375" hands

    40-Yard Dash: 5.24 seconds 

    Bench-Press Reps: 20 

    Vertical Jump: 24.5''

    Broad Jump: 102.0''

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.93 seconds   

    20-Yard/60-Yard Shuttle: DNP

Ego Ferguson, Defensive Tackle

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    Grade: C

    Analysis: Ego Ferguson only participated in bench press at the combine, where he posted a paltry 24 reps. 

    NFL teams will like what they see overall from him on tape. He has more scheme versatility than Anthony Johnson because of his size and ability to stalemate offensive linemen in the running game.

    NFL personnel will hope he participates in more drills at LSU's pro day. 

    Measurements: 6'3'', 315 pounds, 32.5" arms and 10.75" hands

    40-Yard Dash: DNP

    Bench-Press Reps: 24 

    Vertical Jump: DNP

    Broad Jump: DNP

    Three-Cone Drill: DNP  

    20-Yard/60-Yard Shuttle: DNP

Lamin Barrow, Linebacker

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    Grade: A-

    Analysis: Lamin Barrow exceeded all expectations at the NFL combine. He finished with the third fastest 40-yard dash and fourth-best broad jump of all the linebackers who participated. 

    He probably increased his draft stock as much as any LSU player. He is a tackling machine who finished his 2013 season strong.

    Measurements:  6'1'', 237 pounds, 10.375" hands and 33.375" arms

    40-Yard Dash: 4.64 seconds

    Bench-Press Reps: 22

    Vertical Jump: 35.0''

    Broad Jump: 123.0''

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.24 seconds 

    20-Yard Shuttle4.35 seconds

Craig Loston, Safety

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    Grade: B-

    Analysis: Craig Loston finished near the middle of the safety group in every drill, but he showed the athleticism necessary to play at the next level. 

    The 2014 NFL draft class of safeties is top-heavy. He might not be amongst the elite, but there is room for him to move up a few picks if he has a solid showing at LSU's pro day. 

    Measurements:  5'11'', 217 pounds, 30.75'' arms and 9.75'' hands 

    40-Yard Dash: 4.65 seconds

    Bench-Press Reps: 12 

    Vertical Jump: 32.5''

    Broad Jump: 119.0''

    Three-Cone Drill: 7.15 seconds 

    20-Yard Shuttle4.35 seconds

     

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