LSU Football: Who Is Replacing Every Former Tiger Taken in 2014 NFL Draft
LSU was dominant in the NFL draft yet again.
The Tigers led all colleges with nine draft picks, according to LSU Sports Information. LSU also had a few major contributors from last year's team that surprisingly went undrafted in Craig Loston and Anthony Johnson.
Replacing a multitude of NFL-caliber players has become a yearly chore for Les Miles. But luckily enough for Miles, he has plenty of prized thoroughbreds in the stable ready to step up.
Here are the former Tigers who were drafted and the current players slotted to replace them.
Odell Beckham Jr. (First Round)
Replacement: Travin Dural
LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was LSU's lone first-round draft pick, selected 12th overall by the New York Giants. Beckham Jr. brings versatility to the Giants, which is why he will tough to replace.
Beckham Jr. was a speed demon on the outside with a ridiculously large catch radius. Defensive backs had to respect his ability to blow by them, which made him a tough guard.
LSU's special teams unit will also have to find a new kick and punt returner. Beckham Jr. was a spectacular returner during his career in Baton Rouge.
Travin Dural seems the likely replacement for Beckham Jr. Dural caught only seven passes last season, but his spring game performance of five catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns shows some promise for the future. Dural also returned punts in the spring game.
Simply put, it is hard to replace a player the caliber of Beckham Jr. Dural could be the guy, but look out for 5-star freshman Malachi Dupre to make a strong push for a starting role.
Ego Ferguson (Second Round)
Replacement: Quentin Thomas
Ego Ferguson was the meat in the middle of the LSU defense. Ferguson was sensational at slowing down the opposing team's running game with his ability to stalemate offensive guards and centers.
Despite losing Ferguson and fellow defensive tackle Anthony Johnson, the Tigers have plenty of reinforcements. Last year's backups, Christian LaCouture and Quentin Thomas, will take their places. The duo is inexperienced, but they should be overall solid performers.
Jeremy Hill (Second Round)
Replacement: Terrence Magee, Leonard Fournette
Jeremy Hill was nothing short of spectacular in his LSU career.
Hill rushed for over 2,000 yards in two seasons and rarely went down on first contact. He was a menace for defenses to bring down.
Terrence Magee was expected to be the No. 4 running back before the season, but ended up being the No. 2. Magee probably will be the starter next season.
Highly touted true freshman Leonard Fournette is expected to eventually be the workhorse. Fournette is the arguably the Tigers' biggest recruit in the Les Miles era.
Jarvis Landry (Second Round)
Replacement: John Diarse
Like his teammate Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry raked in over 1,000 yards receiving and wrecked havoc on secondaries.
Landry was quarterback Zach Mettenberger's most trustworthy target. "Juice" led the SEC by a wide margin in third-down receiving yards, catches and touchdowns.
LSU redshirt freshman receiver John Diarse, like Landry, does not have blazing speed. But his wide 6'1'' frame can help him transform into a solid receiving option out of the slot.
Trai Turner (Third Round)
Replacement: Evan Washington
LSU's offensive line returns four of its five starters next season. Trai Turner was the lone starter who will not be back next season.
Instead of returning for his junior season, Turner declared for the NFL early. He was drafted in the third round by the Carolina Panthers.
The battle to replace Turner between seniors Evan Washington and Hoko Fanaika was fierce during the spring. Fanaika started the spring game with the first group, but first-year offensive line coach Jeff Grimes said that was no indication of who is going start the season opener against Wisconsin.
Washington played some snaps against Auburn last season in relief of a Turner injury.
Lamin Barrow (Fifth Round)
Replacement: Lamar Louis
Lamin Barrow was the heart and soul of the 2013 LSU defense. He led the unit in tackles with 91, 11 more than the next closest Tigers defender.
LSU returns its other two starters at linebacker in Kwon Alexander and D.J. Welter. Alexander shifted to the weak side to replace Barrow, and junior Lamar Louis will replace Alexander on the strong side.
Louis played solid in his limited snaps last season, raking in 20 tackles. The Tigers also have talented backups Debo Jones, Kendell Beckwith and Ronnie Feist.
Zach Mettenberger (Sixth Round)
Replacement: Brandon Harris
Zach Mettenberger threw for over 3,000 yards last year, leading the Tigers to one of their best offensive seasons under Les Miles.
Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron now has to groom another quarterback after a fantastic first season in Baton Rouge. The battle between freshman Brandon Harris and sophomore Anthony Jennings was fierce over the spring.
Harris wowed LSU fans with his four-touchdown spring game performance. Jennings disappointed with two interceptions. But both Cameron and Miles said after the game that they are in no rush to name a starter.
Alfred Blue (Sixth Round)
Position: Running Back
Replacement: Kenny Hilliard, Darrel Williams
Alfred Blue's LSU career was memorable...for his play on special teams. But the Houston Texans must see something in Blue as a ball-carrier after spending a sixth-round pick on him.
Blue battled injury throughout his LSU career and never got fully acclimated to the offense in 2013. He was a phenomenal special teams player, often raking in tackles on kickoff team.
Fellow draftee Jeremy Hill's carries will be shared among Terrence Magee, Kenny Hilliard and Leonard Fournette. Incoming freshman Darrel Williams will get a chance to touch the rock some, but expect him to be in the running for a role on special teams.
James Wright (Seventh Round)
Replacement: Rob Bolden
Anybody who predicted James Wright to be drafted ahead of Anthony Johnson, Craig Loston, J.C. Copeland and Kadron Boone should go participate in the lottery.
Wright did not catch a pass in 2013 after catching 18 the year before. He was a phenomenal blocker during his career and a versatile special teams performer.
Frankly, LSU is not losing much of anything in Wright. Rob Bolden, a senior who made the switch from quarterback to receiver in the offseason, will probably ride the pine next season much like Wright. But like Wright, Bolden has superb size and potential.
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