The Alabama Crimson Tide are riding high, kings of the SEC and of college football once again. But while their rivals in Louisiana would like to change that, they’ll have a rough time doing so next year with the team they’ll be left with. As we approach the deadline for underclassmen to declare for this April’s NFL Draft, LSU has lost a total of 10 underclassman have decided to skip their last year of eligibility to make the jump to the NFL Draft.
Earlier today, we reported that offensive lineman Chris Faulk was heading to the NFL Draft despite suffering a season ending knee injury during practice back in week two.
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With Faulk declaring for the draft, he joins the likes of Sam Montgomery, Barkevious Mingo and others from both the offense and defense. And LSU isn’t losing one player here and another here, they have three defensive lineman declaring, two running backs and two defensive backs.
Bennie Logan joins Mingo and Montgomery off of the defensive line, Spencer Ware and Michael Ford will leave the Tigers backfield and defensive backs Eric Reid and Tharold Simon will leave LSU’s secondary. Not to mention, any hope of having Tyrann Mathieu return after being kicked off the team is gone as he has declared for the NFL draft as well.
LSU couldn’t beat Clemson with the roster that’s leaving them, so it’s clear that the Tigers have their work cut out for them next season, but as Les Miles and Tigers fans will attest, LSU is resilient and even seeing their roster get gutted by the NFL Draft won’t hold them down.