LSU offensive guard Trai Turner has declared for the NFL Draft. The 6’3″ 316lb redshirt sophomore has followed the lead of running back Jeremy Hill and gone ahead and declared today. Turner is the fourth member of the LSU offense to declare and the sixth underclassmen as a whole this year to declare. Last year, the Bayou Bengals had 10 underclassmen declare for the NFL Draft, which was a historic number, so sixteen (so far) in two seasons is a remarkable amount of players. Seven of the players last year were on the defensive side of the ball, while four of this year’s group have been on offense.
Turner is still just 20 years old and will not turn 21 until June. He played in 25 games for the Bayou Bengals, starting 20 of them. The New Orleans native might not be the only LSU offensive linemen who ends up leaving. LSU’s left tackle La’El Collins may declare as well before this process is over and he is currently weighing his options. Turner is in a relatively small group of underclassmen guards, but an unprecedented amount of underclassmen as a whole.