LSU football: 5 most underrated players in LSU Tigers history

Brandon LaFell, LSU Tigers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Scouting Report. (2005-09). player. Pick Analysis. WR. Brandon LaFell. 3. 817

LSU has a very interesting history when it comes to wide receivers. The university has had so much talent at that position group over the years, it’s ridiculous. However, the vertical passing game has never really been the Bayou Bengals’ thing for much of its history. One player who stands out for his college accomplishments in the receiving game at LSU is Brandon LaFell.

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LaFell initially redshirted for Les Miles in 2005. He began playing meaningful snaps in the LSU offense the next year. By his redshirt sophomore season, LSU was crowned BCS National Champions. As a junior, LaFell earned First-Team All-SEC honors, as he had 63 catches for 929 yards and eight touchdowns.

LaFell would leave LSU with 175 career catches for 2,517 yards and 25 touchdowns. He ranks in the top five all time in the LSU receiving department in all three statistical categories. Compared to former LSU standout wider receiver Dwayne Bowe, LaFell was drafted in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers.

He spent nine seasons in the NFL with four different franchises, including a two-year run with the New England Patriots from 2014 to 2015. LaFell was part of the Super Bowl 49 championship team in New England, as his four catches for 29 yards and the first touchdown of the game helped the Patriots defeat the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24.