BATON ROUGE, La. — Of course dozens of NFL scouts and a handful of head coaches and general managers were on hand last week when LSU held its pro day workouts.
That’s expected at a program that has had more overall players (62) and early entrants (27) drafted than any other over the last decade.
But what those NFL reps witnessed at this year’s pro day might have been unique even for a program with LSU’s draft history. This draft class will probably become the biggest in program history – and it has a chance to rank among the best all-time for any program.
Led by surefire first-rounders Jamal Adams and Leonard Fournette, LSU’s 2017 class could become the first in school history to have double-digit players selected, besting the previous highs of nine in 2013 and 2014. It’s unlikely that the Tigers will match the modern-era record of 14 selections set by Ohio State in 2004, but they could come close if Tigers coach Ed Orgeron is correct.
Orgeron predicted at pro day that at least 10 LSU players will be drafted and that as many as 13 or 14 of them will make an NFL roster next year.
“I think it’s just the culture at LSU,” All-America center Ethan Pocic said. “We put out some good players every year, and it’s who we are.”
With two weeks to go until the draft kicks off on April 27, here’s how things appear to be shaping up for LSU’s draft class:
POSSIBLE FIRST-ROUND PICKS
Safety Adams: Only a handful of safeties have ever gone in the first five picks, but Adams has the chance to join that select group. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay ranks him fourth among all prospects and Mel Kiper Jr. lists him seventh on his Big Board. Adams seemingly solidified that lofty status by posting a 4.33-second time in the 40-yard dash at pro day.
Running back Fournette: The former Heisman Trophy contender made waves by weighing in at 240 pounds at the NFL combine, and…