With all of the focus shifting to which former LSU stars are preparing for the 2016 NFL Draft, it’s easy to lose sight of all the talent returning to Baton Rouge, La.
In another year, it will be them preparing for the draft, and what a class that is expected to be.
How good exactly?
WalterFootball.com’s 2017 mock draft gives LSU seven first-round selections.
That includes the highest pick among the Tigers — running back Leonard Fournette — who would come off the board with the No. 3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers.
Also included in that list are safety Jamal Adams (No. 6) , cornerback Tre’Davious White (No. 10), wide receiver Malachi Dupre (No. 16), defensive end Lewis Neal (No. 18), center Ethan Pocic (No. 23) and defensive tackle Davon Godchaux (No. 32).
White, Pocic and Neal were among a handful of LSU’s juniors who decided to return for what could be a promising 2016 season.
Adams, Dupre, Godchaux and Fournette will be juniors next season and eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft after the season.
Seven first-round selections from one school would be impressive. The Tigers last had multiple first-round picks back in 2013 when Barkevious Mingo and Eric Reid were selected Nos. 6 and 18, respectively.
It would also be record-setting.
Miami holds the mark for most first-round picks in a year when the Hurricanes produced six first-rounders in the 2004 NFL Draft.
So, if LSU were to have seven, it would take claim to history.