The customary ritual of LSU losing underclassmen to the NFL draft could take place once again.
LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White, center Ethan Pocic, offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins and defensive lineman Christian LaCouture all confirmed they had requested a draft grade from the NFL College Advisory Committee, according to The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger.
White was named to the Coaches’ and Associated Press All-SEC Second Team. He recorded 38 tackles and broke up six passes during his junior campaign. White is listed as the No. 4 cornerback and a fringe first-round pick by CBSSports.com.
Pocic was the only other player to submit a request to earn a spot on an All-SEC team, earning second-team honors from the coaches. Hawkins was also one of LSU’s strongest links on the offensive line, while LaCouture racked up 35 tackles and one sack along LSU’s defensive front.
Linebacker Kendell Beckwith told The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger that he also requested a draft grade from the NFL College Advisory Committee. Beckwith finished second on the team with 76 tackles with six tackles for loss.
That means all five of LSU’s available draft grades were used this season. The school could ask for a maximum of four more evaluations if necessary.
Each school is allowed a maximum of five requests to the committee and the request does not guarantee that a player will declare for the NFL draft. The committee simply represents a barometer that gauges a player’s readiness to advance to the professional level. The committee can rule a player is a potential first-round talent, a potential second-round talent or advise the player to stay in school.
This shouldn’t come as a shock to any Tigers fans, as LSU has had 13 players drafted the past two years, eight of which were underclassmen.