There will be no shortage of SEC representatives in the upcoming NFL Combine, and that includes five former LSU players.
Offensive guard Vadal Alexander, offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins, linebacker Deion Jones, safety Jalen Mills and cornerback Rashard Robinson will all participate in the combine later on this month.
Alexander, a two-year starter on the LSU offensive line, played both guard and tackle during his career in Baton Rouge, La. The 6-foot-5, 336-pounder projects at either position along the offensive line in the NFL, depending on where he ends up.
Hawkins was the lone LSU underclassman to declare early for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-6, 305-pounder won the starting right tackle job as a redshirt freshman and has since played both on the interior line and at left tackle.
Jones just wrapped up his first season as a starter on the Tigers’ defense after spending most of his first three years on special teams. The 6-foot-1, 219-pound outside backer was named a captain his senior season and played accordingly, recording 100 tackles, including 13.5 for loss, as well as five sacks, two interceptions and three pass breakups.
Mills saw action at both cornerback and safety in the LSU secondary in his four years as a starter. The 6-foot, 194-pound defensive back should draw plenty of interest for his exceptional play on the field, but he will have to answer questions at the combine about an off-the-field incident stemming from an arrest in 2014.
Robinson is a former LSU player. He played for the Tigers during the 2013 season, but a series of off-the-field issues led to an indefinite suspension in 2014. As expected, the 6-foot-1, 163-pound cornerback will have to explain those issues to prospective NFL teams during the combine.