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Could former LSU wide receiver Russell Gage slide his way into the late rounds of the NFL draft?

Predicting how many LSU football players will be picked in 2018 NFL Draft

Nick Suss

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Recapping LSU pro day

LSU held its annual pro day on Wednesday, sending 26 athletes to the practice field to work out and participate in drills in front of NFL scouts, coaches and front office personnel. Included among the group was a smattering of no-doubt prospects who will assuredly hear their names called later this month when the 2018 NFL Draft is held in Dallas. There also was a glut of former walk-ons and role players who were participating for the sake of exposure in a last-ditch effort to continue their careers.

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But the most interesting group is the faction of players on the fringe. Guys such as running back Darrel Williams, wide receiver Russell Gage and defensive linemen Christian LaCouture and Greg Gilmore came into the day as unknowns, guys who could be drafted on Day 3 but may go undrafted.

Williams and LaCouture helped their stock mightily, as SEC Country’s Alex Hickey wrote Wednesday. But they weren’t the only guys worth watching. With that in mind, here is SEC Country’s official stock report of players you should expect to be selected in the 2018 NFL Draft:


  • Running back Derrius Guice
  • Edge rusher Arden Key
  • Cornerback Donte Jackson
  • Wide receiver DJ Chark
  • Center Will Clapp

Highly probables:

  • Tackle Toby Weathersby
  • Cornerback Kevin Toliver II

On the fringe:

  • Running back Darrel Williams
  • Wide receiver Russell Gage

Near misses:

  • Defensive end Christian LaCouture
  • Nose tackle Greg Gilmore

The 2018 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 26 and continues through Saturday, April 28.

In Arden Key news

Former LSU edge rusher Arden Key might be the most enigmatic prospect in this NFL draft class. Thought to be a consensus top 10 pick at this time a year ago, Key is unlikely to be selected in the first round at this point and might fall to the late second round after injuries, a mysterious absence from the team, a subpar 2017 season and poor timing numbers dragged down his stock.

Key had a pro day to remember Wednesday, running a 4.85-second 40-yard dash in his fastest attempt. That would’ve been the fifth-slowest time of any edge rusher at the NFL combine. In the field drills, Key showed off some of the explosiveness and strength he displayed in his record-setting sophomore season, but his footwork proved spotty at best; Key tripped over more than a couple of tackling dummies he was supposed to maneuver around in drills designed to test a player’s movement skills.

After his workout, Key addressed the Baton Rouge media corps for the first time in nearly 18 months. In case you missed it, here is SEC Country’s dispatch from the session.

In Derrius Guice news

Former LSU running back Derrius Guice didn’t have to do much to solidify his stock Wednesday. He didn’t run after putting up a satisfactory time at the NFL combine. All he did was measure in and go through position drills led by NFL coaches.

But after the workout, Guice addressed the speculation that “off-field issues” will drop his stock. As a player who was never suspended or arrested while at LSU, Guice is puzzled by the accusation. He broke down where he thinks the suspicion is coming from in this article with SEC Country.

Checkin’ in with the ‘croots

LSU recruiting news never stops. In case you missed anything, here’s the latest from the recruiting beat:

In LSU baseball news

The No. 20 LSU baseball team opens a three-game series with No. 19 Texas A&M on Thursday in College Station. LSU will send ace Zack Hess to the mound, facing off against Texas A&M’s Stephen Kolek. If you like strikeouts, this matchup should be up your alley, as the two pitchers have combined to strike out 95 batters so far this season.

Action is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT and will be televised on SEC Network.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at, April 5 is National Read a Road Map Day. Which, no.

It’s 2018, y’all. If you keep a road map in your car, you’re either a technophobic neophyte or a nervous ninny. Use your phone. Or a GPS. Or just read the road signs. They’re there for a reason. Sorry to put the cartography industry out of business, but it serves no purpose. Go to sleep, maps. You’re done.

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