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Could linebacker Devin White declare early for the 2019 NFL Draft? Let's discuss.

Who are LSU’s biggest risks to declare early for 2019 NFL Draft?

Nick Suss

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Looking way ahead

The 2018 NFL Draft is 36 hours away, and LSU is bound to have a big presence. Anywhere between 6 and 10 former Tigers could hear their names called at some point this weekend, headlined by running back Derrius Guice, cornerback Donte Jackson, wide receiver DJ Chark and edge rusher Arden Key.

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But, at LSU, the NFL draft is only as important as the next team. And as The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger pointed out Tuesday, LSU leads the nation by a wide margin in underclassmen declaring early for the NFL draft. So, with 9 months left before any of these players will have to make their decisions, let’s take a look at which LSU football players are the biggest flight risks for the 2019 NFL Draft.

  • Linebacker Devin White: One of the premiere linebackers in college football, another season like the one White had as a sophomore could land him in the first round. Expect White to get his 100 tackles and get out.
  • Cornerback Greedy Williams: A redshirt sophomore, Williams is eligible to declare for the draft despite his underclassman designation. And like White, if Williams has a second-straight All-America caliber season he could leave for greener pastures in 2019, leaving the Tigers thinner than they already are at cornerback.
  • Defensive end Rashard Lawrence: This one seems less likely because of his position and demeanor, but on talent alone Lawrence could easily find himself a Day 2 draft pick for a 3-4 team in need of an end who can play inside or out.
  • Defensive end Breiden Fehoko and wide receiver Jonathan Giles: These are unique cases because, as transfers, Fehoko and Giles are fourth-year college students playing as underclassmen. If they perform well in the SEC, these two might treat their junior seasons like a senior year and bounce from Baton Rouge after one season of eligibility.

Checkin’ in with the ‘croots

LSU recruiting news never sleeps. In case you missed anything, here’s the latest on the recruiting front from Tuesday:

In LSU basketball news

Rising sophomore point guard Tremont Waters elected to test the NBA draft process on Tuesday, putting his name into consideration for the 2018 NBA Draft. Waters did not sign with an agent, meaning he can return to college if he does not feel he will be drafted. In all likelihood, that will be the case.

Waters averaged 15.9 points and 6.0 assists per game as a freshman in 2017-18, both of which led the Tigers. If he returns in 2018-19, Waters will join a talented backcourt alongside junior Skylar Mays, senior Daryl Edwards and Louisiana Mr. Basketball and 4-star recruit JaVonte Smart.

In LSU baseball news

The LSU baseball team broke its losing streak on Tuesday, shutting out Lamar 8-0. Third baseman Josh Smith made a significant return to the lineup, batting leadoff and going 2 for 3 with a home run playing for the first time in 38 games. Freshman starting pitcher AJ Labas threw his first career shutout, completing the Tigers’ first midweek complete game shutout since 2011.

LSU will return to action on Thursday in Game 1 of a three-game SEC series against Ole Miss. The game Thursday will be televised nationally on SEC Network.

See the shutout, raise a no-hitter

We don’t talk enough about LSU softball here in the Bayou Bengal Briefing, and that’s a shame. Because when this team is on, it’s one of the most dominant on campus.

Case in point: Senior pitcher Carley Hoover threw her third career no-hitter on Tuesday, striking out 8 batters in the team’s 4-0 win over South Alabama. With the win, LSU improved to 36-11 on the season.

The Tigers have two more SEC series this season, one at home and another on the road, before beginning the SEC Tournament in Columbia, Mo., on May 9.

April 25 in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, April 25 is “National Hug A Plumber Day.” So if you or someone you know is a plumber, do your best to honor them on this day. Because plumbers do valuable work to make up for dumb people like me who don’t know how to use their hands.

Want a story? Earlier this year I somehow flushed my toilet paper rod down my toilet. No idea how. Didn’t see it happen. I just looked down one day and it was gone. Down the drain. Which is why I’m thankful for plumbers. I do dumb things and there are people who can bail me out for it.

Hug ’em if you know ’em.

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