NFL mock draft could make LSU and New Orleans Saints fans very happy
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Match made in Louisiana
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller released a seven-round mock draft for the 2018 NFL Draft on Tuesday, predicting that nine LSU players will be selected. But the one most LSU fans will lock onto was his first LSU player off the board, Arden Key.
Miller forecasts Key to be picked No. 27 overall by the New Orleans Saints. Pairing Key with All-Pro edge rusher Cameron Jordan could be a lethal combo for harassing opposing quarterbacks, making the New Orleans defense even stronger heading into Year 2 of the team’s renaissance. But, of course, there are complications.
First, there are Key’s limitations. His injury history, as well as his undefined absence from football last spring, make him a less desirable prospect despite his top-10 talent. If any team has the opportunity to see firsthand how Key has grown and overcome these complications, the Saints have the easiest path to Baton Rouge. Still, Key’s shortcomings are well-publicized and could potentially keep him out of the first round.
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Then, there is the Saints’ weird issue. As I wrote last year, the Saints draft former LSU players at a rate far lower than league average would indicate. But the same is true of the Miami Dolphins picking Miami products and the Cleveland Browns picking Ohio State alums and the Atlanta Falcons selecting former Georgia Bulldogs. For some reason, NFL teams that aren’t the Jacksonville Jaguars don’t like drafting home-state talent. It is a weird quirk, but it is an obstacle.
Either way, bringing Key to New Orleans would be a huge gain for people who are fans of the Saints and Tigers. Heck, some of y’all might not even need to buy a new jersey, which would be nice.
In case you missed any of it, here is a smattering of some of the biggest LSU football and recruiting news from Tuesday:
- The Tigers are pushing to flip the nation’s No. 2 tight end
- What really happened with Ja’Marr Chase’s botched NFL Network commitment ceremony?
- Why a renovated football facility could be a huge deal
- No Arden Key, no problem for the Tigers’ outside linebackers
- Donte Jackson analyzes his 40-yard dash
Speaking of 40 times
Former LSU wide receiver and soon-to-be very rich man Jarvis Landry spoke out Tuesday against using 40-yard dash times to judge football players. In a tweet, Landry wrote the only reason you need to know how fast someone can run straight is if the player is “running down a kickoff.”
For reference, Landry ran his 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, which is the 15th-fastest time by an LSU wide receiver at the NFL combine since 2000. Of course, Landry parlayed that into being the most productive receiver in NFL history for receptions four years into a career. So, in his case, he is right. But that is not necessarily true for everyone. I’m sure DJ Chark is glad he ran a 4.34 instead of a 4.65. Being fast can’t hurt you.
In Shaq news
Tuesday was LSU basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal’s birthday. So, as a surprise to the Big Aristotle, his mom came out and surprised him on the set of NBA on TNT.
Watch the video below. You will get a kick out of it.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) March 7, 2018
In LSU baseball news
LSU defeated Southern 8-2 on Tuesday night, improving the Tigers to 9-4 on the young season. Preseason All-America outfielder Zach Watson returned after missing the previous two weeks with an oblique strain, going 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and 3 stolen bases in his first game back.
The Tigers have a quick turnaround, traveling to Lafayette to face UL-Lafayette on Wednesday night. The game will be televised on CST.
Wednesday in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, March 7 is National Cereal Day. This is good for someone like me, who gets lazy about three times a week and chooses to eat cereal instead of making a meal. Wednesday, I won’t be called lazy. Just celebratory.
But be cautious. Because sometimes having the freshest cereal will make you lonely. That is something to chew on. Well, something else.
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