BATON ROUGE, La. — DBU took a bit of a hit Monday afternoon.
LSU junior cornerback Kevin Toliver II declared for the 2018 NFL Draft on Twitter Monday, joining edge rusher Arden Key as LSU’s second underclassman to declare for the draft. A three-year starter who played in 12 of LSU’s 13 games in 2017 and started five, the 6-foot-3, 204-pound Toliver will be an alluring prospect for NFL teams looking for a long, raw talent in the defensive backfield.
It’s been real✌🏾 pic.twitter.com/jnhAGrqNOH
— KT2 (@Kevintoliver2) January 8, 2018
Over the course of his three years in Baton Rouge, Toliver intercepted two passes and broke up 16, including 10 PBUs and an interception as a junior. Toliver also added 28 tackles, 2 for loss, a sack and 2 forced fumbles in 2017.
Walter Football ranks Toliver as the No. 16 cornerback prospect for the 2018 NFL Draft, projecting him as a third or fourth round draft pick. USA Today Sports’ “Draft Wire” rankings have Toliver as the No. 25 draft-eligible cornerback in 2018. According to both services, Toliver is a lower-ranked prospect than LSU teammates Donte Jackson, a fellow junior who hasn’t announced a decision about whether he’ll declare or not.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft is Jan. 15. For more information on which juniors may or may not return to LSU, including Jackson and running back Derrius Guice, click here for more info.