BATON ROUGE, La. — Things have changed since SEC Country’s first projected 2018 depth chart came out in early January.
We know which players have declared for the NFL draft. We know who LSU’s offensive coordinator will be, and what he plans on doing. And after Signing Day, we know that the Tigers have one more addition who could end up playing a significant role in this lineup in wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase.
Without further ado, here is an updated version of the 2018 offensive depth chart, subject to its next change at the conclusion of spring practice in April.
- Myles Brennan (Soph.)
- Lowell Narcisse (R-Fr.)
- Justin McMillan (Jr.)
The lowdown: Right now, it’s Brennan’s job until someone else can win it. This spring, we’ll see if Narcisse can be the man to do it.
- Nick Brossette (Sr.)
- Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Soph.)
- Chris Curry (Fr.)
The lowdown: LSU is replacing its top two rushers for the first time since 2010. This is the position most subject to change by the start of the season.
- Foster Moreau (Sr.)
- Jacory Washington (Sr.)
- Thaddeus Moss (Soph.)
The lowdown: For years, tight end was a forgotten part of the LSU passing attack. Don’t be surprised if Moreau finishes 2018 as the Tigers’ No. 2 receiving option.
- Tory Carter (Soph.)
- David Ducre (Sr.)
- Thaddeus Moss OR Zach Sheffer (Fr.)
The lowdown: One thing we will learn this spring is how Steve Ensminger plans on incorporating this position into his offense. All four players listed are versatile enough to play a traditional fullback role or carry on the role of H-back. No matter what, Carter is atop the chart.
- Jonathan Giles (Jr.)
- Derrick Dillon (Jr.)
- Racey McMath (Soph.)
The lowdown: Ensminger said he wants to primarily play with three receivers. This is an estimation of which three players are best suited for the slot role, though any of them can and probably also will play outside receiver. Giles, the Texas Tech transfer, figures to lead the team in receptions.
- Stephen Sullivan (Jr.)
- Terrace Marshall Jr. (Fr.)
- Drake Davis (Jr.)
- Ja’Marr Chase (Fr.)
- Dee Anderson (Jr.)
- Justin Jefferson (Soph.)
The lowdown: There probably will be times this fall when LSU has three receivers on the field who didn’t suit up in 2017 — Giles, Marshall and Chase. By the end of the season, it might even happen on the majority of LSU’s offensive snaps.
- Saahdiq Charles (Soph.)
- Badara Traore (Jr.)
- Austin Deculus (Soph.)
- Cameron Wire (Fr.)
The lowdown: KJ Malone’s 2017 knee injury was a blessing in disguise, creating needed playing time for Charles. We’ll see whether he or JUCO transfer Traore gets the nod at left tackle. The other will start at right tackle.
- Garrett Brumfield (Sr.)
- Ed Ingram (Soph.)
- Damien Lewis (Jr.)
- Adrian Magee (Jr.)
The lowdown: This should be LSU’s steadiest position in 2018 with both starters returning. They’ll get deeper with the addition of Lewis, the No. 3 JUCO guard in the nation.
- Lloyd Cushenberry III (Soph.)
- Cole Smith (Fr.)
The lowdown: This is where losing Will Clapp to the draft hurts, and not just because he was the leader of the offensive line. The Tigers are currently just two-deep at center. Expect them to either teach another scholarship lineman how to snap, or look for a walk-on lineman with a catchy nickname like “Meat Grinder” to become an emergency option.
- Cole Tracy (Grad.)
- Connor Culp (Jr.)
The lowdown: Tracy didn’t transfer from Division II Assumption College to get really good seats to LSU football games. He will be the kicker. But given that Tracy didn’t handle kickoffs in his final season at Assumption, it’s possible Culp will be used in that role.