Where LSU’s stars are projected to be picked in 2018 NFL Draft
LSU football is in the news every day, and the Bayou Bengal Briefing is here to keep you updated with the latest headlines five mornings a week. Join us every Monday through Friday for the biggest news on Tigers football, recruiting, baseball and more. Enjoy!
Mock draft frenzy
The 2018 NFL Draft begins Thursday at 7 p.m. CT. Unlike last year, it’s not a guarantee that LSU will have a player selected in the first round, but the chances are thought to be pretty high.
MORE: Sign up here to get this roundup in your inbox Monday through Friday
With that in mind, here’s a final roundup of where the experts are predicting former LSU stars such as running back Derrius Guice, wide receiver DJ Chark, edge rusher Arden Key and cornerback Donte Jackson to be picked:
- NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah: Guice No. 13 to Washington; Chark No. 29 to Jacksonville
- NFL.com’s Rhett Lewis: Guice No. 22 to Denver (projected trade)
- NFL.com’s Peter Schrager: Jackson No. 36 to Indianapolis, Guice No. 44 to Washington, Chark No. 53 to Buffalo, Key No. 54 to Kansas City
- CBS Sports’ R.J. White: Guice No. 20 to Detroit, Jackson No. 47 to Arizona, Key No. 55 to Chicago, DJ Chark No. 71 to Denver, Kevin Toliver No. 148 to Atlanta, Toby Weathersby No. 172 to Jacksonville, Darrel Williams No. 209 to Miami
- Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer: Guice No. 32 to Philadelphia
- The Ringer’s Danny Kelly: Guice No. 32 to Philadelphia
- ESPN’s Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr.: Guice No. 33 to Cleveland, Jackson No. 38 to Tampa Bay, Chark No. 47 to Arizona, Key No. 85 to Carolina
Speaking of Derrius Guice …
Ever the interesting prospect, Guice couldn’t stay out of the news on Wednesday. In case you missed any of it, here’s the latest on Guice from Dallas:
- NFL releases statement on Derrius Guice’s combine question controversy
- WATCH: Derrius Guice criticizes backlash about his personality
- Who is Derrius Guice? 5 things to know about the running back
In LSU baseball news
The LSU baseball team opens a three-game SEC series against No. 5 Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., on Thursday. LSU ace Zack Hess will face off against Ole Miss’ hard-throwing sophomore left-hander Ryan Rolison in a Game 1 battle of dominant strikeout pitchers. Hess enters the game with 73 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings, while Rolison has 77 strikeouts in 59 1/3 innings.
Game 1 will begin at 7 p.m. CT and be televised nationally on the SEC Network. The series will continue on Friday at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU and conclude with the finale Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.
Checkin’ in with the ‘croots
LSU recruiting news happens every day. In case you missed any of it, here’s a recap of the biggest LSU recruiting news from Wednesday:
- Priority RB target John Emery Jr. talks commitment timeline
- Will 5-star DT Ishmael Sopsher choose the Tigers or the Tide?
- Notes from recruiting trail: Destrehan High School
Today in made-up holidays
According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, April 26 is National Kids and Pets Day. This, apparently, is not a day where we celebrate the separate concepts of kids and pets. But rather the idea of kids spending time with pets.
So, if you have kids and pets, make sure they interact Thursday. If not, don’t celebrate. Because it’s kind of hard to do so without one or the other.
Miss a previous edition of the Bayou Bengal Briefing? Find every one of SEC Country’s daily LSU football columns right here.