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Former LSU running back Derrius Guice is a fringe first-round draft pick for 2018 according to most experts.

Where experts predict LSU’s stars to be picked in 2018 NFL Draft

Nick Suss

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Mock NFL draft roundup

We’ve hit a bit of a lull in the world of football news. National Signing Day is behind us, every coaching job has been filled, spring football doesn’t start for another month and the roster seems to be pretty set. So, instead of forcing news that isn’t here, let’s use this edition of the Bayou Bengal Briefing to look forward to the 2018 NFL Draft.

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As seems to be the case every year, LSU has a chance to have between five and 10 players drafted in 2018. Since it’s the time of year that prognosticators love to make NFL draft mocks, let’s take a look at some of those and see where LSU’s players factor in:

DE/OLB Arden Key RB Derrius Guice WR DJ Chark CB Donte Jackson
SEC Country No. 11 (Miami) No. 18 (Seattle) N/A N/A
Bleacher Report No. 22 (Buffalo) N/A N/A N/A
Walter Football No. 47 (Arizona) No. 36 (Indianapolis) No. 49 (NY Jets) No. 22 (Buffalo)
NFL.com (Jeremiah) No. 30 (Minnesota) N/A N/A No. 28 (Pittsburgh)
NFL.com (Brooks) No. 14 (Green Bay) No. 28 (Pittsburgh) N/A N/A
247 Sports No. 25 (Tennessee) N/A N/A No. 27 (New Orleans)

SEC Country’s finest

Resuming a tradition we started last offseason, we here at SEC Country kicked off our LSU Next Generation series for 2018 on Sunday. If you don’t remember these, fellow LSU reporter Alex Hickey and I meet up with every signee in LSU’s recruiting class and their families to tell their stories up to their college careers.

We kicked things off over the weekend with a story about 4-star defensive end Jarell Cherry, the Tigers’ edge rusher of the future. He’s lived an interesting life full of legacy, expectation and tragedy. Be sure to give it a read.

And check back to SEC Country every Sunday for the next couple of months for more profiles on the next generation of LSU football players.

Looking even further into LSU recruiting

With National Signing Day 2018 in the rearview, it’s never too early to look ahead to 2019. As many have pointed out, 2019 is a stacked year for recruiting in Louisiana. So, in case you’re not quite acquainted yet, here are some 4- or 5-star names to keep on your radar heading into the next recruiting cycle:

  • 5-star DT Ishmael Sopsher (No. 1 player in America per 247Sports)
  • 5-star CB Derek Stingley Jr. (No. 2 CB)
  • 5-star OL Kardell Thomas (LSU commit)
  • 4-star WR Devonta Lee (No. 7 WR)
  • 4-star RB John Emery Jr. (No. 6 RB)
  • 4-star WR Trey Palmer (No. 16 WR)
  • 4-star OL Ray Parker (No. 19 OT)
  • 4-star CB Devin Bush (No. 17 CB)
  • 4-star RB Tyrion Davis (LSU commit)
  • 4-star ATH Christian Harris (N0. 22 ATH)
  • 4-star CB Chester Kimbrough (No. 25 CB)
  • 4-star WR Quinton Torbor (No. 49 WR)

It’s almost here!

Football might be in a slow period, but baseball is right around the corner. The LSU baseball team opens its 2018 season on Friday when the Tigers host Notre Dame at 7 p.m. CT on Friday. To commemorate the occasion, we here at SEC Country will have LSU baseball stories every day this week leading up to the game so you won’t feel lost or left out when the team takes the diamond on Friday.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for baseball stories; we have some good ones coming. For starters, my weekly LSU baseball column, Out of The Box, goes live Monday at 11 a.m. CT. And a new edition will be up every Monday through the end of the season.

Y’all best get ready. It’s baseball season. Get pumped.

Your non-revenue LSU sports recap:

It was another busy (and undefeated) weekend for LSU’s winter and spring sports. Here are the results from competitions all across the South:

Today in made-up holidays

Once again, timing doesn’t make sense.

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, Feb. 12 is National Plum Pudding Day. Now, here’s something you should know about plum pudding: When you type “plum pudding” into Wikipedia, it autocorrects to Christmas pudding. That’s what this dish is called. Christmas pudding.

Then why, I inquire, do we celebrate the dish on Feb. 12? It’s not called Two days before Valentine’s Day pudding. It’s not called Almost President’s Day pudding. It’s Christmas pudding. So, let’s celebrate on Feb. 12.

OK. Whatever. I give up.

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