Thursday’s opening round of the NFL Draft turned into a historic night for LSU football.
All-American cornerback Patrick Peterson, who left the program after his junior season in hopes of landing among the top selections in the first round, became the highest drafted defensive back in school history when he was taken with the fifth overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals.
On Friday, rounds two and three came and went.
So did four more Tigers.
Linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, running back Stevan Ridley, defensive tackle Drake Nevis, and offensive lineman Joseph Barksdale all came off the board, giving the Tigers an SEC-best five players off the board through the opening three rounds.
After the second round came and went without any LSU players selected, it was the Buffalo Bills that got the purple and gold dominos falling when they picked Sheppard with the fourth pick of the third round.
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots grabbed Ridley five spots later, the Indianapolis Colts selected Nevis with the 23rd pick, and the Oakland Raiders finished things off with offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale in the 28th spot.
The final rounds will wrap up on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. CST.
5 (1) Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals
68 (3) Kelvin Sheppard, LB, Buffalo Bills
73 (3) Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
87 (3) Drake Nevis, DT, Indianapolis Colts
92 (3) Joseph Barksdale, OL, Oakland Raiders