NFL Draft Headquarters - Tracking Tigers

TSD hosted a live, free forum for coverage and conversation regarding the 2014 NFL Draft, keeping tabs on where every former LSU players landed. Come inside for updates from the three-day draft and accompanying videos.

LSU tied a program record set only a year ago with nine players selected in the 2014 NFL Draft.

In the process the Tigers also placed more players into the 2014 draft than any other program across the country.

From wide receiver Odell Beckham 12th overall to the Jets to special teams standout James Wright in the seventh round to the Bengals, the past three days have featured plenty of former Tigers making the leap to the League.

TSD hosted a live, free forum dedicated to the draft from wire to wire, putting an emphasis on tracking former Tigers and where they land.



SATURDAY AFTERNOON UPDATES: Shortly after 6 p.m. Central Time the draft came to a close with LSU sitting on nine players selected.

On the outside-looking-in, as far as LSU players who were thought to have a chance: WR Kadron Boone, FB J.C. Copeland, DT Anthony Johnson and S Craig Loston.

All four ended up inking free agent deals by the end of the evening Saturday. CLICK HERE for a quick story on where each player landed.

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The fourth Tiger taken on Saturday, WR James Wright, tied a program record that LSU set a year ago with nine players taken in a single draft.

Wright is headed to Cincinnati, joining Hill, who the Bengals selected in the second round last night. The special teams ace was the 239th overall pick in the seventh round.

Goes to show the power of special teams. That's where Wright primarily made his bones at LSU, particularly in the past two seasons with Beckham and Landry premier players at the receiver position.

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RB Alfred Blue brought LSU's haul up to eight in the 2014 Draft when the Houston Texans selected him three picks after Mettenberger went to the Titans.

Blue was the 181st overall pick in the sixth round.

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The freefall horror ended for former LSU QB Zach Mettenberger when the Tennessee Titans took the Watkinsville, Ga., native with the second pick of the sixth round Saturday (178th overall)

Surprisingly, Mettenberger was the tenth signal caller selected in the 2014 Draft, falling behind Virginia Tech's Logan Tomas and Pitt's Tom Savage as well as the SEC duo of Aaron Murray and AJ McCarron, who went a pick apart in the fifth round.

Here's what Mettenberger had to during the Combine in February.

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It took a little while for LSU to notch its first pick of the day, sixth total in the draft, but the wait ended with former LB Lamin Barrow.

The reigning AFC champion Denver Broncos selected Barrow, a product of John Ehret HS, with the 156th overall pick in the fifth round. Barrow was a five-year player at LSU, starting his final two seasons at outside linebacker.


FRIDAY NIGHT UPDATES: Former offensive guard Trai Turner rounded out a busy night for LSU on Friday when he was taken 92nd overall (third round) by the Carolina Panthers.

Turner will have a chance to protect former Auburn star and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. A St. Augustine product, Turner declared for the draft following his redshirt sophomore season. His stock had been on the rise in recent weeks with the added nugget that he's been training inside at center as well.

It's worth noting that none of LSU's five drafted players so far will reside in the same division. Beckham will be in the NFC East; Ferguson in the NFC North; Hill in the AFC North; Landry in the AFC East and Turner in the NFC South.

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LSU WR Jarvis Landry continued the strong night for LSU, becoming the third Tiger taken in the second round and fourth overall when the Miami Dolphins snagged him with the 63rd pick, the second-to-last choice of the second round.

Interestingly, the fish selected Landry a pick after New England took Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo. So Landry won't be catching balls from Tom Brady, but he will be in the same division as Brady while catching balls from former Texas A&M gunslinger Ryan Tannehill.

Here's what Landry had to say at the Combine in February while prepping for the draft.

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The third Tiger off the board, RB Jeremy Hill was selected 55th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals.

Hill was the second running back taken in the 2014 Draft, coming one pick after the Tennessee Titans laid claim to Washington back Bishop Sankey.

Here's what Hill had to say inside Lucas Oil Stadium in February during the Combine.

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In perhaps a bit of a surprise, former Tiger DT Ego Ferguson became the second LSU player taken in the 2014 Draft when the Bears tabbed the redshirt junior with the 51st overall pick in the second round.


THURSDAY NIGHT UPDATE: LSU WR Odell Beckham was selected 12th overall by the New York Giants, where he'll be reunited with former teammate Rueben Randle.

"I'm so overwhelmed and emotional right now," Beckham told ESPN's Suzy Kolber. "It's crazy. It's finally here. I'm just so blessed."

Then, when asked how he'd address the new hometown fans in New York, Beckham added, "It's time to bring home a Super Bowl. Let's get one."

Beckham becomes the highest-drafted receiver in LSU history. Former Tiger Michael Clayton was the previous standard-bearer at No. 14 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2004.

Here's what Beckham had to say back in February in an HD video I shot will covering the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.


It is expected that anywhere from eight to 11 former LSU players could be selected in this year's draft. The program set a record a year ago when nine Tigers were taken in the 2013 Draft.

Among the Tiger hopefuls are the offensive skill position foursome of QB Zach Mettenberger, RB Jeremy Hill, WR Odell Beckham and WR Jarvis Landry. Beckham is widely projected as the only sure-fire first-rounder from LSU.

Other former Bayou Bengals on the board: LB Lamin Barrow, RB Alfred Blue, WR Kadron Boone, FB J.C. Copeland, DT Ego Ferguson, DT Anthony Johnson, S Craig Loston, OG Trai Turner and WR James Wright.

For additional NFL Draft coverage, check out TSD's three LSU-based previews, tackling some of the biggest questions and featuring commentary from experienced NFL reports in the SCOUT network.

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