Tigers wait on Day 2 of draft

The first day of the 2004 NFL saw four former LSU players taken over the first three rounds.<br><br>Other Tigers now wait to hear their name called during Day 2.

The most likely name to be called on Sunday is defensive tackle Chad Lavalais. Pro scouts have good things to say about his speed, quickness off the line and intensity, making up for his lack of size compared to most NFL interior linemen.

Draft experts with TheInsiders.com projects Lavalais to be taken in the middle of the fourth round.

Quarterback Matt Mauck entered the draft a year early and hopes to add the NFL to his pro sports resume. A former catcher in the Chiacgo Cubs' farm system, Mauck came to LSU and led the Tigers to a win in the 2001 SEC Championship game, the 2003 SEC title and the 2004 BCS national championship.

While not the most physically impressive QB available, Mauck has made an impression with his evasiveness and ability to grasp and execute an offense.

TheInsiders.com does not expect Mauck to be selected in the draft, perhaps leaving him to make the NFL as a free agent.

Other former Tigers who, if they opt for pro careers, are expected to go the free agent route are linebacker Eric Alexander, tight end Eric Edwards, cornerback Randall Gay, punter Donnie Jones, safeties Jack Hunt and Adrian Mayes and offensive tackle Rodney Reed.

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