LSU has NFL drooling again

There's a reason the LSU Tigers have a 34-6 record over the past three seasons, with a national championship in 2007 and a No. 3 finish in 2006.

It's called difference-makers.

The Tigers had four difference-makers tabbed in Round 1 of the 2007 NFL Draft and are projected to have three more standouts selected in Round 1 this spring.

Last April LSU produced the No. 1 overall draft pick (quarterback JaMarcus Russell), the No. 6 pick (safety LaRon Landry), the No. 23 pick (receiver Dwayne Bowe) and the No. 30 pick (receiver Craig Davis).

Based on player ratings compiled by Don Banks and posted at SportsIllustrated.com, three more Tigers project to be first-rounders this April, including the No. 1 overall pick for the second year in succession.

Banks suggests defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey will go to the Miami Dolphins with the first pick of the 2008 selection process. Wide receiver Early Doucet is pegged as the pick No. 24 selection by the Tennessee Titans, with linebacker Ali Highsmith going to the New York Giants with pick No. 31.

Banks projects five more SEC players as likely first-rounders.

Banks sees Arkansas running back Darren McFadden going to the Raiders with pick No. 4, Auburn defensive end Quentin Groves going to the Jets with pick No. 6, Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson going to the Bears with pick No. 14, Florida defensive end Derrick Harvey going to the Steelers with pick No. 23 and Arkansas running back Felix Jones going to the Cowboys with pick No. 28.

Tennessee is not believed to have a player worthy of Round 1 consideration this year after producing two first-rounders last year. Defensive tackle Justin Harrell was pick No. 16 by the Packers and receiver Robert Meachem was pick No. 27 by the Saints.

Quarterback Erik Ainge and safety Jonathan Hefney were considered possible first-round talents heading into the 2007 college season but neither distinguished himself as a senior. The Vol with the best chance to sneak into the first round is linebacker Jerod Mayo, who recently declared for the NFL Draft rather than return for his senior season of college.


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