Pro Day Tour '14: LSU Loaded with Talent

With the Packers short on talent in the passing game and needing a shot in the arm on special teams, they would have an interesting decision to make if Odell Beckham Jr. is available at No. 21. Plus, a small-school sleeper receiver.

LSU hosted the last big pro day of the year on Tuesday, with the Tigers featuring a half-dozen players who might go in the first three rounds.

From the Green Bay Packers' perspective, receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry, defensive linemen Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson, safety Craig Loston, inside linebacker Lamin Barrow and fullback J.C. Copeland were the main attractions.

The real intrigue surrounds Beckham, who might be available for the Packers when they're on the clock with the 21st overall selection. Green Bay, which lost James Jones in free agency and probably won't bring back Jermichael Finley, lacks firepower in the passing game.

Beckham (5-11, 198) won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation's best all-purpose player. His 2,310 all-purpose yards just missed Randall Cobb's SEC record of 2,396 yards. He caught 59 passes for 1,152 yards (19.5 average) and eight touchdowns. Plus, he'd provide a much-needed jolt on special teams. He averaged 26.4 yards per kickoff return and 8.9 yards per punt return.

He stuck with his superior workout from the Scouting Combine, which include a 4.43 in his 40-yard dash, a 38.5-inch vertical and the top times the 20- and 60-yard shuttles.

Beckham's sidekick, Jarvis Landry (5-11, 205), offers a similar skill-set to that of the departed Jones. Tough, strong and sure-handed, he caught 77 passes for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns. That's more receptions and touchdowns that Beckham. He ran in just 4.77 at the Combine but improved to 4.58, according to a source. He had an excellent positional workout, as well.

"The main thing I wanted to do was show that there are not too many guys who can run routes like me and Jarvis," Beckham told NOLA.com. "This is our craft, this is our perfection and we wanted to show we're the best route-runners in the nation."

Johnson (6-2, 311) and Ferguson (6-3, 302) figure to join Landry as Day 2 selections. Ferguson, who didn't test at the Combine (other than his 24 reps on the bench) due to an ankle injury, flashed his athleticism with a 5.08 in the 40. If he's on the board in the third round, he would be a consideration for the Packers. Johnson, the more touted of the tandem with his three sacks and nine tackles for losses in 2013, stuck with his Combine workout of 5.24 and 20 reps.

The hard-hitting Loston (6-1, 217), who picked off three passes as a senior, stuck with his 4.65 from the Combine and fell a half-inch short of his 32.5-inch vertical. Barrow (6-1, 237), a name to remember in the fourth round if the Packers don't strike on C.J. Mosley or Ryan Shazier in the first, kept his impressive 4.64 from the Combine. Barrow had a team-high 91 tackles to anchor a young defensive front seven.

The rampaging Copeland (5-11, 268) ran in 4.94, according to the LSU Web site. The Packers gave John Kuhn a one-year deal so it's possible they'll be looking to draft his successor. He's the best lead-blocking fullback in the draft but caught just seven passes in his career.

Finally, a sleeper pick would be Tahj Jones. He was a backup linebacker for the Tigers but, at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, his NFL future is at safety. He ran in 4.53 with a 30.5-inch vertical, according to a source.

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Receiver Lee Doss (6-1, 176) was the Jaguars' top player and a third-team FCS All-American with 78 receptions for 1,172 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. He's a big-time sleeper who drew 25 schools to the workout. He ran as fast as 4.48 with a 36-inch vertical and caught every pass other than a low ball thrown in the dirt. He is scheduled to perform at Tulane's pro day on Friday, but performed so well in front of so many scouts that he may let Tuesday's workout stand on its own.

Tight end Rashaun Allen (6-2, 257) caught just nine passes for 53 yards as a senior. But he ran in 4.69 with a 39-inch vertical, according to a source, which ought to get him a look someplace.


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