Likewise Ben Wilkerson is a dominant player on the pivot and a center with the versatility to play in several blocking schemes. Wilkerson is explosive, quick, and a blocker that holds the point or gets to the second level and finishes off defenders. It is rare that an underclassman causes a stir at center, but Wilkerson would do that if he leaves LSU for next April's affair.
Senior Stephan Peterman is an efficient blocker that dominates in a small area but lacks overall blocking range.
Tackle Rodney Reed plays with great intellect and fundamentals. Reed projects to guard and will not "wow" anyone with athletic workouts but has the skills and savvy to make a two-deep at the next level.
Matt Mauck has the arm and athletic ability to be an NFL quarterback but must stay healthy and needs a lot of repetition.
As with the scoring side of the ball, LSU has two very good underclassmen prospects on defense. Marquise Hill does not get the credit he deserves but is an outstanding defensive end that more than holds his own on the left side and besides rushing the passer, excels stopping the run. Hill has the potential to play in a two-gap system at left defensive end.
Marcus Spears offers better speed, explosion, and pass rushing abilities on the other side. Spears terrorizes opponents in the backfield but is not nearly as effective against the run compared to his teammate.
Tackle Chad Lavalais has great first step quickness on the inside but is not a wide-bodied space eater and gets controlled in one-on-one blocking situations.
Corner Corey Webster runs well and flashes on the scene but his cover instincts border on inadequate.
Lionel Turner gives good effort at linebacker and is a backup/special teams type.