'06 NFL Draft Watch: LSU

Les Miles takes over in the Bayou, inheriting a team whose roster reads as though it belongs in the NFL. The Tigers have as many as 17 NFL prospects that will be drafted over the course of the next three years. Almost half of them have first day potential. 

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On offense, the strength of the senior prospects lay on the line.  Tackle Andrew Whitworth could have very easily been a top 45 selection had he opted for last April's draft and now stands to improve his ranking with a good senior campaign.  A tall lineman with good size, Whitworth is fundamentally sound and effectively protects the quarterback's blind side as well as dominating the opposition run blocking.  While some feel Whitworth cannot handle the left tackle duties in the NFL, we think he is a top 40 selection and can play the position in the right system.  Nate Livings, experienced at both tackle and guard,  is a solid position blocker with strength at the point of attack.  Playing heads-up football, he effectively uses blocking angles yet lacks skill in space.  Offering size potential, Livings could slide into the middle rounds with good pre-draft workouts.  Center Rudy Niswanger, who filled in admirably last year when Ben Wilkerson went down with injury, is a solid late round candidate.  LSU has a trio of prospects at both running back and receiver.  Alley Broussard is a powerful, bruising runner on the inside and a ball carrier who displays good instincts.  Punishing, Broussard carries the pile yet sees the cutback lanes and gets through the open space on the field.  Working hard in all aspects, he is also an effective blocker.  Best between tackle, Broussard is not an elusive back who can create or run to daylight.  If he enters the draft after his junior campaign Broussard is a top 45 pick with the potential to go much higher.  Senior Joseph Addai possesses outstanding size\speed numbers and has a gliding style carrying the ball.  Displaying solid vision, he is a slippery back who does a terrific job catching the ball.  Addai is indecisive and gets limited carries playing behind Broussard. He also runs with an upright style which leads to punishing hits. Justin Vincent was the star of LSU's championship run two years ago yet now sits third on the depth chart.  A patient back with a burst of speed, Vincent flashes footwork and the ability to make defenders miss.  Not a strong ball carrier, Vincent does too much East\West running rather than taking it up the field.  He possesses good size\speed numbers and offers upside for the next level.  Senior receiver Skyler Green was limited last season with an ankle injury after a brilliant sophomore campaign.  A short yet explosive pass catcher, Green is also an outstanding return specialist, which is how he'll earn his wage at the next level.  Junior Dwayne Bowe is a sure handed receiver with nice size and a prospect who will draw comparisons to former-Tiger Michael Clayton.  Bowe is an outstanding red zone target and third down receiver.  Excelling as a downfield blocker, he possesses terrific upside for the next level.  Craig Davis is another underclassmen wide out with solid size and NFL-potential.  Senior tight end David Jones is a good pass catcher and fundamentally sound blocker.  Jones is a solid late round pick next April.   

The Tigers have several prospects throughout the defensive side of the ball.  Tackle Claude Wroten gave serious consideration to entering last April's draft yet made the right choice returning for his senior campaign.  An explosive interior lineman who gets off the snap with great quickness, Wroten plays with leverage and is tough to knock off his feet.  Chasing to get involved in the action, he is a solid run stuffer best in a straight line.  Kyle Williams is a hard working, resilient lineman quick off the snap.  Playing with leverage, Williams goes very hard until the whistle blows yet must improve his playing strength as he is driven off the line by opposing blockers.  Melvin Oliver could be the forgotten man up front and is an underrated prospect who plays with great explosion and intelligence.  Giving top effort, Oliver could fall into the very late rounds next April and is a solid candidate as a team's eighth defensive lineman.  Senior linebacker Cameron Vaughn has been a productive yet overlooked prospect the past two years.  Effective in run defense or pass coverage, he displays top instincts and is consistently around the action.  Not overly explosive, Vaughn takes himself out of the action and does not display the ability to immediately alter his angle of attack.  Holding down the middle linebacker position at LSU, Vaughn's ultimate NFL spot could be on the strong side.  A potentially early selection, junior safety LaRon Landry is a top athlete with solid size. Explosive yet disciplined in pass coverage, Landry has a burst of speed but needs to iron out the rough edges of his game.  Cornerback Ronnie Prude moves into the starting lineup this season and is a nice sized corner who will get late round consideration if he is productive.  

LSU Prospect List 

 Name Pos Yr #
Joseph Addai RB 5Sr 10
Dwayne Bowe WR 3Jr 80
Alley Broussard RB 3Jr 22
Craig Davis WR 3Jr 3
Skyler Green WR 4Sr 5
David Jones TE 5Sr 82
LaRon Landry S 3Jr 30
Nate Livings G 4Sr 71
Rudy Niswanger C 5Sr 64
Melvin Oliver DT 5Sr 90
Ronnie Prude CB 5Sr 8
JaMarcus Russell QB 3So 4
Cameron Vaughn OLB 4Sr 50
Justin Vincent RB 3Jr 25
Andrew Whitworth T 5Sr 76
Kyle Williams DT 4Sr 95
Claude Wroten DT 4Sr 98

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