For better or worse quarterback JaMarcus Russell is said to be leaning towards entering the NFL draft after this season. A big pocket passer, Russell possesses the arm strength necessary to make all the throws and loses nothing passing on the move. Effectively timing the outs, Russell also puts touch on throws when necessary. Needing to improve his overall pass placement and deep accuracy, Russell scatters passes, misses open receivers and makes questionable decisions. His physical skills carry an early round grade yet his game needs a lot of polish. Looking over Russell's shoulder is Matt Flynn who destroyed the Miami Hurricanes in last year's Peach Bowl. Another pocket passer with outstanding size Flynn also possesses the physical skills to be an NFL passer and the quarterback competition at LSU should be interesting. After his sophomore campaign running back Alley Broussard looked like a big time NFL prospect. Yet a major knee injury sidelined him in 2005 and recent reports say his rehabilitation has been slow in coming. A big back with good speed Broussard possesses the ability to pound the ball on the inside or beat defenders around the corner. Obviously the injury now makes him a wait and see prospect. Sitting in the wings is senior Justin Vincent, another back coming off a knee injury. A star for the Tigers as a freshman, Vincent's game and playing time has regressed the past two seasons. Possessing solid size/speed numbers as well as being an excellent receiver out of the backfield, Vincent has a definite chance to make an NFL roster as a number two back if he's healthy. Receiver Dwayne Bowe is another NFL prospect with top size. Bowe physically beats down opponents and consistently wins out in battles. Running well laterally he makes the reception in stride and displays solid eye/hand coordination. Bowe also helps out blocking downfield for the running game. Inconsistency has plagued him and Bowe dropped a ton of catchable balls last season. If he shows reliable hands as a senior and runs well prior to the draft Bowe is top 60-material. Teammate Craig Davis is significantly faster and much more reliable. Nicely adjusting to the errant throw Davis also makes the difficult grab in a crowd and fearlessly lays out for the catch. Effective running after the reception Davis is also a solid blocker and a prospect who could make a big jump up draft boards. Offensive lineman Brian Johnson will be used at right tackle this season but grades out as a late round pick at offensive guard.
The defense is highlighted by LaRon Landry, quite possibly the first safety to be drafted next April. A physical and hard-hitting defender who likes to mix it up, Landry works well with cornerbacks and plays heads up football. Possessing recovery and closing speed, he does a terrific job positioning himself against opponents to defend the throw. Former Texas Longhorn Chase Pittman is a solid pass rusher who moves well laterally and plays with leverage. Possessing just average size/speed numbers, he is likely a late round choice next April. Jesse Daniels is another tough defender at the safety position. Displaying skill in zone Daniels quickly changes direction and flashes ability when placed over the slot receiver. Daniels must run well prior to April's draft to move into the middle rounds.
LSU Prospect List