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LSU leading WR Rueben Randle entering draft

Posted on: January 14, 2012 7:57 pm

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

LSU may have kept one receiver in the fold. But their best one is off to the NFL.

Junior Rueben Randle -- the Tigers' leading receiver in their undefeated (and ultimately unfulfilled) march to the BCS National Championship game -- announced Friday that he would be forgoing his final season in Baton Rouge to enter this April's NFL draft. Randle's father Emmett Randle confirmed that his son had filed the necessary paperwork to join the draft as a third-year player.

“There was no one particular thing,” Emmett Randle told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “It was a combination of things that told him he needed to move on.”

One of those things is likely that Randle could prove to be a first-day draft pick; Emmett said that the NFL had graded Rueben as a potential second-round pick, and with prototypical pro size at 6'4", 208 pounds, Randle's stock shouldn't be harmed by pre-draft workouts.

It's that same rare combination of size and athleticism that made Randle one of the nation's most elite, highly sought-after recruits in the class of 2009, when he was regularly tabbed as one of the top five prospects at any position. The sky-high expectations meant that his production as a freshman and sophomore -- 44 total receptions, just over 700 yards -- was viewed as something of a disappointment.

Randle made good on his potential and then some in 2011, however, leading the Tigers with 53 receptions, 917 yards, and 8 touchdowns. His 17.3 average yards per-reception led the SEC among receivers with at least 50 catches. (We here at Eye on CFB named him first-team All-SEC for the impact his downfield receiving threat made on the LSU offense.)

So the move makes sense from Randle's perspective. But it won't make it any easier for the Tigers to take, not with Morris Claiborne and Michael Brockers having already elected to enter the draft as well. Fellow receiver Russell Shepard will be staying in Baton Rouge, but the national title game (as well as the Tigers' first meeting with the Tide) showed how badly the LSU offense needs to develop its deep passing game against truly elite defenses--and now the Tigers will lose their only bona fide downfield threat. The hole left by Randle's decision won't be an easy one for Les Miles to fill.

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Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:14 pm

LSU leading WR Rueben Randle entering draft

Randle is actually faster than Bowe, just not as thick.  I also think Randle's hands are better.  I suspect that if Randle had worked with a decent QB, he would be a first round pick.  As it stands now, he will be drafted no later than the second round.  Anyone saying that he will go in the 6th is just showing all of us how little they actually know about football. 

Since: Feb 17, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:53 pm

LSU leading WR Rueben Randle entering draft

@ 2L-46N2- you my friend are just another run of the mill Ravens fan. Without a doubt Ravens Ravens fans are the least knowledgeable fan base I know.  The kid is a D.Dowe clone

Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:20 pm

LSU leading WR Rueben Randle entering draft

2nd Round to the Rams.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:06 am

LSU leading WR Rueben Randle entering draft

Sounds like another SEC hater posting. This kid goes no worse than 3rd round after playing in the NFL minor league, aka, SEC.

Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2012 9:15 pm

LSU leading WR Rueben Randle entering draft

Welcome to the 6th round of the draft, young man.

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