With a large contingent of NFL representatives on-hand, 20 draft-eligible Tigers worked out in Baton Rouge at LSU's on-campus pro day on Wednesday. Most of the top prospects like Barkevious Mingo and Tyrann Mathieu decided to stand on their times from the combine, but several other players were able to perform in front of several general managers and head coaches, including the Steelers' Mike Tomlin and the Saints' Sean Payton.
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Mathieu and Mingo participated in positional drills and both impressed throughout the afternoon. Afterward, they were also popular in interviews as well, with the Honey Badger spending extensive time with Tomlin and several of the other NFL assistant coaches on campus. Mathieu is expected to be drafted sometime on the second day of the draft and Mingo is a likely first-round pick. Head coach Les Miles added that he wouldn't be surprised if Mingo is the “first defensive player off the board.”
Linebacker Kevin Minter ran a 4.81 40-yard dash at the combine but was able to improve that number to 4.67 on Wednesday, adding a 34.5-inch vertical jump, 7.37 three-cone drill and 4.47 short shuttle. The potential first-round pick also looked smooth in linebacker drills and only helped his case to be the first player chosen in the draft at his position, ahead of other middle linebackers like Manti Te'o and Alec Ogletree.
With double-digit underclassmen leaving early for the NFL, LSU might challenge the record for the number of draft picks in a single year, which stands at 14 (Ohio State, 2004).
Other notes from LSU's Pro Day:
-- Defensive end Lavar Edwards stood on several of his marks from the combine but was able to improve his 40-yard dash (4.78) and bench press (21 reps). Although he hasn't received the same attention as the Tigers' other pass rushers like Mingo and Sam Montgomery, Edwards is very much in the top-100 discussion.
-- Wide receiver Russell Shepard was a late addition to the Senior Bowl but he didn't receive an invitation to the combine. On Wednesday, he turned in average workout results, including a 4.51 40-yard dash, 4.32 short shuttle, 7.04 three-cone drill, 38.5-inch vertical jump and 10-4 broad jump.
-- Cornerback Tharold Simon ran a 4.51 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and was able to improve that number at LSU's pro day with times in the 4.44-4.49 range. He also improved his short shuttle (4.41) and three-cone drill (7.00) on Wednesday.