05/12/2014 - As expected, the Panthers used one of their first three picks on an offensive lineman. But it wasn't for a much-needed tackle. Instead, they made LSU guard Trai Turner their third-round choice. A 6-2, 310-pounder isn't supposed to run a 4.93 40-yard dash. But when Turner did just that at the Combine, his stock started to rise. In a season and a half with the Tigers, he played 1,416 snaps and had 115 knockdown blocks while becoming an All-SEC second-team player last season.
Many believed he could be a first-round pick in 2015, but Turner and the Panthers feel he is pro-ready now. "I know that they like to pull their guards a lot. There is a lot of downhill blocking and basically the same schemes that I ran at LSU. A lot of power and a lot of zone," Turner said. "I know they like to pull the ball with Cam (Newton) and run the ball downhill. That's what I love to do." - The Sports Xchange
05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 88/5. *Trai Turner, OG, LSU, 6-3, 310, 4.91, 3...A third year sophomore who started 20 games, including all 13 at right guard last year. He is thick and looks like a bulldozer, but gets overextended and allows defenders to gain leverage. He has the power that equals potential in the NFL, where some team may see if he can help out at center. Frankly: Has the size, strength and his 10-yard split was that fastest of any guard at the combine. But he definitely could have used another year in college and must now learn on the job. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com
04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on Dallas' draft radar: OG Trai Turner, LSU: While the first few picks will mostly likely be defense, the Cowboys still have room to add pieces to the offensive line and Turner is a possible candidate in the third or fourth round. A surprise early declaration as a redshirt sophomore, the former LSU blocker is a big-bodied mauler with the base strength to hold his ground, but his hand technique, awareness and flexibility in pass protection are works-in-progress. He is a little straight-linish, but a wrecking ball at the second level with the mean streak and finishing toughness to eliminate defenders - doesn't often look pretty, but he gets the job done. Turner is raw, especially as a pass blocker, but fits as a physical bully in any scheme. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/13/2014 - LSU offensive guard Trai Turner's agent has told multiple sources that the Tiger will forgo his junior season and declare for the 2014 NFL draft. Earlier today, LSU sophomore running back Jeremy Hill declared for the draft with an announcement via Twitter. Turner's decision was reported by multiple national outlets, including ESPN's Joe Schad and Adam Schefter and CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora. LaCanfora tweeted that Turner's agent, Peter Schaffer, released a statement on Monday. The New Orleans native started all 13 games for the Tigers this season. Turner redshirted as a true freshman in 2011, allowing him to be eligible for the upcoming draft. Junior offensive tackle La'el Collins is also expected to make an announcement soon regarding his decision to stay at LSU or declare for the draft. - Lawrence Barreca, LSU The Reveille
12/11/2013 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM: OL - Trai Turner (Tie), LSU, 6-3, 316, So,...A second-year starter at right guard, Turner posted 54 knockdown blocks this season while paving the way for a rushing attack that produced 34 touchdowns, a figure that ranks second in the SEC, and an average of 200.8 rushing yards per game. - LSU football