T-Bob: LSU shines in Round Two of Draft
LSU saw three of the underclassmen that left early get taken in the second round of the NFL draft. It all started at pick #51 when the Chicago Bears drafted Ego Ferguson. Ego is a player that has improved dramatically since he arrived at LSU and really made a name for himself with a standout season in 2014.
It is funny, because I remember Ego grinding away on the scout team trying to get better each and every day and it seems to have paid off. He is a good example of why guys shouldn’t get too discouraged if you have to spend a couple years in a back up role, you just have to make the most of your opportunities just like Ego did. Ego had more tackles last season than any other DT at LSU since Glenn Dorsey. Remember that means he beat out the likes of Michael Brockers and Benny Logan for that stat and both of those players have excelled on Sundays.
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Hot off the heels of Ego, the Cincinnati Bengals selected standout running back Jeremy Hill with the 55th pick of the draft. In my opinion, Hill is a first-round talent that would have been a premier pick in any other era of the NFL. With the current devalued RB market, however, Hill represented an excellent value pick, as he was just the second RB taken off the board. The Bengals already have a speedster in Giovanni Bernard and now they have strengthened their backfield with the addition of the 6’1 230 pound Hill. Jeremy proved he could do it all during his time at LSU whether it was running between the tackles or taking it outside. Perhaps most impressively Hill posted an eye popping 6.9 yards per carry despite having over 200 carries on the year.
The run on LSU guys culminated with one of my favorite teammates getting picked up when the Miami Dolphins took Jarvis Landry with the 63rd pick overall. I love everything about Jarvis Landry’s game both on and off the field. One of the toughest receivers I’ve played with, Landry was never scared to go over the middle and make a play. Has excellent hands combined with the ability to make insane circus catches (think the last two Arkansas games). Landry put up excellent stats in 2013 grabbing 77 catches for 1193 yards and 10 TDs.
Jarvis is a 3rd down nightmare that will present matchup problems in the slot for NFL teams. My favorite part of Landry’s game, however, has to be his work ethic. No one ever told Jarvis to get extra work he does it all on his own. He used to be in the indoor facility early in the morning and late at night constantly working on his routes and hands on the jugs machine. Bottom line, you can’t teach ambition and Jarvis Landry has it in spades.