LSU pro day preview: Tyrann Mathieu, Kevin Minter hope to improve draft stock


Minter was disappointed in his performance at the NFL Combine, but will have a chance to improve it on Wednesday.

All 32 teams are expected to be in attendance at Wednesday's LSU Pro Day in Baton Rouge, LA as 27 former LSU players will workout for NFL teams, including Tyrann Mathieu, Kevin Minter and Barkevious Mingo.

Minter and Mingo are the two Tigers players that are most expected to be first-round selections in the 2013 NFL Draft, but the center of attention will undoubtedly be Mathieu, who hasn't visited the campus since Oct. 25 when he was arrested for simple possession of marijuana.

A former Heisman Trophy finalist, Mathieu was dismissed from the team in August 2012 due to his off-the-field troubles, but he has had a solid pre-draft period so far with an impressive showing at the 2013 NFL Combine. On Tuesday, NFL Network's Mike Mayock predicted that Mathieu would land in the third or fourth round of April's draft.

For Minter, the day will be important as he's looking to bounce back from a disappointing performance at the Combine. He told Jim Kleinpeter of The Times-Picayune that his 4.81 40-yard dash time wasn't indicative of his real speed:

"That was a slow time for me," Minter said in a phone interview this week. "I didn't get out as well as I should have on the start. That was pretty much it. I've worked on it the past couple of weeks.

Wednesday is also a big day for defensive end Sam Montgomery who will need to salvage his draft stock as best he can. He looked stiff at times during the 2012 season and told reporters at the Combine that he didn't give 100 percent in all games. Pass rushing drills and change-of-direction drills will be important for Montgomery to show that he is deserving of the first-round selection that many believed he once was.

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