After last season, LSU had 11 underclassmen players enter the NFL Draft. While that many may not go pro this year, the Tigers stand to lose several players, particularly on offense.
Iowa, LSU's Outback Bowl opponent today, isn't expected to lose any underclassmen. The team's best prospect in left tackle Brandon Scherff. He already announced he'd be back for his senior season.
When LSU has the football:
Wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry both look like locks to be top 100 picks in May. Landry leads the team in receptions, yards and receiving touchdowns. He's a consistent player. Beckham is more of a big-play receiver who is averaging nearly 20 yards per catch.
Running back Jeremy Hill won't say whether or not he's going pro quite yet, but most expect him to. Hill runs with a lot of effort and is hard to tackle. Hill isn't much in the passing game, but teams looking for a powerful back will like him. Alfred Blue may be third on LSU in rushing yards, but he may go pro as well. He's a solid player with size and just hasn't gotten many opportunities in a crowded backfield. Junior La'el Collins is in his first year starting at left tackle after excelling at guard last season. While he's probably more of an interior blocker in the NFL, he's held his own on the outside thanks to his strength.
When Iowa has the football
With Scherff announcing he is coming back to school, Iowa's best NFL Draft prospect is tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz. He's a tall, physical tight end who can get open in the seam and play at the line of scrimmage as a blocker. He's very similar in style and stature to former Iowa tight end Scott Chandler.
If Fiedorowicz goes over the middle, he should expect to see LSU middle linebacker Lamin Barrow. A solid Day 3 prospect, Barrow leads in tackles with 86 and has 4.5 tackles for loss. Safety Craig Loston will also factor in covering Fiedorowicz. Loston likes to lay a big hit, so he'll sometimes gamble and miss. But when he connects, players on the opposing offense know it.
For the Outback Bowl, LSU will be without defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, who is suspended for the game. The Tigers have another solid defensive tackle prospect in Anthony Johnson. The junior wasn't quite as disruptive as he was a season ago, but NFL teams will still like his quickness in the middle.
Quickness is also what teams will like about junior defensive end Jermauria Rasco. He's not quite Barkevious Mingo, but Rasco is just touching on his potential in his first season as a starter.