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LSU Leads Nation with Nine NFL Draft Picks

LSU Leads Nation with Nine NFL Draft Picks

BATON ROUGE — After a nation-leading five players were selected in the opening three rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, four more members of the LSU football team heard their name called during Saturday’s final four rounds.

The total of nine tied the school record set in last year’s draft and was the highest in the nation in 2014. Alabama and Notre Dame each had eight.

LSU head coach Les Miles has now put more players in the NFL draft (60) during his tenure at LSU (2005-present) than any other SEC school, and ranks second nationally to USC (61).

The first Tiger selected on day 3 of the draft was senior linebacker Lamin Barrow, who was the 156th overall pick, the 16th pick of the fifth round by the Denver Broncos.

Barrow, a linebacker from Marrero, received No. 18 prior to senior season in 2013, a jersey traditionally given to “the consummate LSU Tiger.” He was a two-year starter for the Tigers and finished his career with 230 tackles, seven pass breakups, seven QB hurries and recovered four fumbles. During 2013, he had a team-leading 91 tackles and earned second-team All-SEC honors.

The second pick of the sixth round (178 overall) was LSU senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger by the Tennessee Titans.

In just two seasons, Mettenberger threw for 5,783 yards (No. 6 in LSU history) and 35 TD’s (No. 5 in LSU history) while becoming the only player in school history to have back-to-back seasons of at least 2,500 yards. Twice named a permanent team captain by his teammates, he posted a 19-6 record before a knee injury sidelined him for LSU’s Outback Bowl game in 2013. He returned from surgery in December in time to take part in LSU’s Pro Day on April 9.

Three picks after Mettenberger, the Houston Texans selected senior running back Alfred Blue as the 181st overall pick, fifth in the sixth round.

Blue, a Boutte native, rushed for 1,253 yards and 11 TD’s during four seasons at LSU. He was sidelined by a knee injury after leading the Tigers in rushing through three weeks of the 2012 season.

Midway through the seventh round, LSU’s third wide receiver of the 2014 draft was selected, as senior James Wright became a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Wright was the 239th overall pick. He impressed scouts and pro coaches at LSU’s Pro Day, running a 4.43 40-yard dash with a 128-inch broad jump and a 38.5-inch vertical leap. While playing behind Beckham Jr. and Landry during his senior season, he made his biggest impact on special teams in 2013.

On Thursday night, junior Odell Beckham Jr. became the highest drafted wide receiver in school history when the New York Giants selected at No. 12 of the first round.

When the draft continued on Friday evening with rounds 2 and 3, four more Tigers had been taken, giving Miles’ squad the most picks in the opening three rounds (tied with Notre Dame at five).

First, junior defensive tackle Ego Ferguson came off the board with the 19th pick (51st overall) of the second round by the Chicago Bears. Ferguson became the 300th LSU Tiger to be selected in NFL Draft history, and his selection marked the 11th-straight year that an LSU defensive lineman was picked.

Four picks later, sophomore running back Jeremy Hill was tabbed by the Cincinnati Bengals as the 55th overall pick, 23rd in the second round. Though no backs were taken in the first 53 picks of the draft, Hill was the second of eight runners taken between 54th and 97th on Friday night.

Before the second round was done, junior Jarvis Landry was plucked by the Miami Dolphins as the 63rd overall selection, 31st in the second round. Landry joined Beckham Jr. as 1000-yard receivers in 2013, and was among a record 12 wide receivers taken in the first two rounds.

The last of five underclassmen to come off the board in the first three rounds was offensive guard Trai Turner, who was the 92nd overall pick (28th in the third round) by the Carolina Panthers.

LSU Players in the 2014 NFL Draft

Round (Pick) Team – Player, Pos.
1 (12) Giants – Odell Beckham Jr., WR
2 (51) Bears – Ego Ferguson, DT
2 (55) Bengals – Jeremy Hill, RB
2 (63) Dolphins (from Broncos through 49ers) – Jarvis Landry, WR
3 (92) Panthers – Trai Turner, OG
5 (156) Broncos (From Bears) – Lamin Barrow, OLB
6 (178) Titans (From Redskins) – Zach Mettenberger, QB 
6 (181) Texans (From Raiders) – Alfred Blue, RB
7 (239) Bengals – James Wright, WR

Free Agent Signings via Player/Agent Twitter accounts:

WR Kadron Boone to Philadelphia Eagles

FB JC Copeland to Dallas Cowboys

DT Anthony Johnson to Miami Dolphins

S Craig Loston to Jacksonville Jaguars (per team)


On LB Lamin Barrow (drafted in the fifth round, 156th overall, from LSU)
“We were thrilled that he was still there. We moved back a little bit and picked up the fifth-round pick for next year. We had to sweat it out a little bit but thankfully he was still there.”

On hoping Barrow would fall to them after trading back
“It comes down to a matter of how many linebackers are still there that can come in and help you. I thought it was a safe move for us to go back. The linebackers started moving a little bit so it made for some nervous moments but fortunately he got to us.”

On Barrow
“He’s a tough guy and a good kid. He can play ‘Mike’ or ‘Will.’ He’s got good speed, can run and has good instincts. He’s going to bring great competition to the linebacker group.”

LINEBACKER LAMIN BARROW (Rd. 5, No. 156 overall, LSU)

On playing inside or outside linebacker
“I definitely came into the fold—came up as an inside linebacker. But then LSU and their coach, [LSU Defensive Coordinator John] Chavis he had me on the left side and then the middle, but it’s definitely something I’m looking forward to (playing in the middle). I feel like I’m going to work really hard and whatever they need me to play, I’ll play it.”

On his experience and playing in big games
“Just coming from LSU and playing with some of the players there, I feel like that had a big effect. They were always helping me out tremendously, they’re always going to grind at me, grind for me. It was always coming in from the beginning, came in with the mindset to work. I had to do that with Kevin [Minter], we got on the field last year, we did great things. [It was] kind of one of those situations where I missed him a little bit last year but I was telling him I can deal [with it]. We can do great things, do different things.”

On his leadership and slowing down Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
“Losing seven starters, the depth of the team, the lineup of the defensive team as a whole, leaned on me and looked to me for guidance and leadership. I had to focus on that a little bit more than last year. It’s something that I feel like I was ready for. Something like I feel like I’m a natural leader and it helped me to do that and to wear number 18 as a representative of LSU, you know I was ready for. And just playing a guy like that, a guy like Johnny Manziel, you always have to be ready. And Chavis, he always dials up a great game plan against those guys and I think two years in a row playing that guy, we pretty much stoned him. He’s a hell of an athlete, that’s pretty clear, but we tried to come out with a real defensive mindset, tried not to give him an inch and we did that.”

On the moment of being drafted
“The moment was just surreal. There was so much you’ve been waiting on; I’ve been dreaming of this my whole life. Just watching the draft, you get frustrated seeing some of the guys, some of the people going before me, teams passing on me. And I got on the phone, I talked to Coach [Defensive Coordinator] Del Rio and I talked to Mr. [EVP of Football Ops./GM John] Elway and they just said, ‘Welcome to the family.’ I knew it was real at that point and I’m celebrating with my family, we’re just celebrating right now.”

On playing special teams
“Oh definitely. I think I’m going to make my first impact, maybe made my biggest impact on special teams. I’m definitely trying to work at that in addition to my contributions on defense. I just can’t wait to get down there and start working.”

2014 NFL Draft
May 10, 2014

Fourth Round
1. (101) Eagles (From Texans) – Jaylen Watkins, CB (Florida)
2. (102) Redskins – Bashaud Breeland, CB (Clemson)
3. (103) Falcons – Devonta Freeman, RB (Florida St.)
4. (104) Jets (From Buccaneers) – Jalen Saunders, WR (Oklahoma)
5. (105) Patriots (From Jaguars) – Bryan Stork, C (Florida St.)
6. (106) 49ers (From Browns) – Bruce Ellington, WR (South Carolina)
7. (107) Raiders – Justin Ellis, DT (Louisiana Tech)
8. (108) Seahawks (From Vikings) – Cassius Marsh, DE (UCLA)
9. (109) Bills – Ross Cockrell, CB (Duke)
10. (110) Rams – Mo Alexander, SS (Utah St.)
11. (111) Bengals (From Lions through Seahawks) – Russell Bodine, C (North Carolina)
12. (112) Titans – DaQuan Jones, DT (Penn St.)
13. (113) Giants – Andre Williams, RB (Boston College)
14. (114) Jaguars (From Ravens) – Aaron Colvin, CB (Oklahoma)
15. (115) Jets – Shaq Evans, WR (UCLA)
16. (116) Raiders (From Dolphins) – Keith McGill, CB (Utah)
17. (117) Bears – Ka’Deem Carey, RB (Arizona)
18. (118) Steelers – Martavis Bryant, WR (Clemson)
19. (119) Cowboys – Anthony Hitchens, OLB (Iowa)
20. (120) Cardinals – Logan Thomas, QB (Virginia Tech)
21. (121) Packers – Carl Bradford, OLB (Arizona St.)
22. (122) Titans (From Eagles) – Marqueston Huff, FS (Wyoming)
23. (123) Seahawks (From Bengals) – Kevin Norwood, WR (Alabama)
24. (124) Chiefs – De’Anthony Thomas, RB (Oregon)
25. (125) Dolphins (From Chargers) – Walt Aikens, CB (Liberty)
26. (126) Saints – Khairi Fortt, ILB (California)
27. (127) Browns (From Colts) – Pierre Desir, CB (Lindenwood)
28. (128) Panthers – Tre Boston, SS (North Carolina)
29. (129) 49ers – Dontae Johnson, CB (NC State)
30. (130) Patriots – James White, RB (Wisconsin)
31. (131) Bears (From Broncos) – Brock Vereen, S (Minnesota)
32. (132) Seahawks – Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB (Boston College)
33. (133) Lions (Compensatory selection) – Nevin Lawson, CB (Utah St.)
34. (134) Ravens (Compensatory selection) – Brent Urban, DT (Virginia)
35. (135) Texans (Compensatory selection) – Tom Savage, QB (Pittsburgh)
36. (136) Lions (Compensatory selection) – Larry Webster, DE (Bloomsburg)
37. (137) Jets (Compensatory selection) – Dakota Dozier, OT (Furman)
38. (138) Ravens (Compensatory selection) – Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB (Coastal Carolina)
39. (139) Falcons (Compensatory selection) – Prince Shembo, OLB (Notre Dame)
40. (140) Patriots (Compensatory selection) – Cameron Fleming, OT (Stanford)

Fifth Round
1. (141) Eagles (From Texans) – Taylor Hart, DE (Oregon)
2. (142) Redskins – Ryan Grant, WR (Tulane)
3. (143) Buccaneers – Kadeem Edwards, OG (Tennessee St.)
4. (144) Jaguars – Telvin Smith, OLB (Florida St.)
5. (145) Vikings (From Browns) – David Yankey, OG (Stanford)
6. (146) Cowboys (From Raiders through Seahawks and Lions) – Devin Street, WR (Pittsburgh)
7. (147) Falcons – Ricardo Allen, CB (Purdue)
8. (148) Panthers (From Vikings) – Bene Benwikere, CB (San Jose St.)
9. (149) Buccaneers (From Bills) – Kevin Pamphile, OT (Purdue)
10. (150) 49ers (From Lions through Jaguars) – Aaron Lynch, DE (USF)
11. (151) Titans – Avery Williamson, ILB (Kentucky)
12. (152) Giants – Nat Berhe, SS (San Diego St.)
13. (153) Bills (From Rams) – Cyril Richardson, OG (Baylor)
14. (154) Jets – Jeremiah George, ILB (Iowa St.)
15. (155) Dolphins – Arthur Lynch, TE (Georgia)
16. (156) Broncos (From Bears) – Lamin Barrow, OLB (LSU)
17. (157) Steelers – Shaquille Richardson, CB (Arizona)
18. (158) Lions (From Cowboys) – Caraun Reid, CB (Arizona)
19. (159) Jaguars (From Ravens) – Chris Smith, DE (Arkansas)
20. (160) Cardinals – Ed Stinson, DE (Alabama)
21. (161) Packers – Corey Linsley, C (Ohio St.)
22. (162) Eagles – Ed Reynolds, FS (Stanford)
23. (163) Chiefs – Aaron Murray, QB (Georgia)
24. (164) Bengals – AJ McCarron, QB (Alabama)
25. (165) Chargers – Ryan Carrethers, DT (Arkansas St.)
26. (166) Colts – Jonathan Newsome, DE (Ball St.)
27. (167) Saints – Vinnie Sunseri, SS (Alabama)
28. (168) Falcons (From Panthers through Vikings) – Marquis Spruill, ILB (Syracuse)
29. (169) Saints (From Patriots through Eagles) – Ronald Powell, OLB (Florida)
30. (170) 49ers – Keith Reaser, CB (Florida Atlantic)
31. (171) Dolphins (From Broncos through 49ers) – Jordan Tripp, OLB (Montana)
32. (172) Seahawks – Jimmy Staten, DT (Middle Tennessee)
33. (173) Steelers (Compensatory selection) – Wesley Johnson, OT (Vanderbilt)
34. (174) Giants (Compensatory selection) – Devon Kennard, OLB (USC)
35. (175) Ravens (Compensatory selection) – John Urschel, OG (Penn St.)
36. (176) Packers (Compensatory selection) – Jared Abbrederis, WR (Wisconsin)

Sixth Round

1. (177) Texans – Jeoffrey Pagan, DE (Alabama)
2. (178) Titans (From Redskins) – Zach Mettenberger, QB (LSU)
3. (179) Patriots (From Jaguars) – Jon Halapio, OG (Florida)
4. (180) 49ers (From Browns) – Kenneth Acker, CB (SMU)
5. (181) Texans (From Raiders) – Alfred Blue, RB (LSU)
6. (182) Vikings (From Falcons) – Antone Exum, CB (Virginia Tech)
7. (183) Bears (From Buccaneers) – David Fales, QB (San Jose St.)
8. (184) Vikings – Kendall James, CB (Maine)
9. (185) Buccaneers (From Bills) – Robert Herron, WR (Wyoming)
10. (186) Redskins (From Titans) – Lache Seastruck, RB (Baylor)
11. (187) Giants – Bennett Jackson, CB (Notre Dame)
12. (188) Rams – E.J. Gaines, CB (Missouri)
13. (189) Lions – T.J. Jones, WR (Notre Dame)
14. (190) Dolphins – Matt Hazel, WR (Coastal Carolina)
15. (191) Bears – Pat O’Donnell, P (Miami)
16. (192) Steelers – Jordan Zumwalt, ILB (UCLA)
17. (193) Chiefs (From Cowboys) – Zach Fulton, OG (Tennessee)
18. (194) Ravens – Keith Wenning, QB (Ball St.)
19. (195) Jets – Brandon Dixon, CB Northwest (Missouri St.)
20. (196) Cardinals – Walt Powell, WR (Murray St.)
21. (197) Packers – Demetri Goodson, CB (Baylor)
22. (198) Patriots (From Eagles) – Zach Moore, DE (Concordia)
23. (199) Seahawks (From Bengals) – Garrett Scott, OT (Marshall)
24. (200) Chiefs – Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT (McGill/Canada)
25. (201) Chargers – Marion Grice, RB (Arizona State)
26. (202) Saints – Tavon Rooks, OT (Kansas St.)
27. (203) Colts – Andrew Jackson, ILB (Western Kentucky)
28. (204) Panthers – Tyler Gaffney, RB (Stanford)
29. (205) Jaguars (From 49ers) – Luke Bowanko, C (Virginia)
30. (206) Patriots – Jemea Thomas, CB (Georgia Tech)
31. (207) Broncos – Matthew Paradis, C (Boise St.)
32. (208) Seahawks – Eric Pinkins, FS (San Diego St.)
33. (209) Jets (Compensatory selection) – Quincy Enunwa,  WR (Nebraska)
34. (210) Jets (Compensatory selection) – IK Enemkpali, DE (Louisiana Tech)
35. (211) Texans (Compensatory selection) – Jay Prosch, FB (Auburn)
36. (212) Bengals (Compensatory selection) – Marquis Flowers, OLB (Arizona)
37. (213) Jets (Compensatory selection) – Tajh Boyd, QB (Clemson)
38. (214) Rams (Compensatory selection) – Garrett Gilbert, QB (SMU)
39. (215) Steelers (Compensatory selection) – Daniel McCullers, DT (Tennessee)

Seventh Round

1. (216) Texans – Andre Hal, CB (Vanderbilt)
2. (217) Redskins – Ted Bolser, TE (Indiana)
3. (218) Ravens (From Browns) – Mike Campanaro, WR (Wake Forest)
4. (219) Raiders – Travis Carrie, CB (Ohio)
5. (220) Vikings (From Falcons) – Shamar Stephen, DT (Connecticut)
6. (221) Bills (From Buccaneers) – Randell Johnson, OLB (Florida Atlantic)
7. (222) Jaguars – Storm Johnson, RB Central (Florida)
8. (223) Vikings – Brandon Watts, OLB (Georgia Tech)
9. (224) Eagles (From Bills) – Beau Allen, DT (Wisconsin)
10. (225) Vikings (From Giants through Panthers) – Jabari Price, CB (North Carolina)
11. (226) Rams – Mitchell Van Dyk, OT (Portland St.)
12. (227) Seahawks (From Lions) – Kiero Small, RB (Arkansas)
13. (228) Redskins (From Titans) – Zach Hocker, K (Arkansas)
14. (229) Lions (From Bears through Cowboys) – Nate Freese, K (Boston College)
15. (230) Steelers – Rob Blanchflower, TE (Massachusetts)
16. (231) Cowboys – Ben Gardner, DE (Stanford)
17. (232) Colts (From Ravens) – Ulrick John, OT Georgia St.
18. (233) Jets – Trevor Reilly, OLB (Utah)
19. (234) Dolphins – Terrence Fede, DE (Marist)
20. (235) Raiders (From Cardinals) – Shelby Harris, DE (Illinois St.)
21. (236) Packers – Jeff Janis, WR (Saginaw Valley St.)
22. (237) Bills (From Eagles) – Seantrel Henderson, OT (Miami)
23. (238) Cowboys (From Chiefs) – Will Smith, OLB (Texas Tech)
24. (239) Bengals – James Wright, WR (LSU)
25. (240) Chargers – Tevin Reese, WR (Baylor)
26. (241) Rams (From Colts) – C.B. Bryant, FS (Ohio St.)
27. (242) Broncos (From Saints through 49ers) – Corey Nelson, OLB (Oklahoma)
28. (243) 49ers (From Panthers) – Kaleb Ramsey, DE (Boston College)
29. (244) Patriots – Jeremy Gallon, WR (Michigan)
30. (245) 49ers – Trey Millard, FB (Oklahoma)
31. (246) Bears (From Broncos) – Charles Leno Jr., OT (Boise St.)
32. (247) Raiders (From Seahawks) – Jonathan Dowling, SS (Western Kentucky)
33. (248) Cowboys (Compensatory selection) – Ahmad Dixon, SS (Baylor)
34. (249) Rams (Compensatory selection) – Michael Sam, DE (Missouri)
35. (250) Rams (Compensatory selection) – Demetrius Rhaney, C (Tennessee St.)
36. (251) Cowboys (Compensatory selection) – Ken Bishop, DT (Northern Illinois)
37. (252) Bengals (Compensatory selection) – Lavelle Westbrooks, CB (Georgia Southern)
38. (253) Falcons (Compensatory selection) – Yawin Smallwood, OLB (Connecticut)
39. (254) Cowboys (Compensatory selection) – Terrance Mitchell, CB (Oregon)
40. (255) Falcons (Compensatory selection) – Tyler Starr, OLB (South Dakota)
41. (256) Texans (Compensatory selection) – Lonnie Ballentine, FS (Memphis)