All-American corner Morris Claiborne, projected first-rounder Michael Brockers and six other LSU Tigers have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine beginning Feb. 22 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Claiborne, the Jim Thorpe award winner, doesn’t have much to prove as college football’s top-ranked cover guy with a 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash. Like his teammates, he’ll be interviewed by scouts and perform individual workouts inside the dome.
His service won’t be available for long on draft day in April. The Minnesota Vikings at No. 3 need major help in a secondary ranked last in interceptions last season (8) and first for percentage of passes that went for first downs (39 percent).
After Claiborne, Brockers will be the next LSU product to go on Day 1, considered by many as the draft’s second-best defensive tackle. Brockers is a man-child at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds and has a chance to showcase that strength during individual workouts.
Quarterback Jordan Jefferson, tight end Deangelo Peterson, wideout Rueben Randle, tailback Ryan Baker, corner Ron Brooks and safety Brandon Taylor will join Claiborne and Brockers in Indianapolis. Jefferson has made recent headlines with comments concerning LSU’s game plan on offense against Alabama in New Orleans. We’ll see what the scouts in Indy have to say to a passer who has yet to prove he’s NFL ready.
Jefferson will probably fall into the group of SEC quarterbacks who may sign post-draft via free agency. Florida’s John Brantley, South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia, Tennessee’s Matt Simms, LSU’s Jarrett Lee and Auburn’s Barrett Trotter are included in this list.
Randle, like Claiborne, has a chance to be a star and make an early impact at the next level. At 6-foot-3, Randle has great size to be a formidable target on the outside for a pass-happy offense. He’s an above-average blocker with reliable hands. Most analysts project Randle to be a mid to late second-round pick.
The best news for the Tigers concerning the NFL Draft? Tyrann Mathieu isn’t eligible.