LSU DL Jaquelin Roy named a sleeper to watch in 2023 NFL Draft
LSU’s hometown defensive tackle, Jaquelin Roy, is looking to hear his name called later this month at the NFL Draft despite just 1 year of starting experience for the Tigers during his 3 seasons with the program. A Baton Rouge native, he declared for the draft after 97 career tackles and 13.5 tackles for loss.
He’s viewed as a Day 3 prospect, but also as a player who could develop in the right system. ESPN’s Louis Riddick thinks he can be a steal, calling Roy one of his favorite sleepers:
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Even though he was not a regular starter for LSU, this guy has all of the tools to be a dominant NFL defensive tackle. His get-off explosiveness is excellent, he has heavy hands, and he has very good lateral quickness. Roy was consistently disruptive when he was allowed to play on the edge of the guard or stunt/move at the snap, rather than playing 0-technique (nose guard). The 6-foot-3, 305-pounder could play defensive end at the next level if needed.
If Roy is drafted by a team with a good defensive line room and position coach, he is going to be a breakout star of this draft.
Roy played 35 games during his 3 seasons with the LSU program, starting 12 last year. He was an absolute force against Texas A&M late in the year, recording 12 tackles and 1.5 TFLs.
The NFL Draft begins on April 27, with the second and third rounds on April 28 and the draft concluding on April 29.