Ranking LSU's Top 10 players in the NFL
Devin White, Greedy Williams and Foster Moreau are all embarking on what appear to be very promising NFL careers.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the fifth pick in the first round of last week’s draft to select White, the 2018 Butkus Award winner, obviously with the expectation that he will develop into an elite linebacker for an extended number of seasons.
The Cleveland Browns used a second-round pick on Williams, figuring that the latest decorated product of DBU will be a cornerstone of one of the most rapidly improving teams in the NFL.
The Oakland Raiders used a fourth-round pick on Moreau as a replacement for veteran tight end Jared Cook, who left in free agency, and a key piece to a reworked offense in head coach Jon Gruden’s second season.
White, Williams and Moreau have a lot of work to do in order to live up to expectations. They also have a lot of work to do crack the list of the Top 10 LSU players in the NFL.
After all, this list didn’t have room for standouts such as Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers, Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman La’el Collins and Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson.
Here’s the list of players that Devin White, Williams and Moreau and their fellow LSU alumni in the NFL are sure to emulate:
10. LB Deion Jones (Falcons)
If he has a healthy season in 2019 he’ll probably be higher on next year’s list. Injuries limited him to just 6 games last season after making more than 100 tackles in each of his 2 seasons before that.
9. OL Andrew Whitworth (Rams)
He was finally rewarded in his 13th season with a trip to the Super Bowl in February. He started his career with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2006 and had 11 very good seasons before signing with the Rams. He earned his fourth Pro Bowl selection last season.
8. DB Tyrann Mathieu (Chiefs)
He hasn’t had the flashy impact that he had as “The Honey Badger” at LSU, but he has had 6 very good seasons – 4 with the Cardinals and one with the Texans before recently signing with the Chiefs.
7. OL Trai Turner (Panthers)
He has been a starter since his rookie season and has earned a Pro Bowl selection in each of the past 4 seasons. He has been a staple of a line that has been a key factor in Carolina going to the playoffs 3 times and reaching a Super Bowl during his 5-year tenure.
6. RB Leonard Fournette (Jaguars)
He rushed for 1,000 yards despite missing 3 games as a rookie 2 years ago, then was limited to half a season last year because of injuries. If he’s healthy for a full season he’ll be one of the top running backs in the NFL.
5. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (Browns)
He was one of the most dynamic players in the NFL before suffering a broken ankle early in the 2107 season. He recovered well enough to have a good season last year before the Giants recently traded him to the Browns.
4. WR Jarvis Landry (Browns)
He has been reunited with his former Tigers teammate, Beckham. The two should put up eye-opening numbers working with Baker Mayfield in the Cleveland offense. Beckham might provide the flashier big plays, but Landry will be steadily productive over the course of the season, having averaged 96 catches through 5 seasons.
3. S Jamal Adams (Jets)
He already has had a significant impact in just 2 seasons. After being the sixth player selected in the 2017 draft he started all 16 games as a rookie, then last season earned a Pro Bowl selection after making 115 tackles.
2. DL Danielle Hunter (Vikings)
He wasn’t one of the biggest names at LSU and he continued to fly under the radar during his first 3 seasons in Minnesota. But that’s no longer the case after he made 14.5 sacks last season to gain a Pro Bowl selection.
1. CB Patrick Peterson (Cardinals)
He hasn’t had as many highlight plays in recent seasons as he had during the early part of his career, but he remains one of the most consistently good defensive players in the NFL. He has been named to the Pro Bowl in all 8 of his seasons and 3 times has been named All-Pro.