Jarvis Landry has been a valuable asset to LSU’s high powered offense this season. He has been so important to the team that at LSU’s annual Football Awards Banquet Landry was named the team’s most valuable player for the 2013 season. Replacing Landry is going to an extremely difficult task, and that is what the Tigers might have to do in 2014.
Sources told Yahoo Sports that a year after losing ten underclassmen to the NFL draft, five more are leaning towards leaving early after this season. The list includes star wide receiver tandem, Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry, Offensive tackle La’el Collins, and defensive linemen Ego Ferguson and Anthony Johnson.
Losing five key underclassmen would be a tough blow for LSU, but it doesn’t seem so bad compared to the mass exit that occurred last season. The Tigers are also able to use the players leaving as a recruitment tool. They are able to sell their school as a fast track plan to the NFL.
Ferguson and Johnson will be missed if they declare. They were the force for the defensive line, but it seems as if they never truly lived up to the enormous hype that surrounded them upon their arrival at LSU. They are both physically gifted which will make them attractive to NFL scouts.
Collins was the top offensive lineman for an o-line that had several question marks after Josh Williford went down with a concussion. He was named Second Team All-SEC and was the SEC lineman of the week in the season opener against TCU.
Losing Landry and Beckham would be the toughest pill to swallow for the Tigers. They have put together the best season by a receiver duo in the history of LSU football. The became the first pair to have over 1,000 yards receiving in the same season in school history.
There is still some hope that some of these elite underclassmen won’t leave early, but their departure does appear likely. If they declare for the draft their presences will be missed, but the Tigers are known for reloading and not rebuilding.