The two don’t project to be first round picks, but a strong showing this week against some of the top seniors from across the country could give Barrow and Loston momentum heading into next month’s NFL combine where they can make another lasting impression and perhaps be Day 2 picks.
The Philadelphia Eagles are one team to express interest in Barrow who recorded an interception in Tuesday’s practice and the New Orleans Saints met with the 6-1, 229-pound versatile linebacker on Monday.
“I’d love to play for the Saints,” Barrow said. “My family would love it even more. I grew up a Saints boy. At this point in my life it’s whoever suits me, who ever picks me up. I’ll play my heart out for them.”
Earlier in the week Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley praised Barrow, according to NFL.com.
“He did a nice job in practice. What I noticed with him is, it’s different techniques, what we’re teaching them. (His) ability to adjust to what we’re asking, and then make corrections, is great,” Bradley said. “He had a situation in practice where he kind of had the wrong drop, we corrected him, the next play he corrected it and made a great play. Things like that are showing up with those guys.”
Barrow is being looked at as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense as well as a middle or outside linebacker in a 4-3 which will boost his NFL draft stock.
Meanwhile Loston has met with the Arizona Cardinals, who already have two former LSU players in their secondary, the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs.
At 6-2, 214-pounds Loston possesses excellent size and his physical tools have never been in question, but rather his ability to stay healthy and be consistent in his play.
When he’s healthy, he’s as good of a safety as there is in college football and closed his college career with perhaps his finest game in an LSU uniform in the Outback Bowl win over Iowa.
You can watch Barrow and Loston on Saturday on the NFL Network at 3:00 p.m. CT.