The NFL Draft is still a few months away, but the NFL combine is later this month and it is mock draft season and ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his latest mock draft and he has two LSU Tigers in his first round. In his initial mock, Kiper only had one from LSU, so this is a positive trend for Tigers fans.
Kiper has Odell Beckham Jr. going to the Philadelphia Eagles at 22. He had Beckham going to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 30 in his first mock.
Here’s what Kiper says about the fit for Beckham and the Eagles:
“He could show off elite straight-line speed at the combine, but he’s particularly explosive out of breaks, creating separation and making him dangerous with the ball in his hands. His speed also translates to the return game. Beckham could be a good fit in Philly not just because he’s a good receiver for a team that could use help in that department, but because he’s versatile, and can work in the slot or on the edge.”
Kiper also has the other half of the LSU wide receiver duo that passed the 1,000 mark for the first time in program history and the third time in SEC history with Jarvis Landry going to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 30. Kiper is determined to send an LSU receiver to the 49ers as he has had two different ones in his first two mocks.
Here is what Kiper says of the fit with Landry and San Francisco:
“Knowing how Jim Harbaugh has raved about the pass-catching ability of Michael Crabtree, I think the coach will like what he sees of Landry when he rolls the tape. It’s not Harbaugh’s final call to make, but what they’d get in Landry is a really strong hands-catcher who is fluid in and out of his breaks and doesn’t care about making catches in traffic. Landry is a competitor, and isn’t afraid to throw a block. He’s done a good job of building on the considerable base of talent he flashed coming out of high school.”
Depending on what the two receivers run in the 40 at the combine later this month and how they fare in positional drills could move these two up even higher if they test and interview well. The draft is not until May, but it looks like LSU will have at least one or two to be selected in the first round with the potential for more.