2014 NFL Draft: Who fills holes at LSU after early entries?

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Nov 23, 2012; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Louisiana State Tigers offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (78) and offensive lineman Trai Turner (56) stand on the field during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium. LSU defeated Arkansas 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Beth Hall-USA TODAY Sports

Talk about a decision coming from left field! Trai Turner’s decision to declare for the 2014 NFL draft despite not being viewed as anything more than a late-round flier at best was puzzling to say the least. He may regret leaving LSU with eligibility remaining, but hopefully he lands on his feet and finds a home at the next level.

In any event, LSU returns four starters on the offensive line that will be coached by new coach Jeff Grimes and there are a few intriguing options to step right in to the starting lineup.

Fehoko Fanaika appeared in 12 games in 2013 after transferring from junior college and at 6-6, 350-pounds has immense size to be an imposing presence in the running game.

Ethan Pocic whose future may ultimately lie at left tackle in 2015, bu tis currently the backup center to Elliott Porter could be inserted at guard if LSU goes with the ‘five best guys will start philosophy’ because the 6-7, 300-pound lineman has great potential.

Andy Dodd, Josh Boutte and four-star guards and incoming freshmen Garrett Brumfield and Will Clapp are probably a year away from competing for playing time as a result of the players ahead of them on the depth chart, but they both have bright futures ahead of them.