LSU Football: Tigers WR declares for 2021 NFL Draft

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An LSU football wide receiver is hoping to land in the NFL.

LSU football wide receiver Racey McMath was a senior this season, but thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, he could return to Baton Rouge for another season.

But that reportedly won’t be the case.

Several media outlets, including The Advocate, reported on Tuesday that McMath will forego his extra year of eligibility to enter the 2021 NFL Draft.

McMath played in six games this season, catching 14 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown.

The New Orleans native finished his LSU career with 33 receptions for 522 yards and four touchdowns.

Where should we expect the former LSU football wide receiver to be drafted?

McMath has the ideal size (6-foot-3/225 lbs) and speed to excel in the NFL.

But unfortunately for McMath, he doesn’t have a vast body of work for NFL franchises to evaluate.

McMath was a victim of playing behind Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, Terrace Marshall Jr, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, and Thaddeus Moss in 2019. It’s hard to see many targets when you’re playing behind that kind of talent.

2020, however, was supposed to be McMath’s “year”.

Tigers offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger, who is stepping down as LSU’s play-caller, said last spring that he was expecting a breakout season from McMath in 2020.

Instead of a breakout season, McMath was forced to battle through injury (which is why he played in only six games).

Between injury issues and a pandemic, plus the loss of starting quarterback Myles Brennan (who missed most of the season due to an abdomen injury), it wasn’t a recipe for success for McMath.

And because of that, I wouldn’t be surprised if McMath goes undrafted in 2021.

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He should, however, get a chance to land with a team as an undrafted free agent. At that point, if he can stay healthy, McMath has the talent to make an impact in the NFL.