After having four players selected in the NFL draft over the weekend, the LSU football team has gotten at least five more players into the league via undrafted free-agent contracts.
As of Sunday evening, five ex-Tigers had landed free agent deals: running back Terrence Magee with Baltimore, safety Ronald Martin with Seattle, fullback Connor Neighbors with Tennessee, center Elliott Porter with Cleveland and defensive end Jermauria Rasco with Green Bay.
The Tigers’ four draft selections — cornerback Jalen Collins (second round, Atlanta), defensive end Danielle Hunter (third, Minnesota), linebacker Kwon Alexander (fourth, Tampa Bay) and running back Kenny Hilliard (seventh, Houston) — were their fewest since 2005, when they had three. LSU had nine players selected each of the previous two years.
Former LSU tackle La’el Collins fell from a first-round projection to undrafted after news broke Tuesday that police wished to speak with him regarding the shooting death last weekend of a pregnant woman. Baton Rouge police have said Collins is not a suspect in the death of Brittney Mills, but his association with the incident caused NFL teams to stay away. Collins is not eligible to enter the 2016 draft, as his agent had threatened over the weekend, and would have to sign a free-agent contract to enter the league.
Other players from state colleges to sign with NFL teams as of Sunday evening included Louisiana-Lafayette defensive tackle Justin Hamilton (Buffalo), offensive lineman Daniel Quave (Dallas) and running back Alonzo Harris (Packers); Tulane offensive lineman Sean Donnelly (N.Y. Giants); Southern defensive end Arthur Miley (Carolina); Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett (Indianapolis); Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Mitchell Bell (Oakland) and defensive back Terrell Pinson (Oakland); and Louisiana-Monroe kicker Justin Manton (Baltimore).