Two more former LSU players were selected Saturday on the final day of the 2015 NFL draft, giving the Tigers four selections over the three-day event.
That total is the fewest the Tigers have had since 2005, when they had three. The Tigers had nine draft selections each of the past two years.
In the fourth round, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded up to select linebacker Kwon Alexander in the fourth round with the 124th pick, and running back Kenny Hilliard went to the Houston Texans in the seventh round with the 235th selection.
Alexander is the first defensive player selected by Tampa Bay since coach Lovie Smith and General Manager Jason Licht joined the franchise in 2014; the team picked six offensive players last year, then stuck with offense for the first three selections this year.
“I thought I had a pretty good year. I was just ready to go, just ready to go pursue my dream,” Alexander said on a conference call. “I feel like I can be better up here in the NFL, learn more, and now the time is here.”
Hilliard’s selection is the second year in a row in which the Texans drafted an LSU running back; the team selected Alfred Blue in the sixth round last year. Hilliard is the sixth drafted running back that position coach Frank Wilson has had at LSU since 2010.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien praised his new running back.
“He’s a big back,” he said. “He’s a first- and second-down back. He’s a tough running back.
“I think the history of success of running backs from LSU is something that’s good.”
No LSU players were selected in Thursday’s first round, but cornerback Jalen Collins (second round, Atlanta Falcons) and defensive end Danielle Hunter (third round, Minnesota Vikings) were chosen Friday.
This year’s four selections make it 64 pros that Les Miles’ squad has produced since he took over as head coach.
Other former Tigers who were not selected in the draft include tackle La’el Collins, running back Terrence Magee, safety Ronald Martin, fullback Connor Neighbors and defensive end Jermauria Rasco.