LSU defensive back Ed Paris (21) reacts in a drill, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at LSU football practice. Defensive back John Battle (26) is in background.


This is the sixth in a seven-part series being published this week ahead of LSU's spring game Saturday.

Projected post-spring depth chart


  • Donte Jackson, junior
  • Andraez Williams, RS freshman

Summer arrival: Jontre Kirklin


  • Kevin Toliver, junior
  • Saivion Smith, sophomore

Summer arrival: Kary Vincent


  • Xavier Lewis, RS sophomore
  • Abraham Wallace, junior (walk-on)
  • Donte Jackson, junior
  • Kristian Fulton, sophomore

Safety (strong)

  • John Battle, senior
  • Eric Monroe, RS freshman
  • Cam Lewis, RS freshman
  • Grant Delpit, freshman

Safety (free)

  • Ed Paris, senior
  • Xavier Lewis, RS sophomore
  • Jacoby Stevens, freshman

Summer arrival: Todd Harris

Fluid nickel

Things still feel very much in flux in the secondary, especially with, say, the nickel position. We've seen a handful of players play nickel this spring, as DBs coach Corey Raymond attempts to find his best option there. Can Xavier Lewis handle it? Should Raymond move Jackson inside to nickel and start Saivion Smith outside? Could Ed Paris even be brought inside to nickel from his safety spot? Spring practice is a time to try out options that might fail. And that's what we've seen.

At safety

We saw the two freshman safeties, Grant Delpit and Jacoby Stevens, get some time with the first-string unit at practice Tuesday. What's that mean? Who knows. It's spring practice. It could mean anything. Coaches often rest veteran players, like Battle and Paris, to get young guys more work. It's not completely clear where Delpit and Stevens are on the depth chart, but Paris and Battle appear to be firmly on the top.

Camp glance

It's tough to see too much movement here. After all, LSU's projected starters are veteran experienced guys. Four of the five are upperclassmen, and three of those four have several career starts. 

LSU Spring Position Recaps

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