After long fall down draft boards, LSU DB Jalen Mills scooped up by Eagles final round of NFL draft _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- LSU defensive back Jalen Mills, here performing in pro day (March 14, 2016), is gone. Who replaces him at nickel, you asked.

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This would purely be speculation, but that’s what the Mailbag is all about, right?

I’m sure Etling believes he’s good enough to play somewhere. As a graduate, he could transfer and play immediately. Just guessing, but I assume that’s what happens. If a player transferred from one school, there’s a high likelihood that he’d be willing to transfer a second time.

If Etling doesn’t feel like he’ll get a shot to play next season after this year, I’m thinking he leaves, but that’s just a guess, really. Yes, he has a connection with Cam Cameron (they both attended the same high school and are from the same hometown), but the desire to play trumps any relationships, I’m thinking.

Yes, I do. The real question though: Will it happen this year?

Okeke only began playing football a couple of years ago. In his native Nigeria, he only played soccer and basketball and moved to America to play basketball.

Les Miles suggested last week that Okeke is still in the early stages of understanding the game, the scheme, etc.

Said Miles: “Chidi Okeke is a very good athlete, talented athlete. Certainly not a guy we want to give a short time frame (to learn). We want him to develop over the spring. When he does that, he may be very, very good.”

So, I’m not sure if Okeke will be ready by August. Okeke, along with George Brown Jr., ran with the No. 2 tackles at Tuesday’s practice. Maea Teuhema and Toby Weathersby were the No. 1 tackles.

Donte Jackson is a good bet here, but I’m sure that position is far from settled. Jackson evolved into LSU’s starting nickel by the end of last season.

Corey Raymond told us earlier this week that Saivion Smith is working as a backup cornerback. Smith, a mid-year enrollee and highly touted signee, told us that Raymond would start his career by working him at nickel. He could be playing both corner and nickel.

Dwayne Thomas, Raymond said, is expected to be LSU’s “jack of all trades,” as Mills was. He’ll play safety, nickel and corner.

I feel like those are the top three candidates right now: Thomas, Smith and Jackson.

Not likely. White, running with the inside linebackers, is impressing the staff, specifically new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Also, according to Les Miles, White wanted to move from running back to linebacker as a quicker path to reach the field.

Remember, it will be tough for anyone to crack the top three running backs on the depth chart: Leonard Fournette, Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams.

He’s working at the slot receiver position and, according to the minimal time we get to watch practice, appears to be high in the rotation at that position.

However, Ferguson can also play outside at LSU’s X and Z receiver positions (the slot is known as the F or Y), WR coach Dameyune Craig said. That should help his playing time – the ability to play all of the receiver spots.

Your answer lies in our projected two-deep depth chart that we released Wednesday (here it is), but we’ll toss out a spoiler: Guice.