In recent years, the LSU football team has produced a slew of NFL draft picks, especially in the early rounds.
That trend has not continued this year.
Linebacker Deion Jones was the only former Tigers player selected in the first three rounds, going to the Atlanta Falcons with the 52nd overall pick in the second round Friday night. This year’s draft marked the first time since 2009 that only one LSU player was drafted in the opening three rounds.
It was an unexpectedly quiet night for the Tigers, who produced 22 picks from rounds one through three since 2011.
Offensive linemen Vadal Alexander and Jerald Hawkins and defensive back Jalen Mills were all projected second- or third-round picks, according to CBSSports.com. But only Jones, who rocketed up draft boards after impressive predraft workouts, was picked where scouts and analysts believed he would be.
Besides LSU, no other Louisiana college had a former player selected Friday. Louisiana Tech defensive tackle Vernon Butler was picked by the Carolina Panthers in the first round Thursday.
Butler’s teammate, running back Kenneth Dixon, was also passed over on Day 2 of the draft despite CBSSports.com evaluating him as a second- or third-round pick.
Haughton native and former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott went undrafted Friday as well, though he’s thought to be a fourth- to fifth-round talent. CBSSports ranked Prescott above N.C. State quarterback Jacoby Brissett and USC’s Cody Kessler, but both went off the board in the closing moments of the third round.
A pair of Louisiana college cornerbacks are expected to be drafted during rounds four through seven Saturday.
While he hasn’t played football since 2014, former LSU defensive back Rashard Robinson is projected as a fourth-round selection.
Southeastern’s Harlan Miller is considered a fourth- or fifth-round pick, per CBSSports.com. On top of being named second team All-FCS as a defensive back, teams may also value his punt-returning skills that earned him all-Southland Conference honors.