Louisiana Tech’s Vernon Butler, LSU’s Deion Jones lead list of Louisiana’s NFL draft hopefuls _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRIANNA PACIORKA -- LSU linebacker Deion Jones runs through a drill during LSU Pro Day held at the LSU football practice facility on Monday, March 14, 2016.

Vernon Butler, DL

Hometown: Summit, Mississippi

School: Louisiana Tech

Height, weight: 6-3, 316

Scoop: A first team all-conference player, Butler racked up 50 tackles, 10 for loss and two sacks as a senior last year. He had eight quarterback hurries.

Combine best: Butler pumped 225 pounds 26 times in bench press, top 15 among DLs.

Projection: 1st-2nd round (32nd overall; 5th defensive tackle)

The good: “Tough. Instinctive. Athletic. Can run the field well. He does a nice job in plugging up the inside rushing lanes.” — Mike Detillier, NFL draft expert for WWL Radio

The bad: “I think he goes hot and cold. Inconsistent. Not sure he’s a three-day player out of the gate.” — Matt Miller, NFL draft writer for Bleacher Report

Deion Jones, LB

Hometown: New Orleans

School: LSU

Height, weight: 6-1, 222

Scoop: In Jones’ first full year as a starter last season, he led LSU with 100 tackles, flashing the speed that he displayed his first three years on special teams.

Combine best: Jones blazed to a 4.59 40-yard dash time, fourth among linebackers.

Projection: 2nd round (57th overall; 6th outside linebacker)

The good: “Athlete. Ran a 4.3 at the (LSU) pro day or something. That’s ridiculous.” — Miller

The bad: “Undersized and at times he gets blown up at the point of attack.” — Detillier

Vadal Alexander, OL

Hometown: Buford, Georgia

School: LSU

Height, weight: 6-5, 320

Scoop: Alexander started for four years at LSU, playing guard and tackle. He finished his career in 2015 by earning first team- All-SEC honors as the Tigers’ right tackle.

Combine best: Pumped 25 reps of 225 pounds on bench press

Projection: 2nd-3rd round (74th overall; 4th offensive guard)

The good: “He’s a massive man, tremendous run blocker. Just is a mauler up front in the running game.” — Detillier

The bad: “Conditioning. His weight has kind of ballooned at times.” — Miller

Jerald Hawkins, OL

Hometown: Baldwin

School: LSU

Height, weight: 6-6, 305

Scoop: After redshirting as a freshman, Hawkins started 36 of a possible 37 games the rest of the way, playing right tackle and then left tackle as a junior last year.

Combine best: Hawkins ran a 5.23 40-yard dash, putting him just outside of the top 15.

Projection: 2nd-3rd round (81st overall; 9th offensive tackle)

The good: “I like Hawkins more than everyone else. I think versatility is the big strength for him. I think he’s pretty dang close to pro ready.” — Miller

The bad: “Needs some work technically as a run blocker.” — Detillier

Kenneth Dixon, RB

Hometown: Strong, Arkansas

School: Louisiana Tech

Height, weight: 5-10, 213

Scoop: A freshman All-American in 2012, Dixon ran for a school-record 4,480 yards as a senior last year. He was all-conference each of his four seasons.

Combine best: Dixon’s 60-yard shuttle run of 11.50 seconds was fourth among RBs.

Projection: 2nd and 3rd round (77th overall; 5th running back)

The good: “I love this kid. He finishes runs with power. He can make you miss and then pop you in the mouth. Great in the pass game out of the backfield.” — Miller

The bad: “He’s not the biggest back or the strongest.” — Detillier

Jalen Mills, DB

Hometown: DeSoto, Texas

School: LSU

Height, weight: 6-0, 191

Scoop: Mills would have started every single game of his career without a fracture ankle he suffered in preseason camp last year. He was a freshman All-American in 2012.

Combine best: Mills’ broad jump of 37 inches was the fifth-best among safeties.

Projection: 3rd round (91st overall; 9th cornerback)

The good: “Versatile. Has started at cornerback, free safety and in the nickel. Ball reaction skills. Has got above average speed. I think he’s a better safety than a corner.” — Detillier

The bad: “There’s the off field stuff. On the field, does he have the size to carry the big receivers down the field?” — Miller

Rashard Robinson, DB

Hometown: Pompano Beach, Florida

School: LSU

Height, weight: 6-1, 171

Scoop: Robinson started six games during a sophomore season in 2014 that ended in his dismissal from LSU for academic reasons.

Combine best: Robinson ran a 4.49 40-yard dash for a top 14 finish among CBs.

Projection: 4th round (138th overall; 15th cornerback)

The good: “Great size. Long arms. A ball-hawk. Was one-time considered the best defensive back at LSU. He’s got a huge wingspan.” — Detillier

The bad: “He’s barely been on the field. Skinny as hell. Got to get the strength down. No technique at all.” — Miller

Harlan Miller, DB

Hometown: Kentwood

School: Southeastern

Height, weight: 6-0, 182

Scoop: A second-team All-FCS talent last year, Miller has picked off at least three passes in each of the past three years. He was first team All-conference as a punt returner.

Combine best: Miller’s 4.43 20-yard shuttle was top 15 among cornerbacks.

Projection: 4th and 5th round (159th overall; 18th)

The good: “Feisty, tough as hell at the line of scrimmage. Doesn’t back down.” — Miller

The bad: “He lost the off-season. He didn’t work out well for the scouts. He didn’t have good workouts.” — Detillier

Dak Prescott, QB

Hometown: Haughton

School: Mississippi State

Height, weight: 6-2, 226

Scoop: A two-time All-American, Prescott ran for more than 40 touchdowns and passed for more than 70 in his career. He’s just one of four FBS players to do that.

Combine best: Prescott’s broad jump of 9 feet, 8 inches was fifth among QBs.

Projection: 4th and 5th round (145th overall; 7th quarterback)

The good: “A winner. He put Mississippi State football on the map. Strong arm. Athletic. Has gotten much better as a pocket quarterback.” — Detillier

The bad: “Accuracy can be really inconsistent and the off-the-field incident recently (DUI). And for a lot of teams, there’s still the question of coming from an unconventional offense.” — Miller

*All projections from CBSSports.com.