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LSU cornerback Saivion Smith (8) pulls in an interception in front of LSU wide receiver Dee Anderson (11) during LSU football's 2016 spring game.

Depth Chart 

Cornerback

  • Tre'Davious White, Sr.
  • Donte Jackson, So.
  • Saivion Smith, Fr.

Nickelback

  • Tre'Davious White, Sr.
  • Dwayne Thomas, Sr.
  • Kristian Fulton, Fr.

Safety

  • Jamal Adams, Jr. 
  • Dwayne Thomas, Sr. 
  • Cameron Lewis, Fr.

Safety

  • Rickey Jefferson, Sr.
  • John Battle, Jr.
  • Eric Monroe, Fr. 

Cornerback

  • Kevin Toliver, So.
  • Ed Paris, Jr.
  • Kristian Fulton, Fr. 

Outlook

This is arguably LSU's most-talented position group, and it's stocked with experienced guys, too. White passed on a potential early-second-round NFL draft selection, returning for his senior year. Adams is projected by some scouts to evolve into a first-round NFL player by the end of this season, and Toliver and Jackson both received tons of playing time as freshmen last year. 

Steady rock

White, the unquestioned leader of this group, has started 35 of a possible 38 games. His 35 starts are a team-high. He's a player coaches moved this season, shifting him to the nickelback role in the Tigers' five-defensive back nickel package. He'll cover the slot guy and could find himself blitzing a lot, too.

Darkhorse

Jackson, one of the fastest players in all of college football, doesn't strike many as a "darkhorse," but he's been given a substantially larger role this year than he held last season: playing the outside corner spot in the Tigers' nickel/dime packages. When White shifts inside, it's Jackson replacing him at the outside position. Because of the amount of spread offenses it faces, LSU will almost certainly play nickel or dime more than any other set.

Young gun

Fulton, a former Rummel standout, signed as a five star-rated product according to at least one site (247Sports). He's working at both cornerback and nickel. He was expected to compete in the return game as well.

Buy

Talent. Jackson is one of the fastest men in football. White and Adams are potential first-rounders in this coming NFL draft. Toliver flashed impressive man-to-man coverage skills last season, especially for a freshman.

Sell

Safety pass coverage. This evolved into an issue last season. Jefferson struggled, and so did Thomas, both winding up on the bench late in the year.

Days to kickoff: 11 

2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, vs. Wisconsin at Lambeau Field

Next up

LSU scrimmaged Tuesday, and the Tigers will take off Wednesday before resuming practice Thursday 

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