LSU is so chock full of talent, they could have as many as 7 possible players selected in the NFL draft's first two rounds. They will be on full display against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Outback Bowl.
The quarterback of LSU, Zach Mettenberger, has shown enough leadership to be placed in the top 10 of many mock drafts. It's certainly possible for him to go that high, but late-first to early-second is more of his range in my eyes. More intriguing are the targets that he will throw to.
Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry are two of the most explosive prospects in the country. Beckham Jr. is a much bigger target than his 6-foot, 193-pound frame would seem. He has excellent hands and is more of a possession receiver that can stretch the field. Think Eric Decker or Hakeem Nicks (the pre-2012 version). Jarvis Landry, meanwhile, is the bigger receiver, but he is way more slippery and explosive. He is a bit more inconsistent than Beckham Jr., but he has those "wow" catches you look for. Think Jordy Nelson or Roddy White. Both are second-round picks in my eyes.
Aside from the pair of wide receivers, LSU also has a pair of defensive tackles sure to make noise in the top rounds. Ego Ferguson and Anthony "Freak" Johnson are two tackles that are high on talent, but short on production. Drafting them means relying on their development instead of reliability. They are both athletic freaks, but have had down years this year. They need big, big games to cement first-round status.
La'el Collins is a tackle/guard prospect that nobody is talking about. In my eyes, he's a solid mid-first round talent that may go later due to the incredible depth in the draft at the position. He's someone to watch, he's got great fundamentals with enough athleticism for solid upside.
Craig Loston joins a long line of safety prospects from LSU to earn high grades, following Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid, and Brandon Taylor. He is a solid overall player that makes some splash plays and won't get burnt deep. I expect him to be off the board in the first three rounds.
A few mid to late round prospects also include running back Jeremy Hill and outside linebacker Lamin Barrow.
On Iowa's side, there are two players of note. Tackle Brandon Scherff, who like his friend Riley Reiff, is a strong right tackle prospect. Unfortunately he recently announced his return to Iowa for 2014. The other is tight end CJ Fiedorowicz, who is a tall, lumbering prospect who can be had in the later rounds. A great comparison for him would be Jake Ballard.
Teams: LSU Tigers vs. Iowa Hawkeyes
Game Time: Wednesday, Jan. 1st 1 p.m. ET