Walt, you need to put Texas LT Connor Williams on this list. Dude is going to be one of the best LT's in this class. He'll be a JR this year, but former TE with outstanding movement and pass blocking skills. Dude is a stud and Freshman All-American. First time in a while I've been excited for our Offensive line.
Darry Beckwith, ILB, LSU
Height: 6-0. Weight: 242. Projected 40 Time: 4.55. Combine 40 Time: 4.77. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.63. Benchx225: 23. Vertical: 26.5. Projected Round (2009): 3. 12/7/08: Darry Beckwith has missed some time with a knee injury. He has 48 tackles and a TFL.
5/11/08: A play-maker who had 63 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pick in 2007.
2007: Darry Beckwith has announced that he'll be returning for his senior season.
Beckwith could be one of the top outside linebackers in the 2009 class, so he should probably wait a year.
Demetrius Byrd, WR, LSU
Height: 6-0. Weight: 199. Projected 40 Time: 4.45. Combine 40 Time: 4.42. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.43. Vertical: 35.5. Broad: 9-9. Projected Round (2009): 6. 1/4/09: In his final six games of the year, Demetrius Byrd caught 14 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown. Epic fail.
10/19/08: A disappointment this season, Demetrius Byrd has either two or three receptions in every game this season, save for one.
5/22/08: Demetrius Byrd improved throughout the year and had a pair of 6-catch performances in November. Byrd finished with 35 receptions, 621 yards and seven touchdowns.
Marlon Favorite, DT, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 314. Projected 40 Time: 5.21. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.09. Benchx225: 26. Vertical: 18.5. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 1/10/09: A disappointing senior campaign; Marlon Favorite collected 3.5 TFL and two sacks.
11/23/08: Marlon Favorite hasn't seen as much action as predicted, and has consequently seen his draft stock crumble.
5/9/08: Started about half of LSU's games last year. Like Al Woods, Marlon Favorite will have to pick up the slack with Glenn Dorsey playing on Sundays.
Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU
Height: 6-4. Weight: 295. Projected 40 Time: 4.85. Combine 40 Time: 4.91. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Benchx225: 20. Vertical: 28.5. Projected Round (2009): 1. 11/16/08: Tyson Jackson has 4.5 sacks this year, but he won't provide much of a pass rush in the NFL. He'll be great against the run.
5/7/08: Still the best 4-3 left end or 3-4 end available in this class.
2007: Tyson Jackson has announced that he'll be returning for his senior season.
Pretty much the same build as Adam Carriker, only with a much faster Projected 40 Time. Will play up front in the 4-3 or 3-4. Notched 8.5 sacks in 2006.
Ricky Jean-Francois, DT, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 295. Projected 40 Time: 4.83. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.19. Benchx225: 25. Vertical: 27.5. Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 1/10/09: Not really sure why Ricky Jean-Francois declared a year early. The Frenchman had three TFL and two sacks as a junior.
11/23/08: Ricky Jean-Francois has 15 tackles, two TFL and one sack in eight games. He also has a blocked kick.
8/1/08: Ricky Jean-Francois played in just two games because he was academically ineligible. However, he made the most out of those two contests, as he was named MVP of the winter practice championship.
Brett Helms, C, LSU
Height: 6-2. Weight: 286. Projected 40 Time: 5.15. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 5.39. Benchx225: 25. Arm: 31 3/4. Projected Round (2009): 7. 5/26/08: Brett Helms can play all three interior line positions, though he's primarily a center; he made 13 starts there in 2007.
2007: Definitely needs to get bigger or quicker in the 40. Brett Helms started every game in 2006. Can play guard as well, though that's not a need with the
interior linemen LSU has.
Herman Johnson, G, LSU
Height: 6-7. Weight: 356. Projected 40 Time: 5.45. Combine 40 Time: 5.53. Benchx225: 21. Arm: 36 1/2. Projected Round (2009): 2-3. 3/18/09: Herman Johnson has "slimmed down" to 356 pounds. He's trying to prove that he can play right tackle in addition to guard.
2/21/09: How does a 364-pound monster bench 225 pounds just 21 times?
2/19/09: Herman Johnson shed 18 pounds in a few weeks. While that's impressive, one has to wonder what he was doing at 382 in the first place.
1/8/09: The other guard on the AP All-America First Team. There's a wide gap between Duke Robinson, Herman Johnson and the other guards on this list.
5/25/08: Herman Johnson, a member of the All-SEC first team, has made 23 consecutive starts.
Quinn Johnson, FB, LSU
Height: 6-1. Weight: 246. Projected 40 Time: 4.70. Combine 40 Time: DNP. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.72. Benchx225: 16. Vertical: . Broad: . Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 1/5/09: A solid blocker, Quinn Johnson only got 16 touches in 2008.
Kirston Pittman, DE, LSU
Height: 6-3. Weight: 250. Projected 40 Time: 4.68. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.69. Benchx225: 28. Vertical: 30.5. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 1/9/09: Finished the year with 5.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks.
11/16/08: From 12 sacks all the way down to 1.5 in nine games this year.
5/7/08: So much for lingering injuries. Kirston Pittman returned to LSU's lineup last year, and all he did was register 12 sacks.
2007: Actually played in 2007, but missed extensive time in 2005 and 2006 with injuries.
Curtis Taylor, FS, LSU
Height: 6-2. Weight: 209. Projected 40 Time: 4.50. Combine 40 Time: 4.64. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.49. Benchx225: 13. Vertical: 37.5. Projected Round (2009): 5-6. 12/14/08: Doing a decent job in replacing LaRon Landry, Curtis Taylor accumulated 41 tackles and two picks as a senior. A mid-round prospect.
5/19/08: As a substitute for LaRon Landry, Curtis Taylor collected 49 tackles, two interceptions and a sack. I'd like to see him drop his 40.
Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 256. Projected 40 Time: 4.60. Combine 40 Time: 4.73. Pro Day 40 Time: DNP. Benchx225: 26. Vertical: 31.5. Projected Round (2009): Top 15 Pick. 1/9/09: The top 3-4 end in this class, Everette Brown notched 21.5 TFL, 13.5 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2008.
1/8/09: Pretty much a no-brainer for Everette Brown to declare early. He just had a big year and he already graduated.
11/16/08: Everette Brown's production has been amazing this season. In nine games, he has 15 TFL and nine sacks, which could prompt him to declare early.
7/30/08: A future right end or 3-4 rush linebacker, Everette Brown has proven to be a terror to quarterbacks; as a sophomore, Brown registered 11.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. As an added bonus, Brown is reliable; he has yet to miss a game in his career as a Seminole.
Greg Carr, WR, Florida State
Height: 6-5. Weight: 217. Projected 40 Time: 4.63. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.58. Vertical: 31. Broad: 9-6. Projected Round (2009): FA. 10/19/08: Greg Carr's best game this season: three catches, 67 yards against West Carolina. Yikes.
5/22/08: Greg Carr, who figures to be an imposing red-zone target in the NFL, hasn't been able to show what he's made of because of mediocre quarterback play at Florida State. Carr caught 45 passes for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 2007.
2007: Greg Carr caught 12 touchdowns but only 34 receptions in 2006. A nice end-zone target at 6-6.
Tony Carter, CB, Florida State
Height: 5-9. Weight: 179. Projected 40 Time: 4.47. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.41. Benchx225: 17. Vertical: 39. Projected Round (2009): 7-FA. 12/13/08: Tony Carter gained some weight, but he's still a little light in the pants. Two picks and four passes broken up earned him a spot on the All-ACC Second Team.
5/17/08: Though he had 45 tackles and four picks, Carter's play in 2007 was described as mediocre by some.
2007: Tony Carter started every game he played as a sophomore and picked off two passes in 2006. As a junior, Carter intercepted a pair of throws against
Antone Smith, RB, Florida State
Height: 5-8. Weight: 191. Projected 40 Time: 4.40. Pro Day 40 Time: 4.33. Benchx225: 31. Vertical: 32. Broad: 10-2. Projected Round (2009): 4-5. 3/18/09: With a 40 of 4.33, 31 reps on the bench press, a 32-inch vertical and a 10-2 broad jump, Antone Smith definitely put himself on the radar. Smith rushed for 792 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 101 yards.