The NFL Scouting Combine gets underway today in Indianapolis and 10 former LSU Tigers will participate. It’s an opportunity for running back Leonard Fournette to show NFL teams he’s over an ankle injury that limited him to seven games last season. Draft Analyst Mike Detillier says teams near the top of the first round will also be interested in talking with Fournette.
"It's one of the first job interviews you have, especially as a junior. You don't want to flunk it, you know what's at stake here. But I suspect that Leonard will put on quite a show at the combine workout. From all indications he's healthy and when he is, he's something special out of the track."
Detillier says wide receiver Malachi Dupre has the most the gain out of the former LSU Tigers, because the former John Curtis star had trouble catching passes early in 2016.
"How well he runs will be important in a real quick wider receiver class and also how well he can catch the football. Because again we saw some inconsistent effort on his part throughout the season where he just wasn't comfortable catching the ball early on. Now, some of that you can say was quarterback play."
Detillier says outside linebacker Duke Riley is moving up the draft boards the fastest out of the former Tigers. He says the Buras native was an unknown player before the start of the 2016 season, now he has a chance to be a second-third round pick if he runs well in the 40-yard dash.
"He's really put on a show as a senior and going to the senior bowl he had a terrific week of practice and again led the team in tackles and the game itself. So it's been a remarkable run to see what Duke Riley has done in just one season as a full-time starter at LSU."