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Report: LSU losing Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry to NFL draft

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Every wide receiver in college football is declaring for the NFL draft.

At least it seems like it, as LSU juniors Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are set to become the latest wide outs to renounce their final season of eligibility and head to the NFL, according to a report from Yahoo Sports on Sunday.

Beckham had a breakout season, catching 59 passes for 1,152 yards and eight touchdowns, while Landry caught 77 balls for 1,193 yards and 10 scores.

They probably should’ve looked at the draft field before they declared. Besides the normal group of senior receivers heading to the NFL, there is a huge pool of early entries that includes Sammie Watkins of Clemson, Marquise Lee of USC, Mike Evans of Texas A&M, Devante Adams of Fresno State, Brandin Cooks of Oregon State, Allen Robinson of Penn State and Paul Richardson of Colorado.

Still, both Beckham and Landry are projected by most NFL draftniks to be selected on the draft’s first day. That makes four LSU players who have entered the draft early, with defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson being the others.

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12 Responses to “Report: LSU losing Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry to NFL draft”
  1. lolnfl says: Jan 5, 2014 5:57 PM

    there’s obviously something going on at lsu…last year was ridiculous and now trai turner might leave? wouldn’t shock me to hear once lsu hires a new coach somewhere down the road, you’ll hear of players hating him. players will declare and you can’t stop that, but when fringe players are leaving, they obviously don’t want to be there anymore.

  2. kdbroom says: Jan 5, 2014 6:20 PM

    @lolnfl,

    Yawn. Kids want to play in the NFL. Don’t read anything more into it.

  3. halbert53 says: Jan 5, 2014 6:40 PM

    Beckham and Landry are not hardly fringe players. Next fall they will again be starters, just in the NFL instead of at LSU. Their QB the past two years is a senior and will get drafted, so LSU will be breaking in a new QB. Odds are their stats would be down next season with a first year starting QB so it makes since for them to leave for the NFL early.

  4. mcmccii says: Jan 5, 2014 6:49 PM

    Hate to lose them, but that’s what happens when you have elite athletes at your program. They are head & shoulders above the rest, so they leave early. I look forward to following their careers in the NFL.

  5. earz4lsu says: Jan 5, 2014 7:22 PM

    Halbert –

    You hit the nail on the head. The Jordan Jefferson clone coming in next year certainly could make even Megatron look like an ordinary WR. Leave while you have value.

    As for ego and johnson leaving well DL always is over valued in the NFL so move on while you can get paid. Problem for LSU is there wasnt a lot of talent on the roster behind them this year, cupboard was bare this year and not looking very good next year.

  6. southernpatriots says: Jan 5, 2014 7:55 PM

    LSU anticipated their departure along with Hill and others. Recruiting is on track to replace those needed, along those being brought along who are already on the team. The Number 1 RB from St. Augustine will be coming as well as other recruits by national signing day.

    I wish all those departing for the NFL or graduating and entering into their chosen careers, the very best. What they have learned about being men, responsibility, and teamwork at LSU will serve them well in the years to come.

  7. mianfr says: Jan 5, 2014 8:53 PM

    I think the new drafting system urges players to leave early – they can get their second NFL contracts sooner now and their first is perpetually deflated, so the difference between being the 15th pick and the 45th pick is similar enough that it doesn’t make sense going back to school to try to improve draft stock.

  8. halbert53 says: Jan 5, 2014 10:22 PM

    If the starting LSU QB next fall is the same as the one who played in bowl game, it will be a Jefferson redux. But top 4 dual threat Brandon Harris , who played in the Under Armour game, is enrolling for Spring classes at LSU and wouldn’t surprise me if he is the starter by fall. Harris is an excellent runner but a better passer.

    Regardless LSU will be much stronger running team with new stud RB who is a beast.

  9. earz4lsu says: Jan 5, 2014 10:35 PM

    agree Halbert Harris is a stud but I think he needs at least one year under his belt before he is ready to play SEC football.

    Of all the QB’s I have seen this bowl season LSU’s Freshman was by far the worst.

    I would like to think that with a year under his belt he would get better but, well that was the same thing everyone said about Jordan when he came in for the Chick-a-fil Bowl. He looked impressive as hell, but I never saw any progression in his game as a QB.

    As long as the line stays relatively in tact I believe we will be just fine. The RB out of St. Aug. is a monster and it is really good we got him since it looks like Hill will go early and Blue grads (i believe) this spring. That leaves us with Hillard and MacGee as our only 2 RB on the roster.

    I agree also with mianfr in that getting to the second contract is important. Beckemm is 6 foot and Landry is 6’1″ but their hands are some of the best in college this year. Landry made ore circus catches than anyone.

    Would love to see my steelers nab landry in the 3rd and Mike Evans for the big body WR every teams needs.

  10. suprmous says: Jan 6, 2014 4:12 AM

    lolnfl, what in the hell are you drinkin and smokin? What are you basing your assumptions on Bubba? I don’t know where you get the idea Coach Miles isn’t long for coachin LSU. That’s got to be the most assinine thing I’ve heard since hearin the jackass from Texas went after Mack Brown and his job in order for Coach Brown to step down. Those guys that left last year have proved themselves pretty damned good if you ask me. And that includes Tyrann Mathieu as well, even if he did have to have surgery as of late. I think you should go have your eyes checked. I myself am curious to see how the QB situation plays out. Given time at the right stuff everything should fall into place tho.

    Southernpatriots, me doth think we’re still loaded with talent and have plenty in reserve. What do you think?

  11. southernpatriots says: Jan 6, 2014 10:34 AM

    Exactament, mon amie! Me doth think the same!

    Reloading, not rebuilding. All the rookies which had to replace the 8 which departed to the NFL last season, took some games to temper and become proficient in their positions. This produced some extraordinary play at times (e.g. second half v. Mississippi State) and some sloppy play (pick your game). By the end of the season, they had arrived.

    Depends somewhat on North Louisiana which is not an area LSU has recruited heavily in the past few decades. LSU had much presence at the Parkview v. Acadiana game, so that may be showing a new perspective, as there are some really good players in the Shreveport-Bossier City area and also in West-Monroe-Monroe areas. This was true back when dinsosaurs roamed the earth when I along with my teammates at my alma mater Istrouma played Captain Shreve. Now with a resurgence in those regions, maybe LSU will begin active recruiting there again. But even if we lose some from North LA, this year’s recruitment class will be one of the nation’s best.

  12. tigersgeaux says: Jan 6, 2014 7:20 PM

    I can receive WWL-AM on my car radio sometimes on the way home from work. Bobby Hebert and others have spoken so highly of LSU’s recruiting this year. I don’t know the high school players, but they seem to. They are saying with a couple more recruits that are expected at LSU that LSU will have the best or nearly the best recruiting class. AD Aleva and Miles were smart to have the new recruiter join their staff for this season.

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