BATON ROUGE, La. -- It didn't take long in the recruiting process before it began to seem like LSU would not keep its most local target on campus.Tim Williams, an ESPN 150 defensive end and the state's highest-ranked player, seemed to lean toward leaving Baton Rouge early in the process, favoring destinations such as Miami and Florida State at various times before committing to Alabama on Monday, the day after his return from a visit to Tuscaloosa.
The NFL has said LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins cannot re-enter the 2016 draft and that if he goes undrafted this year, he will become a free agent.
La'El Collins' entanglement in a murder investigation and Jalen Collins' link to failed drug tests push them down teams' draft boards.
The SEC was beaten out by the Pac-12 and ACC as far as first-round draft picks are concerned, but seven of the conference's players were picked.
The NFL has rejected LSU offensive lineman La'el Collins' request to be removed from the NFL draft.
Running backs, pass-rushers could provide immediate impact for contenders.
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LSU's La'el Collins is voluntarily leaving Chicago and the draft to return to Louisiana to meet with police, who want to talk to him about the shooting death of a pregnant woman, a source said.
Whether LSU is a national title contender remains to be seen, but the Tigers once again look like a team worthy of the Saturday night stage.
At least six SEC players have been drafted in the first round in each of the past eight years. Here's a potential sleeper and a risk pick from the SEC.
Police are seeking to question La'el Collins following the shooting death of a pregnant woman last week, but the former LSU offensive lineman is not considered a suspect.
After several seasons of watching this year's draft crop play each week in college, Chris Low names three players who will outperform their draft projections and three who will underperform them.
Florida State, LSU, Georgia and Ohio State have a shot at knocking off the Crimson Tide
The NFL draft is days away, and many of the top 2016 recruits compare favorably to the prospects who are hoping to hear their names called early Thursday.
Offensive tackle La'El Collins is a lock to come off early, and several mock drafts have cornerback Jalen Collins joining him in the first round.