With the final day of the draft starting, there were six Tigers who were invited to the NFL Combine, still waiting to hear their names called. See who made the cut and where they are headed to below. Also, look for the final New Orleans Saint.
NFL Draft Round 4
Saahdiq Charles || Pick No. 108 || Washington Redskins
With the second pick in the fourth round, the first Tiger off the board on the final day of the draft was Saahdiq Charles, an offensive tackle. Charles will head to the Washington Redskins after it was announced they traded their former left tackle.
Charles started 28 of his 32 games as a Tiger. He proved to be an impressive freshman starting nine games in 2017. Charles was also a member of the 2019 Joe Moore award-winning offensive line, given to the nation’s top offensive line.
As Charles heads to the Redskins, he looks to join his former LSU teammate, Derrius Guice. Charles helped pave the way his freshman year to block for Guice on the field so that the duo will be a familiar look this upcoming NFL season.
With now three offensive linemen taken, this is the most OL in one draft for LSU since 1962.
Rashard Lawrence || Pick No. 131 || Arizona Cardinals
The 12th LSU Tiger and the No. 131 pick overall Rashard Lawrence, is headed to the Arizona Cardinals. Lawrence, a defensive tackle, was a three-year starter on defense for the Tigers. Lawrence was a Permanent LSU team captain for three of his four years.
Lawrence started 34 of his 44 games, recorded 120 career tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He was not only a leader on the field but off as well as he earned himself on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2017 and 2018.
With Lawrence’s entrance to the NFL, he leaves the Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts as the only NFL teams without an LSU player on their roster.
NFL Draft Round 6
Blake Ferguson || Pick No. 185 || Miami Dolphins
While round five went without any LSU players being drafted, Blake Ferguson, long snapper, was picked off the board as the sixth pick in round six. The Miami Dolphins will have Ferguson compete with Taybor Pepper, the current LS for the Dolphins.
Ferguson was well-known at LSU as a four-year starter. He was the first long snapper in LSU history to receive the honor of permanent team captain in 2018 and 2019.
The Ferguson name is no stranger in the NFL as Reid Ferguson also snaps for the Buffalo Bills. The Ferguson brother duo has held the snapping position for a combined eight years at LSU.
NFL Draft Round 7
Stephen Sullivan || Pick No. 251 || Seattle Seahawks
The last Tiger to be drafted in the 2020 NFL Draft was Stephen Sullivan, a tight end who is headed to the Seattle Seahawks. Sullivan not only played tight end but started as wide receiver.
Sullivan started 11 of his 46 games as a Tiger. He recorded 46 receptions for 712 yards and three touchdowns. Sullivan ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at the combine this year, the second-fastest among tight ends.
Sullivan will see a familiar face as he is set to play with former LSU teammate, Damien Lewis. Sullivan is also the 14th LSU player drafted, which ties Ohio State for most players from a single school in all seven rounds of draft history.
No. 240 Pick || New Orleans Saints || Tommy Stevens
While the Saints originally were not supposed to have any picks on the third and final day of the 2020 draft, they traded up for Tommy Stevens, the quarterback from Mississippi State.
Stevens formerly played for not only Mississippi State but also Penn State. In his single season with the Bulldogs, Stevens threw for 1,155 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also rushed for 381 yards and four scores.
Stevens left Penn State ranked the No. 8 in school history for quarterback rushing yards at 506. He was also tied in school quarterback history with eight rushing touchdowns, which is what many say Sean Payton liked in Stevens. Analysts have referenced Stevens on draft day as potentially being the next Taysom Hill due to his athleticism.
The SEC record for most players drafted in a single NFL draft was previously marked at 12 from Alabama in 2018. LSU surpassed this record in round four with the entrance of Rashard Lawrence. The Tigers also set a record for the entire draft, with 14 players being selected. This matches Ohio State’s record from 2004.
LSU had 16 Tigers enter the draft, but not all of them made it to professional teams. Michael Divinity and Thaddeus Moss were not drafted but have the chance with free agency to still go pro. Defensive End, Brandon Fehoko is another Tiger still hoping for the opportunity to play in the NFL even though he did not receive a combined offer.
While the 2020 NFL season is still to be determined due to COVID-19, the league remains hopeful to start on time even if the season will look different.