The picture above, according to Mike Scarborough (@ScarboroughMike), shows a list of players on the office window of LSU Tigers strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt with a note for any NFL scouts who might be stopping by. In short, if the players didn’t give him their effort in the weight room, they aren’t going to get his effort in the draft process.
For athletes at a football factory like LSU, the dream is to make the move to the NFL once your time is done. Scouts swarm the SEC looking for talent to plug in all across professional rosters and clamor to find the next stud to come out of college football’s premier conference.
For Jonah Austin, La’el Collins, James Wright, Spencer Ware, Anthony Johnson, Micah Eugene, Dwayne Thomas, Tharold Simon, Kwon Alexander and Sam Montgomery the dream may be taking a major hit. NFL teams are wary to hand out millions of dollars to unproven commodities and so the draft process is filled with steps trying to find any potential red flags that could give teams pause at drafting a player. Consider this picture a pretty major red flag.
The news may be most damaging to Montgomery, a defensive end with a first-round grade. He’s currently listed by Scouts Inc. as the No. 5 defensive end and No. 17 overall prospect in April’s draft. While the new rookie wage scale limits the financial hit he’ll take, if he can’t do significant damage control while doing the rounds for the draft with NFL scouts and GMs, he could slide out of the first day of the draft.
Spencer Ware will also likely be hurt by this picture, but in a much different way. Ware was looking like a late round, special-teams type player. However, the defining characteristic that teams look for in those kinds of players is work ethic and dedication, two traits that LSU’s strength coach clearly doesn’t feel Ware possesses.With questions about his character getting raised now, Ware might not get drafted at all.
So take notice, LSU players. Make sure you’re hitting the weight room and getting in your workouts or the coaches will tell your potential employers all about it.