The LSU defense has taken a huge hit this week, losing their fifth, sixth and seventh draft eligible juniors to the NFL. Sources say that junior defensive linemen Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery and Bennie Logan.
This is a huge blow to a defense that’s losing All-American safety Eric Reid, linebacker Kevin Minter and cornerback Tharold Simon to an early draft entry. They are also losing junior running back Spencer Ware to the next level.
Draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. has Mingo rated the second-best junior defensive end and a possible first-round choice. He is 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, so if he is going to be successful at the next level, the slim defensive end will need to add some weight on his frame.
Mingo finished the season with 38 total tackles and five sacks, improving his draft stock since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Defensive end Sam Montgomery also had a very successful season with 37 tackles and eight sacks, racking up 19 total sacks in his three years at the school while Mingo had 15.
Junior defensive tackle Bennie Logan had a solid 45 tackles with just two sacks, finishing with over 100 career tackles and the 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman has the body of an NFL prospect.
LSU will have a tough time filling in the voids left by these three defensive lineman to go along with the three other defensive players that have decided to forgo their senior seasons. They are a top defense and will need some top talent to bring them back to that level next season and the seasons beyond.
One thing is for certain, however, the LSU defense will be young next year. Good luck, Les Miles.