Record Number of Tigers Selected in NFL Draft
UPDATE: On top of LSU's nine draft picks in the seven-round NFL Draft, the following players signed free agent contracts late Saturday:
- DE Chancey Aghayere, Seattle
- TE Chase Clement, NY Giants
- OT Chris Faulk, Cleveland Browns
- RB Michael Ford, Chicago Bears
- C P.J. Lonergan, Chicago Bears
- WR Russell Shepard, Philadelphia Eagles
- P Brad Wing, Philadelphia Eagles
NEW YORK – LSU football broke the school record for the most selections in a single NFL Draft with nine total players picked this weekend, including three on the final day of the draft Saturday at Radio City Music Hall.
The previous record was eight selections in the 1948 Draft, but this year’s draft eclipsed that number after Tharold Simon, Lavar Edwards and Spencer Ware were all picked Saturday to add to the six Tigers selected on the first two days of the draft.
Simon was the first LSU player off the board on day three when he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks with the fifth pick in the fifth round and 138th pick overall.
LSU History in the NFL Draft
Edwards, LSU’s first senior selected in the draft, was chosen just four spots later in the fifth round (No. 142 overall) by the Tennessee Titans.
Ware rounded out the draft class for the Tigers when he was selected with the 26th pick in the sixth round (No. 194 overall) by the Seahawks.
LSU finished second among all college teams with nine total draft picks, only trailing Florida State who finished with 11.
Simon led LSU in pass breakups with nine and interceptions with four in 2012, and he finished his career with 99 total tackles, 22 PBUs and seven interceptions.
Day 2 Recap:
Kevin Minter | 2nd Rd. | No. 45 | Arizona Cardinals
Bennie Logan | 3rd Rd. | No. 67 | Philadelphia Eagles
Tyrann Mathieu | 3rd Rd. | No. 69 | Arizona Cardinals
Sam Montgomery | 3rd Rd. | No. 95 | Houston Texans
Edwards flourished in his senior season in 2012 with 26 tackles, 7.0 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks and an interception returned for a touchdown against Idaho. He finished his five-year career with 15 starts in 52 games played, 106 tackles, 20 TFLs, 10.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Ware finished with 1,249 rushing yards and 404 receiving yards on 39 receptions in his LSU career. He scored a total of 12 touchdowns in his career (10 rushing, 2 receiving), and he made 14 starts in 36 total games played in three seasons with the Tigers.
Tigers in the NFL (2012 Recap)
LSU NFL Draft Notebook
- LSU’s nine selections shattered the previous school record of eight draft picks in 1948.
- LSU’s six selections in the first three rounds are the most by the program in the first three rounds of an NFL Draft. The Tigers had five selections in the first three rounds of the 2011 draft.
- Eight of LSU’s nine drafted players are underclassmen.
- LSU finished second nationally with nine draft selections. Florida State was first with 11 selections, and Alabama was tied for second with nine as well.
- LSU has had at least one defensive back in seven straight drafts. The Tigers have had 12 defensive backs chosen in the last seven NFL Drafts combined.
- LSU has produced a defensive tackle selected in the draft for now six straight years.
- LSU Hall of Famer Kevin Faulk was on hand at Radio City Music Hall on Friday to announce the New England Patriots draft picks.
- Kevin Minter was the third-highest linebacker drafted in LSU history. Eric Hill went No. 10 overall to the Cardinals in 1989, while A.J. Duhe went No. 13 overall to the Dolphins in 1977.
- Head coach Les Miles has now produced at least five NFL Draft picks in every draft he has been a part of at LSU (eight drafts).
- For the first time in LSU history, LSU produced multiple first round picks in back-to-back drafts.
- The school record for number of defensive players selected in a single modern draft was broken.
- Nine of the 11 defensive starters on the 2011 team have been drafted in the past two years. All nine went in the first three rounds, including four in the first round.
2013 NFL Draft Order
98. Philadelphia (from Jacksonville) - Matt Barkley, QB, USC
99. Kansas City - Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
100. Tampa Bay (from Oakland) - Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
101. Jacksonville (from Philadelphia) - Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
102. New England (from Detroit via Minnesota) - Josh Boyce, WR, TCU
103. Arizona - Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
104. Miami (from Cleveland) - Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida
105. Buffalo - Duke Williams, FS, Nevada
106. Miami (from NY Jets via New Orleans) - Dion Sims, TE, Michigan St.
107. Tennessee - Brian Schwenke, C, California
108. Carolina - Edmund Kugbila, OG, Valdosta St.
109. Green Bay (from New Orleans via Miami) - David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
110. Arizona (from San Diego) - Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
111. Pittsburgh (from Miami via Cleveland) - Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
112. Oakland (from Tampa Bay) - Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
113. St. Louis - Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama
114. Dallas - B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
115. Pittsburgh - Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
116. Arizona (from NY Giants) - Earl Watford, OG, James Madison
117. Chicago - Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
118. Cincinnati - Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M
119. Washington - Phillip Thomas, SS, Fresno St.
120. Minnesota - Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn St.
121. Indianapolis - Khaled Holmes, C, USC
122. Green Bay - J.C. Tretter, OT, Cornell
123. Seattle - Chris Harper, WR, Kansas St.
124. Houston - Trevardo Williams, DE, Connecticut
125. Green Bay (from Denver) - Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
126. Tampa Bay (from New England) - William Gholston, DE, Michigan St.
127. Atlanta - Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson
128. San Francisco - Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
129. Baltimore - John Simon, DE, Ohio St.
130. Baltimore (Compensatory) - Kyle Juszczyk, FB, Harvard
131. San Francisco (Compensatory) - Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
132. Detroit (Compensatory) - Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina
133. Atlanta (Compensatory) - Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford
134. Kansas City - Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
135. Jacksonville - Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan
136. Philadelphia - Earl Wolff, SS, NC State
137. Seattle (from Detroit) - Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
138. Seattle (from Oakland) - Tharold Simon, CB, LSU
139. Indianapolis (from Cleveland) - Montori Hughes, DT, UT-Martin
140. Arizona - Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
141. NY Jets - Oday Adoushi, OT, Virginia
142. Tennessee - Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU
143. Buffalo - Jonathan Meeks, DB, Clemson
144. New Orleans - Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
145. San Diego - Steve Williams, CB, California
146. Denver (from Miami via Green Bay) - Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
147. Tampa Bay - Steven Means, DE, Buffalo
148. Carolina - A.J. Klein, LB, Iowa St.
149. St. Louis - Brandon McGee, CB, Miami (Fla.)
150. Pittsburgh - Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
151. Dallas - Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma St.
152. NY Giants - Cooper Taylor, S, Richmond
153. Atlanta (from Chicago) - Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU
154. Washington - Chris Thompson, RB, Florida St.
155. Minnesota - Jeff Locke, P, UCLA
156. Cincinnati - Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas
157. San Francisco (from Indianapolis) - Quinton Dial, DE, Alabama
158. Seattle - Luke Wilson, TE, Rice
159. Green Bay - Micah Hyde, FS, Iowa
160. St. Louis (from Houston) - Zac Stacy, RB, Vanderbilt
161. Denver - Tavarres King, WR, Georgia
162. Washington (from New England) - Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida St.
163. Chicago (from Atlanta) - Jordan Mills, OT, Louisiana Tech
164. Miami (from San Francisco via Cleveland) - Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
165. Detroit (from Baltimore) - Sam Martin, P, Appalachian St.
166. Dolphins (Compensatory) - Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida
167. Green Bay (Compensatory) - Josh Boyd, DT, Mississippi St.
168. Baltimore (Compensatory) - Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
169. Jacksonville - Josh Evans, FS, Florida
170. Kansas City - Eric Kush, C, California (PA)
171. Detroit - Corey Fuller, WR, Virginia Tech
172. Oakland - Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
173. Denver (from Philadelphia via Cleveland, San Francisco and Arizona) - Vinston Painter, OT, Virgnia Tech
174. Arizona - Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
175. Cleveland - Jamoris Slaughter, SS, Notre Dame
176. Houston (from Tennessee via Minnesota, Arizona and Oakland) - David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose St.
177. Buffalo - Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida St.
178. NY Jets - William Campbell, DT, Michigan
179. San Diego - Tourek Williams, DE, Florida International
180. San Francisco (from Miami) - Nick Moody, LB, Florida St.
194. Seattle - Spencer Ware, RB, LSU