The last Saturday of the 2020 NFL draft, Saturday April 25th, was another big day for players from universities in Louisiana. In total, ten players from universities of The Pelican State were drafted into NFL teams, of which four were from LSU, two from Tulane, two from Louisiana Tech and two from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Two more LSU players went in the fourth round, which gave LSU a record-tying total of 14 players in the three-day draft. The record is now shared with Ohio State, who produced 14 draftees in 2004.
Although the following recaps those Louisiana ten athletes that were selected on the last Saturday of the draft, it should be highlighted that the first NFL draft pick was that of LSU’s quarterback Joe Burrow, who led the team to a national championship after a 15-0 season. Burrow was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Among Louisiana’s big Saturday draftees were LSU’s offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles, who was the second overall pick in the round, chosen by the Washington Redskins. He started nine games in LSU’s national championship season of 2019.
The 12th LSU player drafted was Rashard Lawrence of LSU. Touted as being good at the point of attack and holding his ground well against the run, he is remarkably seasoned, having started 34 of 44 games he played while at LSU. Lawrence was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.
A solid and accomplished blocker, guard Kevin Dotson of UL-Lafayette, the second Ragin’ Cajun offensive lineman drafted (after Robert Hunt), was picked up by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Louisiana Tech saw two of its stars drafted back-to-back in the fourth round when defensive back L’Jarius Sneed was chosen by the Kansas City Chiefs (2020 Superbowl champions) and corner back Amik Robertson was snagged by the Las Vegas Raiders. Sneed is known for being a spectacular leaper and returning three interceptions for touchdowns at Louisiana Tech. Roberston is described as an “electric talent” who plays with attitude and fears nothing.
Tulane star wide receiver Darnell Mooney was picked up by the Chicago Bears at pick 173. He is remarkably fast and a consistent deep threat who scores nearly every time he touches the ball.
Long Snapper Blake Ferguson of LSU went to the Miami Dolphins. Ferguson is an elite talent and was notably the only exclusive long snapper chosen in the draft.
At pick No. 237, Tulane cornerback Thakarius Keyes was picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs. Keyes, also known as “Bopete” was a two-year starter for the Green Wave of Tulane and started in all but one of the 24 games he competed in.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted University of Louisiana (Lafayette) running back Raymond Calais in the seventh round. Calais is small, but is a fast and effective gunner which could increase his chances of starting for the Bucs.
Finally, LSU tied the record in the NFL Draft with a 14th selection as their tight end Stephen Sullivan was picked up by the Seattle Seahawks. Sullivan, a converted wide receiver, has a huge catch radius. He is big, but excels as a receiver as opposed to a blocker. Although he was often lost in the crowd at LSU with so many great wide receivers, he was still picked up due to his intriguing talent on the field.
In sum, the coming years should be a great time for pro football enthusiasts in Louisiana as we go on to watch some of our favorite college ball athletes show off their talents on the NFL gridirons.
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