Four more Tigers declare for NFL draft

The exodus of LSU football juniors declaring early for the NFL draft continued Friday, with four more Tigers adding their name to the list.

Eric Reid was the first to make it official Friday morning. The All-American safety was third on the team with 91 tackles this season. He also had two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Fellow defensive back Tharold Simon is also going pro. Simon, considered LSU's best cover corner, led the Tigers with four interceptions to go along with 45 tackles.

Running back Spencer Ware also declared. Ware split time in a very crowded LSU backfield, but still ran for 367 yards, while receiving another 230.

Punter Brad Wing may be the first special teamer selected in the draft this year. He averaged 44.8 yards a boot this fall, but was suspended for the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The previous LSU school record for early draft departures was just three. This year blows that out the water with five and counting. Kevin Minter declared Thursday, while Bennie Logan, Sam Montgomery and KeKe Mingo are also expected to announce their decisions to leave school early.

If you also include Tyrann Mathieu, who was dismissed from the team back in August, that would make seven starters from LSU's defense in fall camp alone.