LSU leads country with nine players drafted

LSU matched its school record at the NFL draft with nine players selected, most of any school in the country this year.

New Orleans native Odell Beckham, Jr. was first to go, the 12th overall selection to the Giants. Beckham, Jr. will now team up with fellow Isidore Newman high alum, quarterback Eli Manning and former LSU teammate Rueben Randle in New York.

"It was crazy getting that call," Beckham Jr. said. "You're sitting there and you're on the phone with somebody, and my mom's right there. I told her before, don't you cry because I know because if you do, it's gonna be a wrap for me. Just to be able to share that with your family, and now share that with extended family. It's just been the best couple days of my life."

Two of the bigger surprises involving Tigers came in the second and sixth rounds. Defensive tackle Ego Ferguson shot up the draft board to the 51st overall pick to the Chicago Bears, while quarterback Zach Mettenberger fell several rounds to the sixth, where the Tennessee Titans took a chance on the former Tiger signal caller. Reports of a diluted urine sample from the NFL combine and a minor back injury contributed to Mettenberger's late selection.

Jeremy Hill was a late second round pick of the Bengals. Hill plans to hit the ground running in Cincinnati and looks forward to the competition at running back.

"I know they drafted one last year in the second round in Giovanni Benard, and Ben-Jarvis Green-Ellis is a veteran up there, so I'm gonna have a lot of guys who have game experience, that I can learn the ropes, the day in and day out, how to be a running back in the national football league," Hill said. "So definitely excited to be a part of that room. And definitely excited to try to make an impact early on."

Jarvis Landry was the next Tiger to go with the 63rd overall pick to the Miami Dolphins, before Trai Turner wrapped up the day two picks, going to the Carolina Panthers in the third round. For Landry, it's been a joy to celebrate the LSU brand.

"It was an exciting time for this state, and the families of the former players that were drafted," Landry said. "You know I can't say enough about my teammates that were drafted. I'm excited about their opportunity, not only mine, because I know what it was like in the heat of the summer, with those guys on the turf running, lifting with Coach Moffitt, so it's an overwhelming feeling for me, and I know it is for them too."

On the draft's final day, Marrero native Lamin Barrow went in the fifth round to the Denver Broncos, while two other Louisiana natives also heard their names called late.

Running back Alfred Blue in the sixth round to the Houston Texans, and Belle Chasse native James Wright in the seventh round to the Bengals.

With 18 players drafted in just the past two years, LSU continues to produce NFL ready talent, but the Tigers will have to reload once again.

Here's a recap of LSU's nine drafted players in 2014:

1st Round - Odell Beckham, Jr. - Giants WR

2nd Round - Ego Ferguson - Bears DT

2nd Round - Jeremy Hill - Bengals RB

2nd Round - Jarvis Landry - Dolphins WR

3rd Round - Trai Turner - Panthers OG

5th Round - Lamin Barrow - Broncos LB

6th Round - Zach Mettenberger - Titans QB

6th Round - Alfred Blue - Texans RB

7th Round - James Wright - Bengals WR