NFL welcomes Louisiana's best
(WVUE) - From the top picks down to mister irrelevant, the feeling of 'I finally made it' was all the same. Donte' Jackson was the first LSU Tiger to hear his name called and he had to wait until Day 2 of the NFL Draft.
And then there was unexpected wait and see for Derrius Guice, who's fall from grace was all the talk because the former LSU running back, who possesses first round talent, fell to 'late' in the second round to Washington. And it had nothing to do with his ability 'between' the white lines.
Instead, teams seem to think he's high maintenance and didn't handle pressure well. Guice said before the draft that the 31-teams that 'didn't' draft him would be sorry. We shall see.
Meanwhile, no such controversy surrounding his drafted teammates. All totaled, seven tigers heard their name called during the three days. DJ Chark joined Jackson and Guice in the third round. He'll join former Tiger teammate Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville.
Arden Key, once considered a first-round prospect, had to wait til the 3rd round, number 87 to Oakland. The Saints could face wide receiver Russel Gage twice this season as he's now with the Atlanta Falcons. Quarterback Danny Etling will learn under Tom Brady in New England.
And for the first time since 2010, the Saints drafted an LSU Tiger, bringing Will Clapp on board with the 245th pick.
Uptown, a pair of Tulane Green Wave heard their names called on Day 3. Cornerback Parry Nickerson is headed to the big apple to play for the New York Jets while his former wave teammate, Ade Aruna, will have to learn the Skol clap as he's now a Minnesota Viking.
Meanwhile, in Lafayette, a couple of Ragin Cajun teammates now have NFL homes. Corner back Tracy Walker is headed to Detroit as the Lions 3rd round pick. Fellow defensive back Simeon Thomas is a Cleveland Brown after being picked in the sixth round.
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