Make that seven LSU players who declared for the 2020 NFL draft.
Running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire also announced Wednesday night that he is entering the draft. Six other LSU players made the same announcement on Jan. 15.
Edwards-Helaire (5-8, 209) finished the season with 1,414 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns to go with 55 receptions and 453 yards receiving, plus 1 receiving TD.
Now the wait is on for pass rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, who has yet to make his draft intentions known.
The deadline for underclassmen to declare is tomorrow, Jan. 17.
Note: This story has been edited to include the announcement of offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles.
The 2020 NFL draft is finally taking shape, as a slew of LSU players made their NFL draft intentions public.
Leaving school early includes safety Grant Delpit, linebackers Jacob Phillips and Patrick Queen, wide receiver Justin Jefferson, center Lloyd Cushenberry and offensive tackle Saahdiq Charles. Charles missed several games this season due to a team suspension but had a dominant performance in theNational Championship game.
Clemson receiver Tee Higgins also declared for the draft.
Delpit and Higgins are potential Day 1 picks, while Phillips, Queen and Cushberry will likely be drafted between rounds 2 and 4. Charles, meanwhile, will have to explain to teams why he was suspended for six games this season. He did not give up a quarterback pressure in 61 snaps in the championship game vs. Clemson, according to Pro Football Focus.
— GrantDelpit (@realgrantdelpit) January 15, 2020
However, that’s not the only LSU players with draft decisions looming.
Chaisson is projected to be drafted in the first or second round, if his medical evaluations hold up, while Edwards-Helaire is expected to be drafted sometime on Day 2.
Stevens, meanwhile, has seen his draft stock soar in recent months. The former five-star athlete is a hybrid safety-linebacker prospect who finished the season with 92 tackles, 5 sacks and 3 interceptions.
“… His name is beginning to swirl as a prospect to watch on NFL boards. … The film he put out is among the best from safety prospects in the Southeastern Conference.”
However, one surprise came out of the SEC today as Alabama RB Najee Harris announced that he is returning to school.