5 LSU players that could be 2021 first-round draft picks

Amos Morale III
April 27, 2020 - 9:00 am

The 2020 NFL Draft ended Saturday with a record 14 LSU players being selected including five in the first round. 

LSU's Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow led the group with as Cincinnati Bengals made him the No. 1 overall pick. Pass Rusher K’Lavon Chaisson, Receiver Justin Jefferson, Linebacker Patrick Queen and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire joined him in the first round as selections by the Jacksonville Jaguars, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs, respectively. 

Despite so much talent departing Baton Rouge, the Tigers still have several elite prospects that could hear their names called in the first round of next year's draft.

Here are five LSU players that could hear their names called in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft:
1. Ja’Marr Chase, WR: The 2019 Biletnikoff Award winning receiver probably would've been the first receiver taken in this year's draft. Chase had a record-setting 2019. His 84 receptions went for an SEC record and NCAA leading 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was also the first player in LSU in the program's history to have three 200-yard receiving games in the same season.
Several of this year's drafted defensive backs told NOLA.com's Amie Just, at the NFL Combine, that Chase was the toughest receiver they faced this season.

LSU Tigers safety JaCoby Stevens (3) intercepts a pass against Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Kellen Mond (not pictured) during the second half at Tiger Stadium.
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2. Jacoby Stevens, S: The 6-foot-1, 228-pound defensive back seemed to do it all for the Tigers last year. He was a three-time SEC Defensive Player of the Week and earned second-team All-SEC honors. He 85 tackles and five sacks both ranked second for LSU. And he also collected three interceptions and broke up six passes. His versatility and production combine with the physical attributes should have Stevens being discussed as a first-rounder following this season.

LSU Tigers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (6) makes a catch for a touchdown against Clemson Tigers cornerback Derion Kendrick (1) in the fourth quarter in the College Football Playoff national championship game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

3. Terrace Marshall Jr., WR: The 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver was on pace to have over 20 touchdown receptions last season before a foot injury held him out of three games. He still finished 2019 with 13 touchdown receptions. Expect the speedy receiver to post even more impressive numbers this season as LSU's receptions leader Justin Jefferson was a first round pick of the Minnesota Vikings and teams put more emphasis on slowing down Chase.

North Dakota State Bison linebacker Jabril Cox (42) is tackled by James Madison Dukes offensive lineman Nick Edwards (55) after picking up a fumble in the second quarter at Toyota Stadium.
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4. Jabrill Cox, LB: LSU recently added the 6-foot-3, 233-pound graduate transfer from North Dakota State after he posted ridiculous numbers and helped the Bison to three straight FCS National Championships. He racked up  258 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 14 sacks along with six interceptions while at North Dakota State. 
Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron even said recently that he thought Cox could have potentially been a first-rounder this year.
"We talked to some NFL people they felt that he was going to be a No. 1 draft choice if he went out," Orgeron said.

LSU Tigers nose tackle Tyler Shelvin (72) warms up before the 2019 Peach Bowl college football playoff semifinal game between the LSU Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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5. Tyler Shelvin, DT: Shelvin was one of the top recruits in the country coming out of high school and should be posed for a big season as LSU shifts to a 4-3 defense. The 6-foot-3, 346 pound defensive lineman drew double teams for much of the season and finished with 39 tackles including three for a loss.

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