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Thursday, September 15, 2011
Breaking down LSU's NFL talent

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Steve Muench of ESPN.com's Scouts Inc. reviewed tape of LSU's season-opening win over Oregon and came away impressed with how many potential NFL players the Tigers have on defense.

Prior to the season, junior cornerback Morris Claiborne and junior linebacker Ryan Baker already graded as NFL prospects, but Muench also liked what he saw from defensive ends Lavar Edwards, Barkevious Mingo, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Tharold Simon and defensive tackle Anthony Johnson.

Muench breaks down how some of these defenders might fare Insider Thursday night against Mississippi State.

Just on defense, LSU has at least eight players who are sophomores or younger that will have a chance to play in the NFL.