LSU landed four players in this year's Pro Football Focus Top 101.
Running back Leonard Fournette was the highest ranked Tiger at No. 3, followed by defensive end Arden Key at No. 40, defensive lineman Devon Godchaux at No. 66 and safety Jamal Adams at No. 96.
In a bit of a surprise, offensive lineman Ethan Pocic did not make the top 101 players for 2016. The Tiger center was named the No. 2 preseason interior lineman by NFL.com last week.
PFF's 2016 outlook for Fournette:
As a runner, Fournette is excellent at “getting skinny” and working through tight spaces and he did a fantastic job of stringing multiple moves together last season, allowing for a number of big runs. If Fournette can improve his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, he can become even more dangerous, but he is already a Heisman favorite for the coming season.
PFF's 2016 outlook for Key:
The best freshman edge rusher in the nation a year ago, Key’s +21.2 pass rush grade ranked 29th in the nation and only Myles Garrett has posted a better mark among freshmen in our two years of grading. Key was also strong against the run and he should rank among the nation’s best edge rushers in 2016.
PFF's 2016 outlook for Godchaux:
It was a bumpy debut for Godchaux who struggled as a true freshman in 2014, and while he was still lacking the running game last season (-2.8), he turned it on as a pass rusher. His +23.0 grade was the best among returning interior defensive linemen as he picked up six sacks, six QB hits, and 30 hurries on 351 rushes.
PFF's 2016 outlook for Adams:
There’s some boom or bust to Adams’ game, but his overall body of work has lived up to his recruiting hype in his two years at LSU. He’s graded positively against the run, in coverage, and as a blitzer, and he’s made plays in the passing game as he knocked down six passes last year (tied for fifth among returning safeties) to go with four interceptions.
LSU landed six players on Athlon Sports Preseason All-American teams last week.
Needless to say, there will be a lot of talent on the field for the Tigers this year and very high expectations. LSU opens the season in Green Bay, WI against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Lambeau Field.
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