Monday January 7th, 2013

The Louisiana State University defense just got even thinner thanks to the NFL Draft. Just days after junior cornerback Tharold Simon declared for the 2013 NFl Draft, ESPN's Joe Schad reports that a trio of Tiger juniors have followed his path: DEs Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery and DT Bennie Logan.

https://twitter.com/schadjoe/status/288004927433891841

Mingo is the standout name among the group, for reasons other than his name itself. The junior is rated the #6 overall player in this year's class by ESPN/Scouts and is considered a contender for the best defensive player in a defense-heavy draft. Fellow pass-rusher Montgomery is ranked #17 by ESPN/Scouts, while 6-3, 295 pound lineman Logan is ranked #47. In addition to those three and Simon, the Tigers have also lost safety Eric Reid, linebacker Kevin Minter, and running back Spencer Ware to the draft this year as early entrants.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.