Two more LSU alums officially entered the NFL on Friday night, but the wait was a bit longer than expected.
Rueben Randle and Brandon Taylor joined first rounders Morris Claiborne and Michael Brockers as members of LSU's 2012 draft class. Randle was drafted by the New York Giants, while Taylor joined the San Diego Chargers. The timing of the pair's selections was a bit surprising, however, as both prospects waited longer than many had projected.
Randle was considered by many a possible first round pick, and he was one of 26 invitees to attend the draft at Radio City Music Hall. Despite that, Randle waited until the last pick of the second round -- going 63rd overall as the final pick of the second round. The drop alone wasn't the only surprising thing -- it was Randle's spot in the pecking over. The junior was considered by some to be one of the draft's three or four best prospects at wide receiver. But by the time the Giants called him, he was the ninth receiver off the board.
Some, including Todd McShay, projected Taylor as a potential second round pick, but the former Tigers' safety dipped into the early portion of the third round. The San Diego Chargers took Taylor 10th in the third round and 73rd overall. He was the fourth safety off the board in a draft that didn't see a lot of demand for ballhawks. After Alabama's Mark Barron and Notre Dame's Harrison Smith went in the first round, only Illinois safety Tavon Wilson went ahead of Taylor, as he was taken 48th in the second round.
No other Tigers went on Friday night, but there was bit of local interest in the New Orleans Saints' 89th overall pick of Akiem Hicks of the University of Regina. Hicks was committed to play for LSU in 2009, but he never had a chance to suit up for the Tigers. Violations in Hicks' recruitment led to a year of probation for the program, as well as the dismissal of former wide receivers coach DJ McCarthy.
With Taylor and Randle's selections, the four primary LSU prospects in this draft class have been taken. But there are still several Tigers in play as the draft enters its later rounds. Ron Brooks, Deangelo Peterson, Ryan Baker, Jordan Jefferson, Jarrett Lee and Will Blackwell are all guys who will be hoping to hear their names called in rounds four through seven on Saturday.