LSU couldn't maintain its weekend trend of earning two draft picks, as the Tigers mustered just one more pick in the 2012 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon.
That honor went to Ron Brooks, who didn't have to wait too long in Saturday's marathon, which covered rounds four through seven. Brooks was taken 29th in the fourth round (124th overall) by the Buffalo Bills. Brooks' fantastic numbers at this winter's NFL combine undoubtedly helped boost his draft stock. The former dime back didn't manage much time as a starter in Baton Rouge, but he made up for the lack of playing time with a jaw-dropping 4.37 40-yard dash at the combine.
Buffalo is slowly becoming a bit like LSU-North in recent years. Much like the New England Patriots, who seem to continually look at Tiger prospects, the Bills now feature three LSU alums on their defense. In addition to Brooks, Buffalo drafted former LSU linebacker Kelvin Sheppard 68th overall last spring, and they drafted Tiger DT Kyle Williams in the fifth round of the 2006 draft.
No other Tigers heard their names called in the remaining three rounds of the draft, giving LSU a total of five players drafted in 2012. Interestingly enough, that number is the lowest total for LSU since 2007. Five LSU players were drafted in 2007, which was also the last time LSU had multiple first round picks before Morris Claiborne and Michael Brockers were taken in the first round Thursday night.
The draft might have ended with just five players taken, but several more LSU prospects were involved in a flurry of free agent activity on Saturday night.