Wow I had a great year!
67 species eliminated! 15 Planets obliterated! Over 2000 different weapons used!
Do you mind if I brag a little. Of course you don’t! Just consider yourself lucky its not you I am destroying!
And why would I? With schools like LSU putting so much talent into the NFL.
Even when LSU has a bad year they are stacked! Year after year. Even the Dolphins have benefited from the wealth of talent at LSU by bringing in Jarvis Landry a few years ago.
This year you will probably see a few LSU defensive backs in Jamal Adams and Tre ‘Davious White go off the board very early. But there are a few LSU Linebackers worth looking at. Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley are both expected to be drafted in 2017 as well. Its not like LSU hasn’t put good Linebackers int he NFL. Kwon Alexander and Deion Jones are both recent examples of LSU linebackers drafted in the last couple of years.
This year I have my eye on Duke Riley to be the next impact linebacker from LSU.
Duke Riley is known as “Little Duke” to some. Well he was as young kid, suffering from spinal meningitis and wearing thick glasses after be nearly blinded by the disorder he was said to be a bit of a runt.
As a matter of fact “Little Duke” sat on the bench watching those aforementioned linebackers for the last three years before finally getting his chance to start in 2016.
Riley finished with 93 tackles this season, nine tackles for losses. He was a weekly playmaker for the Tigers all season.
Since Riley’s first three years at LSU used him primarily on special teams and as a reserve, he will probably help whatever NFL drafts him right away on special teams.
That long wait on the depth chart is not so unusual for LSU Linebackers. Deion Jones followed a similar track to the NFL.
Its always great to find defensive players who actually played on dominant defenses in college. And LSU fits that bill. Only 2 teams scored more than 21 points against LSU in 2016 and Riley was one of the primary reasons for that.
When you watch Riley on tape what jumps out is the fact that he always seems to be in the right place. He has a real knack for that. And he seems very well rounded, able to cover Tight Ends and Running Backs, stopping the run and putting pressure on the QB. He is a disciplined Linebacker who knows how to make an impact.
In fact, one things Riley has a knack for is clutch plays. Riley has a tendency to make big plays in the 4th Qtr when his teams needs his most. Think the Dolphins can use that kind of player?
If I was going to compare Duke Riley to an Alien Weapon of Destruction, I would be inclined to compare him to one of my favorites:
The Obliterating Photon Kannon!
Check out Riley vs Alabama in this video: