Yesterday, it was announced that nine LSU Football players have earned invitations to participate in the NFL Combine. These nine LSU players all were key players on the Tigers’ SEC West Championship team this past season and shortly after, entered their names for the NFL Draft. Now, these Tigers will get ready for the most important times of their lives as they will get to showcase their talents in front of NFL scouts.
The following nine players have all been invited to the 2023 NFL Combine, which will take place between February 28th and March 6th.
WR Kayshon Boutte:
After announcing that he would come back to play for LSU in 2023, LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte changed his mind and decided to enter the NFL Draft. As a preseason All-American entering the season, it was a bit of a disappointment from a statistical standpoint after having 48 catches for 538 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, it was still a productive career for the Westgate product finishing his Tigers career with 131 catches for 1,782 yards and 16 touchdowns.
DE BJ Ojulari:
Both Boutte and defensive end BJ Ojulari came in with high expectations as potential first round draft picks for this season, so it was not a big surprise when the defensive end from Marietta, Georgia declared for the NFL Draft. Ojulari had 58 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, one fumble forced and one fumble recovery making 1st Team All-SEC. The younger brother of New York Giants defensive end Azeez Ojulari is looking to join him in the NFL.
DE Ali Gaye:
Ojulari’s pass rushing partner Ali Gaye was one of the veterans for the Tigers this past season after coming through the junior college ranks back in the COVID season of 2020. The team captain set a great example for the program on and off the field as he finished his LSU career with 87 tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss and 7.0 sacks.
DT Jaquelin Roy:
Jaquelin Roy played a critical part in LSU’s defense this past season as the season ending injury to Maason Smith forced him to play the majority of snaps this season. The local University Lab product was difficult to put a hand on as he has done a tremendous job in stuffing the run, finishing his LSU career with 97 career tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and four sacks.
LB Micah Baskerville:
As a fifth-year senior, linebacker Micah Baskerville saved his best year for last as he led the Tigers in tackles with 89 plus having an interception returned for a touchdown against Southern, a sack, and eight pass deflections. The veteran linebacker from Evangel Christian Academy in Shreveport finished his LSU career with 250 tackles, three sacks, and two interceptions.
CB Mekhi Garner:
Mekhi Garner was one of the many defensive backs that transferred to LSU and immediately found himself a role coming from UL. As a big, physical corner, Garner started 13 games for the Tigers and finished with 43 tackles and eight pass breakups.
WR Jaray Jenkins:
LSU wide receiver Jaray Jenkins was in a loaded receiver room this past season, but the wily veteran was a highly underrated and reliable receiver during his time in Baton Rouge. This past season, Jenkins led the Tigers in receiving touchdowns with six plus 27 catches for 404 yards. The Jena native ended his career with 89 catches for 1,370 yards and 14 touchdowns.
DB Jay Ward:
LSU defensive back Jay Ward showed off his versatility playing wherever the Tigers needed him to play in Baton Rouge. During his time on campus, Ward played cornerback, nickel, and safety. Last season, Ward finished with 60 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, an interception and a fumble recovery highlighted by a SEC Defensive Player of the Week performance against Mississippi State. Ward’s exceptional ball skills and versatility will help him translate to the next level.
OL Anthony Bradford:
Anthony Bradford was a versatile lineman for the Tigers playing three different positions (left tackle, right tackle, and right guard). Bradford played close to 900 snaps throughout the season and only was called for two penalties. He helped pave the way for a Tigers’ running game that set a single season school record for rushing touchdowns.