Originally written on Optimum Scouting  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The mass exodus from LSU has continued, though this time, the players declaring aren't unexpected. After having six players declare already, including an under-used running back and a punter, three defensive linemen leaving for the NFL from LSU shouldn't be much of a surprise. Despite all three (maybe Logan the least of them) not playing as dominant as expected in the pre-season, Barkevious Mingo, Sam Montgomery, and Bennie Logan are all leaving the LSU defensive line for the NFL, per Joe Schad of ESPN via Twitter. Here's what our SEC scout Alex Brown had to say about all three now declared juniors: "As talented and intriguing as he is confusing, Barkevious Mingo is still rough around the edges as a prospect. While his length, suddenness and athleticism are undeniable, Mingo’s inability to finish the play remains a mystery for scouts, as he showcases a “plus” skill set off the snap. Mingo has the rare balance, bend and burst to develop into a dominant pass rusher, yet he too often disappears versus the run or takes himself upfield and out of the play. Another year in school would have served him well, but it appears Mingo is well on his way to a first round selection, as one of the more talented pass rushers in a relatively weak draft class." RELATED: 2013 NFL Draft Underclassmen Tracker "Bulking up to 260 pounds, Montgomery drives with his lower half very well and exhibits a power rushing skill set. Quick to fire his hips and hands upwards to create a snap at the point of attack, Montgomery understands how to win the leverage battle and collapse the pocket. Montgomery, though lacking an elite first step off the edge, should make a living as a 4-3 defensive end, anchoring versus the run and getting after the quarterback." "Another highly talented junior defensive prospect for LSU is defensive tackle Bennie Logan. Able to win with first step burst and explosion, Logan possesses rare suddenness and quick twitch athleticism for his size. Normally Logan will turn his shoulders and skinny through the hole with a rip or swim move, but also knows to get his hands up to cover a passing lane when unable to win off the snap. Though he struggles to finish plays in the backfield after an impressive get-off, Logan does a nice job of disrupting run flow and allowing his teammates to rally for the tackle. Not quite a first round talent in my eyes but a likely high day two pick."   At this point, I'd probably rank Montgomery the best of the bunch, Mingo a close second (but with more upside), and Logan rounding out the crew. But the fact that, despite none of three really developing into Top 10 picks (at least in our opinion) as they have all flashed before, all three could be 1st round pick is a testament to just how tremendous the LSU defensive line product has become.   
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Reporter who broke Deflategate story receiving death threats

Sherman not expecting baby on Super Bowl Sunday

Arizona flights delayed due to dense fog

Report: Peyton Manning likely to announce return shortly

Report: Jets, Bills expected to pursue Darrelle Revis

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Falcons being investigated for fake crowd noise

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

VCU G Briante Weber suffers major knee injury in loss

Short selling leaves hundreds of fans without S.B. tickets

Hamilton, Edmonds' spouses to appear on 'Real Housewives'

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix trolls LSU over Kevin Steele hire

WATCH: Kevin Love booed by fans in return to Minnesota

WATCH: Gregg Popovich gets nailed in head with a shot

Tom Brady sounds fired up for Super Bowl

Deion Sanders’ charter school shut down

The six most popular players in Super Bowl XLIX

Tony Dungy voted for Bobby Wagner for NFL MVP

Patriots' footballs were 'just a few ticks' under limit?

2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class announced

Anderson Silva beats Nick Diaz in return to octagon

WATCH: 'SNL' mocks Super Bowl

Sabres had a horrific month of January

Ole Miss uses Katy Perry as prop in recruiting

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
OPTIMUM SCOUTING

Kevin Love booed in Minnesota return

Deion’s charter school shut down

Dungy cast the Wagner MVP vote

Report: Jets, Bills to pursue Revis

Did the Falcons pipe in crowd noise?

2015 Hall of Fame class announced

Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP

Tim Duncan suing financial adviser?

Five likely cap casualties of 2015

Making the case for NFL co-MVPs

WATCH: Tom Brady sings about balls

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.