Louisiana’s NFL Draft Prospects: Part 2 – Around Louisiana
Every NFL preseason, 100 or more Louisiana former prep stars dot NFL rosters.
Now we detail the hopefuls from the rest of the state.
-WR Terrace Marshall (6-3, 200) LSU
The Parkway High product clinched his spot in the first round with a 4.38 forty and 39″ vertical at his Pro Day. The five-star signee at LSU in ’18. Collected 106 balls, 1,594 yards and 23 TD’s in career including averaging over a touchdown per game in his final 18 outings. His uncle is the late Joe DeLaney, a former budding NFL running back star in the ealry 1980’s who drowned tragically trying to save lives. Terrace has an elite catching radius and creates surprising separation in routes as a big receiver. He uses his frame exceptionally well and showed he can be a No. 1 receiver in 2020 before opting out.
CB Israel Mukuamu (6-4, 205) South Carolina
An ex-Parkway teammate of Marshall, he made 19 starts for the Gamecocks. His explosive quickness for a big corner makes his appealing to scouts. He takes good angles toward the ball. He could be a third day pick who develops into a long-time starter.
DB Keldrick Carper (6-2, 195) Texas A&M
The Plain Dealing alum made seven starts in his final two seasons for the Aggies, totaling 116 tackles, 5.5 for loss and an interception. He’ll look to make a team as an undrafted free agent who has extensive special teams experience.
CB Kelvin Joseph (6-1, 192) LSU/Kentucky
The former Scotlandville star originally inked with LSU and played in 11 contests as true freshman in 2018. He entered the transfer portal following a suspension before an LSU bowl game. In his lone campaign at Kentucky, Joseph made nine starts with 25 tackles and four interceptions. He could end up as an early second day pick based on potential despite some uneven tape.
CB Rodarius Williams (6-0, 195) Oklahoma State
The Calvary Baptist alum and brother of Greedy Williams (LSU/Browns) could end up in the third or fourth round due to his extensive experience (48 starts) and desired length in coverage.
NT Tyler Shelvin (6-2-350) LSU
A product of Notre Dame-Crowley, his two seasons at LSU resulted in 48 tackles with three for loss and 1.5 sacks. Shelvin is a true nose tackle whose weight management will determine his future. He fits 3-4 defensive teams best. Shelvin could be taken on the second day of the draft.
OT Adrian Ealy (6-6 ½, 326 ) Oklahoma
At East Ascension, he received All State honors in 2016 and went on to earn back to back All Big 12 second team selections (2019, ’20). He makes second level blocks and moves well. An expected early third day pick, Ealy could play right tackle or kick inside to guard at the next level.
LB Dylan Moses (6-3, 240) Alabama
A Baton Rouge native who shined at University Lab and then finished his prep career at IMG Academy, Moses led the Crimson Tide in tackles in 2020 with 86. He could sneak into the late first round but likely goes off the board on day two as an inside linebacker who best fits in a 3-4 system.
RB Elijah Mitchell (5-11, 221) ULL
The former Erath standout ended his college days as the Cajuns’ sixth all-time rusher with 3,267 yards (6.2 yard/carry) with 41 touchdowns. He has a great frame and packs a wallop as an inside runner who has outstanding vision. Among sleeper backs for this draft, he could surprise with the right team. More than a groundhog, Mitchell also averaged 16 yards per catch. I suspect he’ll be taken in the late rounds.
OL Cole Prudhomme (6-4-302) ULL
The Eunice alum will be an undrafted free agent as a center/guard versatile prospect.
RB Travis Etienne (5-10, 210) Clemson
Most expect the Jennings alum to be the first running back off the board. Career at Jennings 8,864 rushing yards, 115 touchdowns. Originally committed to Texas A&M, he loved Clemson’s uniforms and annual contender status. A spot in Clemson class opened up in late January 2017, and the rest his history. Etienne was an instant hit, making 42 starts at Clemson and earning All American honors twice and All-ACC First Team selections three times. The all-time leading rusher in the ACC with 4,952 yards (7.22 yard average) with 70 rushing touchdowns (fifth most career TD’s in FBS history) added 102 catches for 1,155 yards and eight scores. He has the look of an instant NFL star. Etienne and Ron Dayne are the only players in FBS history to score at least 13 touchdowns in four different seasons.
DE Andre Jones (6-5, 244) ULL
The native of Angie, La. (Varnado) really came on last two seasons with the Cajuns. He made 40 tackles in 2020 with two sacks. Jones will make it to a camp as an undrafted free agent.
WR Marquez Stevenson (5-10, 182) Houston
The Northwood (Shreveport) product missed 2016 with a broken collarbone and 2017 due to a torn ACL. A very raw talent who showed his blazing speed on Houston’s track team, Stevenson still maned two All-AAC selections with 147 catches, 2,233 yards and 22 touchdowns. He looks very smooth and fluid in his routes routes. Projected as a fourth round pick, he may sneak up based on potential as a playmaker in space who can stretch the field.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…