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NEW ORLEANS - The NFL Draft is now seven days away and from the end of the season to the present, no LSU Tiger has made a larger move up than St. Augustine's Trai Turner.
Turner wasn't on anyone's draft radar when he announced he was leaving LSU early to turn pro. Now, many believe he'll be gone in the draft's first four rounds.
Here's what happened: his 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine opened eyes to how good of an athlete the 310-pound guard really is.
Then they went back and looked at tape.
“I think he's a third round pick,” says draft analyst Mike Detillier. “He has zoomed up the charts. His athleticism, I think he's bigger than a lot of people thought, but more athletic. He can get to the second level and make that key block.”
Mike Detillier says Turner will need work in pass protection, but he says many of Jeremy Hill's big runs in 2013 started with Trai Turner.
“He's the best run blocker they had two years ago. Last year, he was the most consistent pass protector. I'm a big Trai Turner fan. I think he can be an All-Pro type offensive guard in the NFL. He's that good of a player. He's an intriguing player, and I think the most underrated football player that LSU has put out this year.”