Today is all about LSU, as it is the only college having a pro day today. A year removed from drafting former LSU safety Eric Reid, will the 49ers draft another LSU Tiger in 2014? They will have a handful of prospects to choose from if that is the case. You can watch the Pro Day LIVE here.
Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback: This is a big day for Mettenberger, as he tore his ACL in November and was unable to participate at the combine. Before the injury he put up 22 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. Months removed from surgery, the LSU trainer says Mettenberger's knee is near full strength, which is good news because Mettenberger plans to do all quarterback drills today. A good performance day could catapult him ahead of players like A.J. McCarron and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Jeremy Hill, Running Back: A throwback power running back, Hill will be hoping to improve on his 4.66 combine forty time. The 6'1" 233 lb running back put up an impressive season that ranks among the greatest in LSU history. This past season Hill rushed for 1,401 yards and 16 touchdowns, with an insane 6.9 yards per carry. His stock should go up after today, as I think his forty time will improve. Although Hill was bottled up by Alabama this season, he destroyed most of his competition and has what it takes to become a starter in the pros if given the chance.
Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver: Landry is a receiver who is great at catching the ball in traffic, even when he is blanketed by defenders. The saying "When he's covered, he's open" applies to Landry, he is of the Anquan Boldin variety of wideout. Landry put together the slowest time for a receiver at the combine, clocking in at 4.77, and he will have to improve upon that time today. His game film indicates he is faster than 4.77, so he should do better than that time. Landry hauled in 77 receptions for 1,193 yards, and ten touchdowns.
Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver: While Beckham didn't have as good of a year as Landry, this off-season has seen his stock skyrocket, and he appears to be a first round choice. Beckham looked great at the combine, running fluid routes, and looking especially impressive in the gauntlet drill. He's faster than Landry (4.43 forty), but he isn't as physical, and has a case of the drops from time to time. Although Beckham may go before Landry in the draft, it will be interesting to see who has the better career.