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2011 NFL Draft: LSU Pro Day gives Tolliver and Sheppard chance to shine

Pro Day events continue today, and the biggest school on the docket is LSU. Sure, CB Patrick Peterson is the most identifiable prospect coming out of the SEC powerhouse this year. Most eyes will be on the big man, but there are some other LSU prospects of note ticketed for the 2011 NFL Draft. 

I mentioned WR Terrance Tolliver in a post last week looking at some potential mid-to-late round picks. Tolliver has the size and speed, but questions about his production and consistency. Position drills will be key for him to assure teams that he can run pro routes and enough of a first step to get separation.

Why is it that any linebacker who isn't seen as a pass rusher in a 3-4 automatically gets labeled an inside linebacker? Maybe that is the best fit for LSU's Kelvin Sheppard, but he does offer some potential as a outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. Sheppard will have to make the case that he has enough athleticism to play on the weakside in a 4-3. 

Tony Pauline notes that Alabama OT prospect James Carpenter is "flying up draft boards." Carpenter, you'll recall, is a player we talked about at length with Todd from Roll Bama Roll on the last episode of Turf Show Radio. Debate about whether or not Carpenter can play LT will shape his draft status. Some see him as a guard in the NFL, which makes him a name to know for TSTers. 

In noting the St. Louis Rams private workout with Baylor OG Danny Watkins, Pauline again notes his report from the Combine that the Rams would like to pursue wide receiver and interior line help with their early draft picks