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LSU’s fast receivers shine at pro day

Could Rams be interested in a sleeper at receiver or a former Tigers linebacker?

NCAA Football: Senior Bowl Practice Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

LSU receiver Racey McMath would be one of the least productive college receivers ever drafted, but Wednesday’s workout at the Tigers’ pro day could make him worth a shot in the dark. Or maybe LSU just has the slowest-moving stopwatches in the universe because McMath had a hard time standing out against teammates Ja’Marr Chase and Terrace Marshall, two players who could go on day one.

With Chase in the argument as the first non-quarterback off the board this year.

McMath was measured at 6’2, 217 lbs with 32” arms and he ran a 4.34 40-yard dash. Not many humans have run a 4.34 or faster at over 215 lbs, but most recently DK Metcalf posted a 4.33 at 6’3, 228. Julio Jones, Patrick Peterson, and Robert Griffin III also posted similar size and speed combos at the combine. McMath, however, did not post “invite me to the combine” numbers at LSU.

In 18 games over three seasons, McMath caught 33 passes for 522 yards with four touchdowns. At the very least, it puts him in range for the LA Rams, if they’d like to consider a day three pick or as a significant campaign to sign him if he goes undrafted.

Chase ran a 4.38 at 6’, 201 lbs, while Marshall posted a 4.38 at 6’2, 205.

Chase could go in the top five and is not expected to fall outside of the top-10. Marshall could squeeze into the latter half of the first round. Full LSU pro day results here.

One LSU player who the Rams are likely much more interested in though is linebacker Jabril Cox, but that’s only if he slips outside of the top 56 picks. LA’s needs at linebacker could potentially be addressed if they land Cox, who posted 58 tackles, three interceptions, and one sack in 10 games during his lone season with the Tigers in 2020.

Cox measured 6’3, 232 lbs, 32” arms but didn’t participate in drills because of an injury. Perhaps that could be what slides him down the draft order.