- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
By the time the dust settled on the 2012 NFL draft, LSU saw five of its former players selected during the course of the weekend. The overall haul of Tigers going into the NFL wasn't much of a surprise -- LSU has been one of the top suppliers of pro talent for the better part of a decade now.
But looking over the LSU draftees provides one interesting insight: they are getting younger. Of the five players drafted in 2012, three of them were juniors. Additionally, those three underclassmen were drafted first. This goes against a trend of seniority during Les Miles' tenure in Baton Rouge, in which many of the Tigers' top NFL prospects like Joseph Addai, Dwayne Bowe, Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson chose to exhaust their eligibility.
That's not to say the Tigers aren't used to losing underclassmen to the draft, but it certainly seems to be more prevalent recently, as LSU's highest-drafted player in each of the last three drafts has been a junior.
With that in mind, here's a handful of underclassmen players that will undoubtedly draw the attention of the pro scouts in 2012.