2014 position preview: defensive backs 

October, 17, 2012
There might not be a more loaded talent pool for LSU to comb through next year than the nearby group of 2014 defensive backs. That's got to be welcome news for the Tigers' coaching staff, because just like their defensive line, the Tigers' 2012 secondary is bound to lose some starters.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesShould Eric Reid opt for the NFL, LSU would have to recruit well to replace his spot in the secondary.
Veterans like safety Eric Reid and cornerback Tharold Simon are more than likely going to be early casualties to next spring's NFL draft. Fellow junior Craig Loston is less of a threat to leave early, but anything is possible. In the same vein, it's possible we could see dismissed cornerback Tyrann Mathieu return to the team next fall, but it wouldn't be a smart bet.

Re-stocking the cupboard becomes a priority, and LSU is already well underway with three cornerbacks signed for 2013. But the talent stockpile is about to get a lot deeper, assuming the Tigers have any kind of success signing DB's. And here's a hint: they already have.
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