Second day picks
Herman Johnson went in the fifth round to Arizona
Herman Johnson went in the fifth round to Arizona

Posted Apr 26, 2009


A pair of Johnsons – Quinn and Herman – highlighted the second day of the NFL Draft for LSU as the Tigers had a total of five players selected in rounds three through seven on Sunday.

In all, six LSU players were picked in the two-day draft, led by defensive end Tyson Jackson, who was the third overall pick. Johnson, who was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs, became the highest LSU defender ever taken in the NFL Draft, beating out fellow teammate Glenn Dorsey, who was the fifth overall pick a year ago by the Chiefs.

 

Sunday started slow for LSU as the Tigers went without a pick in rounds three and four before Quinn Johnson heard his named called by the Green Bay Packers with the ninth pick in the fifth round. Quinn Johnson, a fullback, was the 145th overall pick in the draft.

 

Herman Johnson, a first team All-America at offensive guard for LSU in 2008, was the next Tiger to go, being taken with the 31st pick in the fifth round (167th overall).

 

After going without a pick in the sixth round, LSU had three players selected in the seventh and final round. Safety Curtis Taylor was the 16th pick in the final round and 219th overall, going to the San Francisco 49ers. Minutes later, wide receiver Demetrius Byrd, despite still recovering from injuries sustained a week ago in a car wreck, was picked with the 15th pick in the seven round (224th overall) by the San Diego Chargers.

 

Ricky Jean-Francois, who opted to leave school after his junior season, slid all the way to the end of the seventh round before being picked by the 49ers with the 244th overall pick.

With six picks this year, LSU has now had a total of 25 players picked in the NFL Draft since Les Miles took over as head coach of the Tigers in 2005. In addition, LSU has now had seven first round draft picks since 2006, which included a school-record four in the 2007 draft.

 

Among the LSU seniors whose names went without being called on Sunday include linebacker Darry Beckwith, center Brett Helms, defensive tackle Marlon Favorite and defensive end Kirston Pittman. All four of those players, along with kicker Colt David and defensive end Tremaine Johnson, are all expected to sign free agent contracts in the coming days.

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