Over the years,LSU has cranked out an array of standout players. Last year, during Week One of the NFL season, LSU led all colleges with a league-high 40 players on active rosters. There is one particular area these players seem to come from: the defensive backfield. Since 1966, the start of the Super Bowl era, 42 LSU defensive backs have been chosen in the NFL draft. Here’s a look at some of the backfield players who have come straight out of Death Valley and made it to the next level.
#21 Patrick Peterson
Cornerback for the Arizona Cardinals
About to venture into his sixth year in the league, Peterson has proven to be a star for the Cardinals. A perpetual All-American, he established himself as the top cornerback in college football in 2010, winning the Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back.
#35 Eric Reid
Free safety for the San Francisco 49ers
In his three years in the NFL, Reid has been a consistent producer for his team. The Baton Rouge native was an All-SEC, All-American talent for the Tigers.
#24 Morris Claiborne
Cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys
As a Tiger, the highly touted cornerback was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Now, he’s making noise for the Cowboys.
#32 Tyrann Mathieu
Free safety for the Arizona Cardinals
Since playing for the Cardinals, Mathieu has been just as valuable to the NFL team as he was for the Tigers. A Heisman finalist, Mathieu will always be remembered as the “Honey Badger,” his nickname for being as relentless as the animal itself—and that honey-colored hair.
#40 Delvin Breaux
Cornerback for the New Orleans Saints
After suffering a broken neck in high school and not being cleared to play at LSU, Breaux has risen to become a huge asset for the Saints.
Other former Tigers DBs to watch in the NFL:
Jalen Collins Ron Brooks Ronald Martin Tharold Simon