If LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter was seeking his advice, Todd McShay, ESPN’s draft analyst, would tell him to stay in school, McShay said Tuesday
Hunter’s decision – to stay or go – made headlines throughout the day Monday. It’s still unclear what the junior plans to do, but McShay has some words of advice.
“He’s a player who has a lot of talent, but I also think he’s not ready,” McShay said. “If he was asking my advice, I’d tell him he needs to go back to school and continue to develop. I know he’s freakish, great in the weight room. I see flashes of it. I never thought this year that he developed.”
McShay says Hunter needs to work on game-planning and using his hands better.
“Those are things he can work on and improve,” McShay said. “Even though he’s really productive, I think he can get better. He can put himself in better position when he does enter the league.”
Cornerback Jalen Collins and linebacker Kwon Alexander are the only two LSU underclassmen who have announced any kind of decision – both players are bypassing their senior years for the NFL draft.
The deadline for players to decide is Jan. 15.
McShay said Collins, Alexander and Hunter are guys he expects to fall in the second to third-round range. Collins and Alexander became the 18th and 19th players to leave LSU early for the draft over the previous three seasons.
Said McShay: “Unless you’re a first round pick it’s always in my opinion a good idea to go back and continue to develop. Every situation is different.”
Of the 17 in 2012 and 2013, three were picked in the first round.
McShay called Collins “talented but inconsistent” and said he had a “much” better year than last season. He called Alexander’s season good and said the junior developed into the team’s leader defensively.
“Alexander had a good year as well. I had LSU early in the season against Wisconsin. He became more instinctive. He kind of became one of the leaders on the defense,” McShay said. “He was diagnosing plays quicker than he had previously. He’s around the ball a lot. Led the team in tackles. He’s got some athleticism. I can’t say it’s a bad idea for him to leave.”