Jackson is the best of them, he's probably a third round pick. Highsmith was killed by his terrible 40-yard dash time of 4.96, which is slower than some offensive linemen. He's probably a 4th or 5th round pick. Steltz is in that range as well - great instincts, iffy speed. Zenon is slightly below him, probably a 6th round pick. Just my opinions..
I don't think Steltz will amount to much in the NFL. If he's luck, he might wind up on a practice squad..so, I'm saying UDFA at best!
I see a team taking a chance on Zenon, but don't think he'll amount to much either
Jackson, I can see being drafted and has the capabilities to make a nice #2 or nickel back on a team within two years, but don't think he'll be drafted any higher than the fourth round
Highsmith is a big question mark. He looked great at LSU and even though his combine time was horrible, I think he will make a roster and become a ST demon and might work his way into the rotation as a backup for the LB spot. I have to be honest in that I hope he goes undrafted and the Saints give him a shot. His combine really killed him, but I do think he has what it takes to make an NFL roster.
I think these guys individually were good, but not exactly NFL caliber. What made these guys so great is that they played in a well coached defense and leveraged one another to become a great D. I just don't see them standing out as a great player and will need serious talent around them to excel at the next level.
I realize you're new, so I'll cut you some slack, but your thread title says "What do you guys think?" Why wouldn't I read it?
If it had said "Ultra-homeristic LSU draft thread who concentrates only on drafting players because of where they went to school despite poor combine performances", (which would have been a more appropriate title), I probably would have just moved on to the next thread without bothering to read it.