Stevan Ridley’s alma mater had its pro day on Friday. And Ridley, along with New England Patriots running backs coach Ivan Fears, were in attendance for it, according to Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate.
Fears, who has been working with New England’s rushers since 2002, worked with Ridley for the last four years after the LSU product became a Patriots third-round pick in 2011.
Perhaps he will not be the last one to become one. The Tigers’ 2015 pool of draft prospects includes an additional two rushers who could be of interest to New England.
The first of which is the 5-foot-8, 213-pound Terrence Magee. Projected as a day-three pick, Magee amassed 1,197 rushing yards, 220 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns over LSU’s last two seasons. The small yet steady rotational back was invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in February, where he did not run the 40-yard dash but posted 22 reps on the bench, a 37-inch vertical, a 115-inch broad, a 4.37-second short-shuttle and a 7.52 three-cone drill.
The second of which is the 6-foot, 226-pound Kenny Hilliard, a potential late-round power back who collected 1,157 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns on 302 carries for the Tigers since his freshman season in 2011. Hilliard had a formal interview with the Patriots in Indianapolis last month, where he notched a 27-inch vertical, a 111-inch broad, a 4.83 40-time, a 4.40 20-yard shuttle and a 7.17 three-cone.
Among LSU’s notables at other positions, offensive tackle La’el Collins, edge-rusher Danielle Hunter and cornerback Jalen Collins are seen as the school’s top prospects in this spring’s draft. Outside linebacker Kwon Alexander is also seen as possible a mid-round selection.