It was a long, long wait, but LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle was finally drafted at the end of the second round Friday by the New York Giants.
Randle was projected to go late first or early second, but he gets a big consolation prize by getting to play for the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Tiger safety Brandon Taylor went 10 picks later, 73rd overall, in the third round to the San Diego Chargers.
Randle and Taylor make it four Tigers drafted so far. Cornerback Morris Claiborne went Thursday with the sixth pick of the first round to the Dallas Cowboys, while defensive tackle Michael Brockers went with the 14th overall pick to the St. Louis Rams.
Despite going lower than many projections, Randle is LSU’s highest-drafted receiver since Dwayne Bowe and Craig “Buster” Davis went in the first round in 2007.
The Tigers have had at least one wide receiver selected in six of seven drafts since 2006 and eight overall.
Taylor is the first LSU safety drafted since Chad Jones went in the third round (76th overall) to the Giants. He’s the eighth Tiger defensive back drafted since 2007.
The third round will wrap up Friday’s portion of the draft. Rounds 4-7 will be held starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.
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