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LSU Draft Prospect Trai Turner Discusses Career and Pre-Draft Process

April 13, 2014 • John Ulecka • Front Page, Interviews, NCAA, NFL Draft

Trai Turner, LSU Guard
Redshirt sophomore
6’3″/310 pounds
2013 All-SEC 2nd Team
Louisiana State University’s 20-year old guard Trai Turner made the decision to enter the NFL Draft as an underclassmen and, according to our latest Mock Draft, he’s projected to be selected by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round (126th overall).
The powerful and athletic guard impressed at the Combine in February and at his Pro Day. The 310-pound New Orleans native ran the third-fastest 40-yard dash (4.93) among offensive lineman at the Combine and put up 25 reps on the bench press. He has an impressive combination of size, power and speed, and is a versatile interior lineman.
As a redshirt sophomore this past season, Turner started all 13 of LSU’s games at right guard and made seven starts at that position in 2012. Over his short collegiate career, Turner started 20 games (played in 25) for the Tigers, but he appears ready to take the next step in his football career.
Turner took the time to speak briefly with us about his college career at LSU and to discuss the pre-draft process:
All-Out Blitz: How have you approached the pre draft process?
Trai Turner: “I approach this process as a time for me to show each team the guy under the helmet and show what I have to offer on and off the field.”
AOB: What impacted your decision to leave LSU early?
Turner: “Simple. I felt I was ready. I prayed on it and went ahead with my decision.”
AOB: Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
Turner: “My mother has been my biggest influence. When a women works hard everyday to provide for you then I owe it to her then to myself to work even harder.”
AOB: What is your biggest football accomplishment?
Turner: “My biggest football accomplishment would have to be earning a scholarship to play for the LSU Tigers.”
AOB: Playing at LSU is an accomplishment in itself, what is your most memorable moment?
Turner: “My most memorable moment was the Florida game at Florida in 2012, I played significantly and even that was sort of my coming out party. Though we lost the game, that started my career.”
AOB: What separates your from other interior lineman in this years class?
Turner: “I’m nasty and powerful on each and every play, but I also possess the athletic ability and finesse to get to the second level and block linebackers and also defensive backs.”
AOB: What do you bring to the NFL team that selects you?
Turner: “I bring an offensive lineman who has power and athletic ability, while also having versatility to play all three interior positions.”
Photo: Bill Feig

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