Lloyd Cushenberry III was the leader of LSU’s dominant offensive line. LSU gives the number 18 to their most selfless leader, one who played like a Tiger. The NCAA has number restrictions for offensive linemen, but he was given a number 18 patch to wear on his jersey. He’s the first offensive lineman to receive this honor, which embodies his leadership qualities.
The LSU offensive line assisted Joe Burrow in putting up arguably the greatest NCAA season ever. Burrow has heaped endless amounts of praise upon the unit that kept him upright, and he credits them for accepting the challenge of rebounding from a disappointing 2018 season. LSU’s offensive line wasn’t just praised by their quarterback, however. Last year they received the Joe Moore Award, which is an honor bestowed upon the best offensive line in college football.
Cushenberry carries a prospect grade of 6.32. A 6.32 is described as a player who should be a year one or year two starter. Obviously the Bears would need him to come in and be a day one starter, and there is no doubt he would be able to just that. He can play any interior line position, but he is mainly looked at as a center. Cushenberry might only be 6-foot-3, but he has freakishly long arms and moves well. He ran a 5.27 40-yard dash at 312 lbs.
Cushenberry is ranked number one on Bucky Brooks’ top five at each position list, and he’s ranked as a top 50 prospect on most draft boards. Interior offensive line is usually devalued in the draft, which is why first-round prospects like Cody Whitehair and James Daniels fell to the Bears in the second round. If Cushenberry falls to the 43rd overall pick, Ryan Pace would have to consider him.