Lonergan’s moniker stands for "Patrick, Junior," and is especially meaningful in the LSU football program because he’s the second Patrick Lonergan to play on the offensive line for the Bayou Bengals -– his father, Patrick, lettered for the Tigers in 1978 as did his uncle. The younger Patrick has now built his own legacy in Baton Rouge.
The all-state pick from football powerhouse Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans redshirted his first season on campus. Lonergan was the team’s back-up center most of the 2009 season, starting against Louisiana Tech for the injured T-Bob Hebert (the son of former NFL quarterback Bobby Hebert) but took over the starting job during the practices leading up to the team’s win over Penn State in the Capital One Bowl. Lonergan started all 13 games at center as a sophomore, leading the team in knockdown blocks and snaps plays. He carried over that success into his junior season, starting 11 games, but missed two contests and coming in late to help the Tigers beat Alabama in the highly-anticipated regular season match-up with a high ankle sprain. Longergan started 12 games in his final season.
Strong, intelligent pivot man with good length and the tenacity you want at the position. Sustains through the whistle with multiple punches and churning feet, does not back down from any challenge. Flashes the feet to re-direct tackles crossing his face. Handles reach blocks adeptly after the snap. Gives good help to either guard, good extension into his punches to knock tackles off their route. Keeps feet moving in short-yardage situations to get movement. Willing to play hurt when possible.
Plays with a high pad level. Weight appears to be more in the midsection. Overextends occasionally in pass pro and trying to reach run targets. Anchors well in pass pro but gives up leverage to shorter, powerful tackles, might get pushed back and pulled down when leaning into NFL veterans. Not powerful as a drive blocker, defenders can slip off his advance to penetrate. Not coordinated on the move. Frequently finds himself on the ground.
The leader of the Tigers’ front line has been a fixture in the middle since winning the job before the team’s Capital Bowl win over Penn State his redshirt freshman season. His father, Patrick Sr., was also an offensive lineman at LSU.
Future Hall of Famer
A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.