LSU Football 2014 NFL Draft Profiles: Jarvis Landry

Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The other half of LSU's dominant receiving duo.

Jarvis Landry

Position: Receiver
Combine Height/Weight: 5-11, 205 pounds
LSU Listed Height/Weight: 6-1, 195
Hand Size: 10 1/4 inches
Arm Length: 31 3/4 inches
40-Yard Dash Time: 4.77, 4.51 at pro day
Bench-Press Reps (of 225 pounds): 12
Vertical Jump: 28.5 inches, 30.5 at pro day
Short/Long Shuttle: 4.55/12.14
3-Cone Drill: 7.41
Broad Jump: 110 inches, 113 at pro day

Strengths

Gifted natural receiver...stocky and well-built but with long arms and big hands...natural hand-catcher, gets his hands together and takes the ball in away from his body...tremendous concentration, will take the hit and hold on to the ball...physical, will box out well in tight coverage and rarely lose the ball in traffic...punishes defenders as a blocker...outstanding route-runner, his quick feet move quickly on cuts and flexibility allows his hips to drop and change direction without slowing down much...strong and uses his hands well to beat the jam...very intelligent player that understands coverages and how to match a route concept to the defense...game measurable consistently outperform his workout ones...a true football junkie, dedicated to his craft and respected by his teammates.

Weaknesses

Not an elite athlete...lacks the top-end speed of most NFL receivers, and not tremendously explosive...undersized by possession receiver standards...could struggle to separate versus top-end, fast cornerbacks.

Verdict

Jarvis Landry is the most natural receiver in this class, and should have the most seamless transition to the pro ranks. He runs polished routes and will catch almost any pass thrown his way in any position. That said, his speed limitations will likely make him a specialty player. But similar to a Wes Welker, Hines Ward or Lance Moore, Landry would be an asset to any pro team; both on special teams or as a slot receiver. He may never be a big play artist, but he'll be an outstanding complimentary target, keeping drives alive on third down and finding space in the end zone. Landry would be a perfect fit for a team like the Saints, Packers, Bears, Broncos, Chargers or Patriots that could use a reliable chain-mover. He may not have the flash of some of the other receivers slated to go in the first round, and he won't go until at least the 20s, but there's no way Landry makes it out of the second round.





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