Watkins, Evans, and Lee have been considered the top prospects wide receiver prospects for months. However, there is a significant chance that they will all be off the board when we pick, or there will be a better prospect available at a different position. If we decide to pass on a 1st round receiver, the player we need to look at in the 2nd or 3rd round is Jarvis Landry.
Jarvis Landry was one of the most productive wide receiver in the SEC. He placed 3rd in reception yards, trailing on Mike Evans and Jordan Matthews with 1193. He was also tied for 3rd in the SEC in receiving touchdowns with 10. He averaged a very respectable 15.5 yards per receptions.
Landry is a great athlete. He has decent size at 6-1 195, although he could stand to put on a few pounds. He is projected to run in the low 4.5’s, although it wouldn’t surprise me to see him run faster at the combine. He also has good jumping ability, and can come down with tough catches even when covered.
There is one thing that sets Landry apart from just about every other receiver in the draft. He has incredible hands and rarely uses his body to make catches. Because of this, he rarely drops easy passes, and often comes down with remarkable catches such as this one here, which might be the best catch in college football this season. Landry is also very tough, and not afraid to go over the middle. He only has average YAC ability, but will be a threat on short, intermediate, and long passes.
Landry is also one of the best route runners in the draft. LSU runs as much of a pro style offense as any team in college football. Landry runs a full route tree, which will make his transition to the NFL much easier than it is for most wide receiver prospects. He has the athleticism, strength/size, reliable hands, and polished route running to make an immediate impact. We won’t know what round he is likely to go in until after the combine. But I would love for Landry to be one of our starting wide receivers next season. I believe he might be the safest WR pick in the draft outside of Watkins.