Scouting The 2014 NFL Draft: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

Chris Graythen

We continue to look through some of the prospects that will be available in the 2014 NFL draft in relation to the Jets.

Introduction

Landry is a really interesting prospect. When he arrived in Indianapolis for the 2014 NFL combine, he had a first/second round grade on him. Unfortunately he went on to record the slowest 40 time of any receiver at the combine and some have speculated, that makes him a 3rd round prospect at best. However personally I don't agree, he was never considered a burner, he was a physical possession receiver. He plays faster and he hasn't had problems getting open in college. He uses his physical ability and awareness to find the gaps.

Jarvis was rated as a 5 star recruit coming out of Metairie, LA and the number one receiving recruit in the country. After being offered a boat-load of scholarship offers he chose to play his football at LSU. He completed a highly successful career at one of the premier football colleges in America, and will now look to take his talent to the next level in the NFL.

Mesurables

Height: 6'0

Weight: 205lb's

Class: Junior

Arms: 31 3'4

Hands: 10 1/4"

40 yards: 4.77

Bench: 12

Vertical: 28'5

Broad: 110"

Statistics

Year Receptions Yards Average Long Touchdowns
2013 77 1193 15.5 45 10
2012 56 573 10.2 33 5
2011 4 43 10.8 20 0

Positives

  • Very intelligent route runner, using good awareness and savvy to get open.
  • Physical blocker who loves to get his hands on corners.
  • Excellent body control and balance in routes.
  • Gets in and out of breaks quickly without losing any speed.
  • Excellent pass catcher, snatches the ball away from his body.
  • Goes up and gets a lot of 50-50 balls, very physical in contested contests.
  • Not afraid to go over the middle and make the catches that will get him hit.
  • Makes some very difficult catches look routine.
  • Always manages to find the soft spot in zone coverage.
  • Comes from a pro-style offence and is already familiar with the NFL route-tree.
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination, reliable hands.
  • Can't emphasise enough how physical this receiver is.
Negatives

  • Doesn't have elite speed and won't run past many corners.
  • Doesn't possess great open field moves after the catch.
  • Doesn't have great acceleration off the line.
Conclusion

A lot of people will look at Landry and not be impressed, he's not running past people and he's not making attractive cuts in the open field. However he is a very reliable receiver who gets open and makes plays, just look at the average in college. When I watch him, I sometimes think about Boldin. Never the fastest guy on the field but he just finds a way to get open. That's how I see Landry, he'll get his catches at the next level and his physical style of play will really endear him to whichever fanbase lands him.

Would I draft him for the Jets?

Absolutely. With no hesitation in the second round. I know we all want play-makers, but I don't think we'll just take one receiver in this draft. I'd take him early and compliment him with a speed guy with up-side. He's reliable and that's the kind of player that Geno needs. Completed passes builds confidence and Geno seems like he runs on confidence. Pairing him with Kerley, Decker and another drafted guy. I'd sign up for that.
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