Jarvis Landry NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report for Miami Dolphins WR

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) catches a pass during pregame drills before playing Mississippi in their NCAA college football game at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Mississippi won 27-24. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU (Height: 5'11.5", Weight: 205 lbs)

Miami Dolphins (Dolphins trade 57th pick to 49ers for 63rd and 171st picks)

Second Round: 63rd Pick

NFL Comparison: Michael Crabtree, WR, San Francisco 49ers 

Combine Weigh-In
HeightWeightArmsHands
5'11.5"205 lbs31.75"10.25"
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Combine Workout
40-Yard DashBench PressVerticalBroad Jump3-Cone DrillShuttle
4.771228.5"9'2"DNPDNP
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Positives

  • Adequate height with a decent overall build. 
  • Excels on underneath routes. 
  • Ran a lot of short in-and-out routes at LSU and has the hands to handle quick throws in tight spaces from that distance. 
  • Has the tools to be an ideal possession receiver in the slot. 
  • A tough runner who will fight for extra yardage. 
  • A strong route-runner, who has a good feel for timing and depth of his routes. 
  • Became a safety net for Zach Mettenberger. 
  • Ideal hands for a slot receiver. 
  • He catches the ball away from his body and quickly secures the football before turning upfield.
  • Shows great awareness on the field, adjusting to find the soft spots underneath zone coverage, which helped him become a reliable checkdown option at LSU. 
  • Extremely productive despite never really being the focal point of LSU's passing attack. 
  • Led team in receptions as a sophomore despite starting just one game. 
  • A willing blocker who looks to deliver big hits to unsuspecting defensive backs and linebackers. 

 

Negatives

  • Ran poorly but reportedly suffered a hamstring injury while running the 40-yard dash, per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Ravens (h/t NOLA.com). 
  • Route running is consistent, but he lacks the quickness and fluidity in his movements to shake free from most defensive backs; struggles to get separation. 
  • With limited agility and modest straight-line speed, he'll struggle to get over the top of defenses at the next level. 
  • He can be shut down by press coverage due to his limited size and lack of agility and footwork to shake free from defenders in tight spaces. 
  • Has the speed to break off some big plays when given a lane to run, but he isn't a threat to make guys miss and create something out of nothing after the catch. 
  • Inconsistent use of his body to shield defensive backs on contested targets. 
  • He doesn't have a big frame, but he could still improve his technique to improve his ability to come down with catches in traffic. 
Collegiate Statistics
YearSchoolRecYardsYds/RecTD
2011LSU44310.80
2012LSU5657310.25
2013LSU77119315.510
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Personal Notes
  • 2013 All SEC second-team selection. 
  • His brother Gerard played receiver at Southern University. 
  • Related to former LSU defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey. 
  • Was a 5-star recruit and fourth-ranked wide receiver by Rivals.com

 

Ratings Chart

 

Overall

Landry is ideal for the role of a possession receiver in the slot. He has the tools to excel on shorter routes and as a checkdown option for the quarterback. While his upside is fairly limited, he is already polished as a route-runner and displays the hands necessary to make an immediate impact if he lands in the right situation.  

 

Draft Projection: Second or third round.

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