Projected Draft Position: 2nd
Jarvis Landry came to LSU in 2011 as a five-star recruit and the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver, according to MaxPreps. After a limited freshman season in which he caught just four balls in 14 games, Landry turned in a productive sophomore campaign in 2012, hauling in 56 catches for 573 yards and five touchdowns. Last season, as a junior, Landry became a household name on his way to 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 scores, ranking second in the SEC in receptions, No. 3 in receiving yards and tied for third in receiving touchdowns.
+ Good speed, nice top-end once he picks up steam
+ Great body control
+ Extremely tough for a wide receiver
+ Smooth off the line
- Limited length
- Not ideal height/strength
- Doesn’t bother me personally, but lacks elite acceleration
+ Can run the full tree
+ Retains speed and quickness in and out of breaks
+ Fearless across the middle
+ Effective sells at the top of his routes
+ Good field awareness and game IQ – feels his spot throughout his route
+ Great vision during his route, can find space and read defenders
+ Gritty receiver type
- Can he consistently beat press coverage?
- Seems to smooth off the LOS – would like to see better explosiveness
+ Natural pass catcher with sticky hands
+ Can pluck the ball out of the air and catch away from his body
+ Great concentration to bring in the catch
+ Great at catching the ball in traffic
+ Has the ability to turn misplaced passes into highlight reel catches
+ Despite limited length, possesses an impressive catch radius
+ Great field awareness – seems to have his move stored and ready to execute
+ Not the quickest athlete, but still elusive
+ Has an effective spin move on screens, displaying good body control and agility
+ Hard to catch at top-end speed
+ Game discipline helps in all facets, including his run after catch
+ Doesn’t pack top strength, but very tough, not making him an easy tackle
+ Can surprise you with juke moves to extend YAC
- Lacks elite acceleration, which can diminish how effective he could be after catch
+ Willing and effective blocker
+ Tough as nails, appears to play with passion and a humongous chip
+ Doesn’t shy away from the moment, rather embraces it
+ Pesky and annoying for the defense (blocking, trash talking, producing, etc)
+ Very similar to Pierre Garcon in terms of grittiness and effort
Working alongside Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry helped to form one of the best receiver tandems in the nation. While OBJ has the speed and smoothness, Landry is the tough, gritty receiver with deceiving playmaking ability and the attitude and effort that makes him a nightmare for opposing defenses.
Although Landry doesn’t possess the freakish physical tools of, say, a Kelvin Benjamin, he’s still an outstanding wide receiver with natural pass catching ability who makes the very most of what he has.
Not to mention, his game intelligence, awareness and fearlessness make him a unique commodity in this draft. He’s going to make some team extremely happy.
Here we take a look at Landry during crunch time, as the Tigers trail the Arkansas Razorbacks by six late in the fourth quarter.
Landry is in the slot, prepared to run a deep post pattern against deep safeties.
As one of only two deep routes on the play, both safeties pick up Landry as he makes his post move toward the left sideline. At this point, the ball is in the air — a pass with a little bit of prayer, tossed into double coverage.
The underneath safety has good position on a pass that falls a bit short, given Landry’s route. But even so, while completely in mid-air, Landry makes a spectacular one-handed catch, snatching it from the defender and somehow retaining possession as his body slams against the turf.
This was a critical play in the Tigers’ comeback victory over Arkansas. As Landry gets up and shows his passion following what he knows was an insane catch, the face of some unknown Arkansas player on the sideline says it all.