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After trading down twice in the 2nd round to obtain additional picks, the Dolphins take LSU WR Jarvis Landry.  The 6'0, 205 lbs Landry is a very good route runner that does not lose speed out of his cuts and is good after the catch.  He is a hands catcher and has very good hands, and is as tough as any wide receiver that is coming out in this draft.  Also very good downfield in the run game as a blocker.  The knock on Landry is he is not a speed receiver and ran a very poor time at the NFL Combine.  That said, he is a very complete player.  Think a smaller version of Anquan Boldin.



Jarvis Landry Highlights


Jarvis Landry, WR
School: LSU | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior
Hometown: Convent, LA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 205 lbs.



Landry is a better football player than athlete. He lacks an ideal speed and quickness combo but is a fearless working the middle of the field and has a great feel for the position. He plays with great effort and has one of the better sets of hands in this class. Landry does the little things right and compares to former Steelers WR Hines Ward.

The Dolphins are set on the outside with Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline. By drafting Landry, they now provide QB Ryan Tannehill with a reliable slot receiver who has the toughness and natural feel to thrive in the middle of the field. Landry is also an underrated run-blocker who gives great effort sustaining blocks, which should help the run game grow in Miami.


Production 2
2011: (14/1)- 4-43-10.1-0 2012: (13/1)- 56-573-10.2-52013: (13/10)- 77-1,193-15.5-10

Height-Weight-Speed 4
Slightly below average height and arm length (31 3/4'). Adequate bulk and possesses big hands (10 1/4'). Below average speed and explosiveness combination. Clocked in a 4.77 40 yard dash at combine but pulled up with a hamstring injury. Improved time at pro day to 4.65 but still below average. Did not jump well during testing VJ (30 ½') and BJ (9'5') which are both below average.

Durability 2
Played in all 40 games (12 starts) during his three seasons at LSU. Is tough and has proven to be a durable athlete. Suffered stress fracture in foot prior to 2012 fall camp, but did not miss any games.

Intangibles 1
Emerged as a team leader. Named team captain. From a small town in Louisiana. No off the field issues. Mother is Dietra Landry. Has one brother, Gerard, who played football at Southern University.

1 = ExceptionaL | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal


Separation Skills 2
Good experience in pro-style route tree with wide variety of routes. Doesn't have elite top-end speed or huge frame but uses quickness and savvy to consistently separate from tight man coverage, and excels at finding soft spots in zone coverage. Does a great job of using hands to subtly gain separation from defender when ball is in air. Shows graduate level route running skills, especially using quick hands to get of press and the stemming of his routes.

Ball Skills 1
Excellent focus and natural hand-eye coordination. Has very good body control to adjust. Comes down with more than his share of 50-50 balls. Excellent job competing for ball in traffic and strong hands to secure. Makes tough catches over his head look easy.

Big play ability 4
Has slightly above average height and adequate top-end speed. Not an explosive vertical threat or a make-you-miss runner after catch. Will take jump balls away from defenders vertically. Will spring long runs with his downfield blocking.

Competitiveness 1
One of the tougher WRs in the 2014 class. No fear over the middle. Will take big shot and hold onto ball. Physical, competitive and effective blocker. Competes hard. Love the way this guy plays the game.

1 = Exceptional | 2 = Above average | 3 = Average | 4 = Below average | 5 = Marginal




Solidly-built frame with above average toughness and body strength. Good build-up speed with smooth quickness and body control. Strong cuts and controlled momentum down the field - very good catch-and-go receiver. Good depth and lean in his routes and won't slow down in his breaks - good patience and plays off defenders to create some room to work.

Above average hands-catcher with quick reflexes and ball skills to pluck fastballs away from his body. Strong hands and very good in contested situations - uses his body and arms to out-muscle defenders. Excellent hand-eye coordination. Nice job catching the ball in stride with a little wiggle after the catch - deceiving moves, balance and toughness and not an easy guy to tackle. Fearless and resilient pass-catcher over the middle and in traffic - very determined.

Always looking for someone to block. Led LSU in catches and receiving scores the past two seasons. Good special teams coverage experience.

Good size and speed, but limited in both areas. Only average height and length for the position. Takes a few moments to get up to his top-end speed and can be slowed in his routes by physical defenders - will struggle at times vs. press. Not naturally explosive and takes a few moments to gear down - doesn't show the burst to consistently separate with his quickness.

Will get his feet tied up at times in his patterns and has room to tighten his footwork. Strong hands, but he'll have his share of focus drops.

COMPARES TO: Eric Decker, Denver Broncos - Landry is more reliable with his hands and isn't quite as tall, but he projects similar to Decker with their movements, body control and toughness after the catch.

--Dane Brugler


Landry was ranked as the No. 1 receiver in the nation by MaxPreps.com and No. 4 by Rivals.com and Scout.com coming out of Metairie, La. A five-star recruit, he played in 14 games with one start as a freshman.

He played in 13 games with one more start in 2012, leading the Tigers in receptions (56) and touchdown catches (5) and finishing second with 573 receiving yards. Landry also played significantly on special teams, recording nine tackles and returning four kickoffs for 76 yards and one punt for seven yards.

Landry led LSU with a career-high 77 catches for 1,193 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior, but didn't figure as heavily into the special teams action, returning only one punt for no gain.

Landry is a smooth athlete capable of making dazzling catches, but inconsistently has prevented him from warranting first-round consideration. Landry was particularly adept at getting open on underneath routes for LSU, quickly uncovering at the line of scrimmage while attacking soft zones in coverage before showing his numbers to the quarterback.

He is tough and brave in tight coverage and routinely shows the ability to win in contested situations. While teammate Odell Beckham is probably more of a home-run threat, Landry is the better pro prospect because of his large, reliable hands and natural build and athleticism to do something with the catch.





Cousin of 49ers defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, who starred at LSU (2004-07). Highly sought after recruit out of Louisiana. Suffered a stress fracture in his foot in the summer of 2011. As a true freshman in the fall, saw limited action in 14 games (one start) and scratched four receptions for 43 yards (10.8) and zero touchdowns. Added 11 tackles on special teams. Played all 13 games in '12 (one start), producing 56-573-5 (10.2) with nine special-teams tackles. Was the Tigers' leading receiver in '13 -- started 10-of-13 games and racked up 77-1,193-10 (15.5). Was bothered by a foot injury in October. Strained his right hamstring running the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine and ran only one route in drills. Team captain.


Good balance and body control. Savvy route runner -- uses stems and nods and works back to throws. Confident hands-catcher -- snatches throws off his frame. Extends and high points. Attacks throws and wins "50-50" balls. Makes some spectacular, acrobatic grabs. Good concentration and toughness over the middle. Does not go down without a fight after the catch. Willing blocker. Lined up outside and inside. Likes to compete and it shows. Has special-teams experience covering kicks. Team captain.

Has a fairly lean frame -- could stand to bulk up and get stronger in order to combat the jam. Lacks elite explosiveness and top-end speed -- does not have an extra gear to take the top off. Average line release, acceleration and suddenness. Could struggle to separate vs. quick-twitch cornerbacks. Large percentage of catches are contested. Lacks ideal height and is not a great leaper. Started just 12 career games.
Draft Projection

Rounds 2-3

Polished, quarterback-friendly, sure-handed possession receiver with a flare for the highlight-reel catch. Could be an effective No. 3 option, capable of lining up as a "Z" or slot, working short-to-intermediate and beating zone coverage.

-Nolan Nawrocki




ESPN’s Mel Kiper:
“Huge hands. He’s the hardest worker on that football team. He’ll be a slot receiver."
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock
“I had 10 favorite players in the NFL Draft. This is one of them. When you put the tape to watch [LSU first-round receiver] Odell Beckham play you can’t tell which one is Beckham [and which is Landry]. Landry ran a 4.7, and it dropped him down a little bit. I love the opportunity he’s going to have in Miami. He’s the toughest wide receiver – physically toughest wide receiver in this draft.” (link)
ESPN’s Todd McShay:
“He is pound for pound the toughest, most physical skill player in this draft. He’s not that big. He doesn’t run very fast. But he belongs in the first two rounds because he has the best ball skills. He catches everything. He will run down and cover kicks. He will knock linebackers out on crack backs. I love this pick. He isn't an explosive vertical or run-after-catch threat, but he is a tough, physical competitor who does all the little things right. Landry uses quickness and savvy to separate from coverage.” (link)
ESPN’s Trent Dilfer :
Compared him with Anquan Boldin, but without the size. (link)
NFLDraftScout.com’s Frank Cooney:
“Along with Clemson's Sammy Watkins, was only other high school five-star receiver in this draft, so his talents have been known for a while. Arrives in draft with ample experience running pro-style routes. He is probably a more reliable go-to receiver than higher ranked teammate Odell Beckham, although the latter is more of a home-run threat. He is faster than his unfair 40-yard time of 4.77 at combine, where he ran with bad hamstring. He is more of a 4.60. Former prep basketball star with huge, strong hands and a tough-guy attitude that should make him a great target in a West Coast offense, and pretty effective in any scheme.”
Draftinsider.net’s Tony Pauline

Positives? “Consistent receiver best running underneath routes. Displays quickness, sells routes, and separates from opponents exiting breaks. Resilient, works to make plays, and shows tremendous eye-hand coordination. Comes back to the ball to make himself an available target, effective when he extends and catches away from his frame. Makes the difficult catch in the middle of the crowd. Easily makes receptions running down field at full speed and effortlessly adjusts backwards to snatch the ball from the air. Despite his 40-time displays a burst, which he switches on in a single step.”

Negatives? "Possesses average size-speed numbers. Lacks top-end speed and the second gear. Started just one year on a full-time basis at LSU."

Bottom line: “Landry's not a prospect who passes the eyeball test rather a receiver who does the little things well and plays with consistent fundamentals. He has physical limitations but is a savvy route runner who would do very well in a timing offense.” (link)

NFL Network's Matt Millen:
“He’s not a speed guy. But this guy will change the attitude of your team. He’ll challenge anybody who doesn’t work. I saw him do that at LSU. He’s a guy who demands you practice the way you play and that you play hard. This is a tough, tough sucker. I love this guy. And it’s rare to get that out of a receiver. Anquan Boldin has that same attitude. I remember when him coming out and he was a little banged up. But you knew he had it in him. Same thing with Andre Johnson. I think this guy is going to play for 10 years and just depend on.”(link)
CBS Sports Pete Prisco:
I guess if you like 4.7 receivers this works. I don't like it. He's reliable, but is that worth a second-round pick? There were better options." Grade C- (link)



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