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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.

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS **

WHAT HE BRINGS
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.

HOW HE FITS
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.

OVERALL FOOTBALL TRAITS

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

WIDE RECEIVER SPECIFIC TRAITS

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

 
NFL DRAFT SCOUT

NFL DRAFT SCOUT DRAFT ANALYSIS **

STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES

STRENGTHS:
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.

WEAKNESSES:
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

PLAYER OVERVIEW

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.

 

 

NFL.COM ANALYSIS **

OVERVIEW

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.


ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
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.

WEAKNESSES
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

DRAFT PROJECTION
Rounds 2-3

BOTTOM LINE
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

 

 

"EXPERT" OPINION

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)

 

 

The Miami Dolphins selected Tennessee OT Ju'Wuan James with their 1st pick, #19.  James shows the ability to slide to protect the edge against a variety of edge rushers he faced.  Plays with his knees bent, butt down, which is good for a kid that is 6'6.  Strong at the point of attack and can get to the 2nd level and anchor against the bull rush.  Pad level is the main concern for a kid of his height.  James stock had been on the rise and was considered a late 1st, early 2nd round pick.  Miami obviously liked him more than the remaining offensive tackles on the board, and he will be given every chance to come in and be the Day 1 starter at ORT.

 

There was a good bit of buzz about Miami possibly trying to move down in this draft, but that did not happen as it is apparent that the Dolphins did not get any trade offers that they were happy with.

 

 

Ju'Wuan James Highlights

 

Ju'Wuan James, OT
School: Tennessee | Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior
Hometown: Suwanee, GA
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 311 lbs.

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS

ESPN INSIDER ANALYSIS **

WHAT HE BRINGS
James is a reach at this point in the draft, as he slips off run blocks, his footwork is inconsistent in pass pro and he doesn't have the killer instinct teams covet in offensive linemen. There's a lot to like about his upside, though. A four-year starter at Tennessee, he has the lateral quickness and balance to develop into an excellent zone run-blocker. He also has the length (35 inches) and athletic ability to hold up on an island in pass pro when he sinks his hips and keeps moving his feet.

HOW HE FITS
James might be a little bit of a reach in the first round, but Miami's offensive line was terrible in 2013, and the team had no choice but to go in this direction after giving up 58 sacks a year ago. We will see more zone-blocking concepts with stretch plays, misdirection with draw plays and screens. These are all things that James can do well. He will likely start at right tackle but could slide inside to guard. Remember that center Mike Pouncey is the only returning starter. James is not a power player, but his feet and athletic ability should fit well in this scheme.

OVERALL FOOTBALL TRAITS

Production 1
2010: (13/13) 2011: (12/12) 2012: (12/12) 2013: (12/12)

Height-Weight-Speed 3
Good height and weight but soft upper body and narrow shoulders. Ideal arm length (35') and adequate hand span (9 7/8'). Moves well on tape but timed speed at Combine was below average (5.34 in the 40).

Durability 2
Started every game of college career. Sprained knee week of Senior Bowl but was healthy enough to participate in all drills at combine (2/27/2014).

Intangibles 2
Son of Nichelle James-Mickens and Burkley James. Enrolled at Tennessee in January of 2010 and participated in spring ball that year. Graduated in December of 2013. Majored in Arts and Sciences.

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

OFFENSIVE TACKLE SPECIFIC TRAITS

Pass Protection 2
Very good natural tools in this area, but needs some refining for next level. Light on feet. Quick enough to take away the edge and has upper-echelon speed rushers (like Auburn's Dee Ford) extremely well. Redirects well and can stay in front of athletic edge rushers. Swinging gate that turns shoulders instead of staying square. Inconsistent hand placement. Lazy feet once engaged. Sets high and gives too much ground to speed to power.

Run Blocking 3
Has lateral quickness to develop into an above average zone blocker and seal the edge. Washes smaller defenders down the line of scrimmage. Flashes an adequate power base but pad level is an issue. Top-heavy and slides off too many blocks. Adequate body control and can cover up linebackers at second level.

Awareness 3
Makes sound pre-snap reads and quickly locates assignments when defense tips its hand with alignment. Doesn't appear to have great natural instincts though. Late picking up some line stunts and blitzes. Adequate at locating second level assignments as a run blocker.

Toughness 3
Flashes killer instinct when catches defenders off balance but inconsistent finisher and not an instigator that regularly blocks through the whistle. More of a positional blocker than a mauler.

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

 
NFL DRAFT SCOUT

NFL DRAFT SCOUT DRAFT ANALYSIS **

STRENGTHS/WEAKNESSES

STRENGTHS:
Surprisingly quick off the snap, showing the ability to slide to protect the edge against the variety of speed rushers he has faced in the SEC. Plays on the balls of his feet but with his knees bent and his butt down, putting him good position to shuffle laterally as well as anchor against a quality bull-rush. Surprisingly light feet also stand out while run-blocking, as does his competitive spirit.

Powerful at the point of attack and can drive defenders off the ball. Not shy about peeling off of them to target would-be tacklers at the second level, as well. A plug and play candidate, James looks like a solid bet to crack the first 100 picks of the 2014 draft.

WEAKNESSES:
Like most blockers with his frame, James occasionally struggles with pad level. When he drops his head, he can be beaten with a swim move over the top. This occurs most often while run blocking.

--Rob Rang

PLAYER OVERVIEW

With a school-record 49 consecutive starts for the Volunteers, James is more fundamentally sound than talented junior left tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson and offers a similar package of size and athleticism.

James' get-it-done attitude is reflected by a career that began as a starter when he arrived in 2010. Forty-nine games, 49 starts and one Bachelor's Degree later (December 2013), he is ready to take his study on the Arts and Sciences to the NFL. But it will be his size, strength and lateral quickness that serve him well at the next level. Seems to make pre-snap reads well but sometimes misses stunts.

James has the mentality and physicality to step in and perform immediately in the NFL. He was impressive at Senior Bowl before spraining knee, but was fine at his April Pro Day.

ANALYSYS

STRENGTHS:
Alert and comfortable at right tackle. Recognizes stunts and line games. Surprising initial quickness, lateral agility and flexibility for his monstrous frame. Powerful and competitive with grit to knock defenders off the ball and continue downfield. Plays to dominate one-on-one battles, letting his hands to the work with good body control. Can slide to protect the edge against the variety of speed rushers faced in the SEC. Technically sound, maintains position to mirror. Surprisingly light feet, natural power and quickness off the ball. Could play guard.

WEAKNESSES:
Because of his massive frame, pad level is a constant battle. Drops his head when run blocking, an easy target for swim moves. Gets over his feet when on the run, "brushing" opponents to maintain course downfield.

 

NFL.COM ANALYSIS **

OVERVIEW

Prepped in Georgia. Enrolled in January 2010 and immediately took ownership of the right tackle position. Started all 49 games of his career (2010-13), setting a school record for career starts by an offensive lineman. Sprained his knee during Senior Bowl practice.


ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Outstanding size, girth and overall body mass. Good hand placement. Can steer and control blockers once he gets his hands on them. Very patient pass protector. Matches up very well vs. size and power (see Alabama). Battle-tested, experienced four-year starter in the SEC. Outstanding personal and football character. Very smart, mature and highly respected.

WEAKNESSES
Raw footwork. Has a lot of heaviness in body and can improve sustain. Lumbers to the second level and struggles to cut off and adjust to moving targets. Does not roll off the ball with power and generate strength or movement in the run game.

DRAFT PROJECTION
Rounds 2-3

BOTTOM LINE
Big, strong, heavy pass protector with good balance, anchor strength and hand use to handle power and speed. Does not affect the run game the same way and almost appears more destined for the left side in the pros. Has instant-starter potential.

-Nolan Nawrocki

 

 

"EXPERT" OPINION

ESPN’s Mel Kiper:
“They forced a need and took a guy who’s a good player. Started all 49 games of his college career at right tackle. I was impressed with the way he played all year. Consistency game to game was excellent. Plays stronger and tougher than his [poor] 22 reps in the bench press” suggest. (link)
NFL Network’s Mike Mayock
rated him 60th on his Big Board but didn’t accuse the Dolphins of reaching: “The more tape I watch, the more I like him. He started off in a lot of peoples’ minds as a third- or fourth-round pick, became a solid second-round consideration. Right tackle, can play right guard [too]. Either way, day one, he will be a starter.”(link)
ESPN’s Todd McShay:
Rated him only the 55th-best prospect in the draft, said he “needs some refining of his technique.”(link)
ESPN’s Jon Gruden:
“This is a dire, desperate situation for Miami. I’m sure they would like to have had one of those frontline tackles. His size and experience will serve him well in Miami.”(link)
NFLDraftScout.com’s Frank Cooney:
“James has the mentality and physicality to step in and perform immediately. He was impressive at the Senior Bowl before spraining his knee, but was fine at his April Pro Day.”(link)
Draftinsider.net’s Tony Pauline
projected him as only a middle round pick because of “limited upside. Lacks fluid footwork in pass protection. Lumbers around the field and is ineffective blocking in motion. Lacks range and falls off blocks.”(link)
NFL.com’s Nolan Nawrocki:
“Outstanding size. Can steer and control blockers. Matches up very well vs. size and power. Very smart, mature and highly respected.” The bad news? “Struggles to cut off and adjust to moving targets. Does not roll off the ball with power and generate strength or movement in the run game.”(link)
An unnamed NFL scout in the NFL Draft 2014 review:
“I thought he was hands-down the best offensive linemen of any in the Southeast. The issue for me is the strength and power he can generate.”(link)
 
ESPN's James Walker:
"I thought Miami reached with this pick to fill a major need at right tackle. The Dolphins were put at a disadvantage when some of their top targets were taken off the board. The Dolphins lost two of their top reported prospects -- offensive lineman Zack Martin and linebacker C.J. Mosley -- to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 16 and Baltimore Ravens at No. 17, respectively. Miami took a second-tier offensive tackle in the first round when trading back for more picks could have been a better option." (link)
CBS Sports Pete Prisco:
"They had to get a tackle, and he's played at a high level in a good league. Good pick." (Grade B) (link)
MMQB Greg Bedard:
"The nearly complete overhaul of the Dolphins’ offensive line, with the drafting of RT Ja’Waun James, is now finished. James isn’t a big name, but he’s got a lot of experience and is a sure-fire upgrade over Miami’s mess at right tackle last season." (link)
KFFL's Corey Bononi:
Fantasy football analysis: "James is penciled in as the starter at right tackle. The Dolphins expect him to combine with free-agent prize left tackle Branden Albert to improve one of the worst lines (58 sacks allowed) in the league from a year ago. This will go a long way in helping QB Ryan Tannehill turn the corner in his third season." (link)
 
Miami Herald's Armando Salguero:
"It's hard to reach when you pick a first-day starter. And that is what this plug-and-play tackle will be. He is Miami's starting right tackle." (link)
Sun Sentinel's Dave Hyde:
Let me start there. The new right tackle actually played right tackle at Tennessee, which means there’s no transition from left tackle. He started 49 games, which shows durability. He was a captain, which shows leadership.

There are some issues if his talent merited the 19th overall pick, but I’m on board with this pick given the Dolphins’ utter desperation to rebuild the offensive line this off-season. There was one of four tackles they could have picked in this spot and they took James. That was their call - they had more information than anyone. (link)


 

 

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