Jarvis Landry – Receiver
Landry is a third-year junior. He played as a backup his freshman year in 2011. In 2012 while he only started one game, he was LSU’s leading receiver with 56 catches. He is a starter this year and has caught 75 passes for 1172 yards and 10 TDs. While he is used some deep, he is really the “possession” receiver in the LSU offense.
Listed at 6’1 – 195, Landry looks bigger because of his build and long arms. He is a physical receiver, but is also athletic, with speed. As an athlete, he has smooth change of direction and excellent overall body control. He consistently shows his top flexibility with the way he adjusts to poorly thrown passes. Like Beckham, I would not call Landry a “burner”, but he is fast enough. His play speed is in the 4.55 area.
Landry is a very good route runner who gets off the ball quickly and can make the sharp cuts necessary to get separation. While he isn’t a speed guy, he has a quick burst to the ball. Like Beckham, he does a very good job finishing routes. He has great hands and consistently “snatches” the ball. His ability to adjust to the ball and make the acrobatic catch is rare. After the catch, he is a strong runner with a burst and the ability to make the first man miss.
Landry will play early in his career and will probably be a starter before his rookie year is over. Like I said above, regarding Beckham, where he ends up getting drafted will be a direct result of how he times. There is no questioning his talent, there are some questions on his overall top-end speed.