Seattle is in need of receiving help. With the possibility of Golden Tate leaving this make the need for a true number one receiver even more obvious if the Seahawks are going to stay in contention to defend their title. I have been looking for receivers outside the obvious upper class of this draft (Watkins, Evans, Beckham, Robinson, and Benjamin) and am trying to find where we can get a diamond in the rough.
One of my first players I am scouting is LSU receiver Jarvis Landry. Odell Beckham's running mate and a projected 2nd round pick. I feel a little weird about doing this before the Combine but I think I have accumulated enough notes from simply watching game tape to present my opinion to you guys. This is from watching multiple LSU games and these are the notes I compiled.
The Good: Adequate height (6’1"), good bulk (195lbs), smooth athlete, excellent balance, excellent fluidity, good overall quickness and agility, good overall speed (4.38s 40), exceptional natural and soft hands (ball barely moves when he catches it; 2 drops all season), huge hands, able to make acrobatic catches, excellent leaper, excellent overall physicality, good overall strength, excellent at catching ball away from frame, excellent high pointer, excellent sideline footwork, flashes crisp and improving route running (good ability to sink hips, plant foot, and explode in and out of cuts without losing speed to generate separation, good crossing routes; in/out, short-to-mid post/corner/slant, and comeback, able to streak vertically; runs all the way through routes), knack to use combination of fluidity and coordination to generate timely separation, excellent hand-eye coordination, aggressive when ball is in air, excellent body control and ball-in-flight adjustments to ball, excellent timing (knack to catch ball in stride and accelerates when he catches the ball), flashes YAC ability, proven possession receiver (dependable and reliable target; best 3rd down receiver in nation last year- 453 yds, 6TDs, 6rec +25 yards), excellent understanding of body positioning (makes most of frame to box out and shield defenders), good production (77 rec, 1193 yds, 10 TDs, led the team in rec and TDs as sophomore), exceptional physicality and activity as blocker, adept at setting up defenders (for double moves, head fakes, subtle moves in routes), superb at catching contested balls and balls in traffic, superb physicality at the point of catch, special teams versatility (KR, PR, kick coverage, punt coverage, former DB, adequate tackling form, power slot, split end), superb catch radius, adept at reading coverages, excellent toughness working across middle of field and in traffic (can hang onto ball through contact), productive red zone threat, excellent mental toughness (played through nagging foot injury past season, stress fracture in his foot prior to his freshman season, but appeared in all 14 games as a true freshman), humble, team-first player, leader, versatile (able to play split end and slot), good at creating separation at top of route, good ball-in-flight tracking ability, exceptional overall focus, good open-field vision (patience to read blocks), knack to generate quick separation, knack to get off defenders at LOS (not slowed by press or man coverage), excellent work ethic (greatly improved hands from last year; worked on jugs machine even during dates), high motor, max effort, fearless of contact, can run entire route tree, decent vertical speed and agility, has strength to beat press, flashes good hand-use against press, good physicality through route, quick and active feet, flashes good open field running, good intangibles (involved in community service work), able to settle in zone coverage, flashes bail-out ability as WR, good teammate, fiery attitude, plays with ‘chip’ on shoulder, physical ball carrier, improved as player and prospect over career, flashes ability to generate yards after contact (knack to fall forward), intense, competitive, good field awareness (knack to find soft spots in zone), good bloodlines (related to Glenn Dorsey), consistent (9 games with 87 or more yards and caught a touchdown in seven different games), good stance (releases without much bounce)
The Bad: Lacks elite physical qualities, slender frame, lacks elite top end speed, not explosive athlete, mediocre acceleration, lacks elite quickness(lacks elite shiftiness/elusiveness; doesn’t generate a lot of separation on routes; lacks top-end agility in tight spaces), was never the clear feature receiver (Odell Beckham Jr), lacks elite production (played in run heavy system), feast-or-famine blocker, overaggressive blocker, inconsistent effort when blcoking, periodically misses ing assignments as blocker, needs to improve blocking technique, needs to improve overall strength and bulk (as blocker, against press, durability), untested vertical threat (most targets were within 10 yards of LOS), periodically inconsistent in identifying and settling in holes in zone coverage, periodically footwork gets sloppy on routes (rounds off, doesn’t consistently make violent cuts), may lack 2nd gear speed, periodically has concentration drops (Florida game), periodically lacks ball security through catch, potential long term durability issues (style of play and prone to getting nicked up), lacks YAC production, periodically lacks physicality in press (may struggle against jams), periodically lacks proper blocking technique (sometimes lacks control, technique, sustain contact), rather ineffective at creating any separation when he cannot ‘fool’ a defender, needs to improve consistency of route running (setting stem depth- place where one forces the defender playing single coverage to turn his hips in the opposite direction of the break; cuts stem short, tips off and drifts into routes), tendency to tip off routes (hitches in routes- when he turns heads and body before reaching spot, stem depth), needs to improve consistency of physicality when ball is in flight, ball security when fighting for yardage, might be limited to power slot (not as effective working outside the hashes, lacks top-end speed, explosiveness), may struggle in press (limited size and lack of agility and footwork to shake free from defenders in tight spaces), inconsistent body positioning to shield defenders, needs to improve blocking technique (dives too early on cutblocks)
I personally view Landry as the perfect #2 receiver. While he is a very talented individual, I cannot ever see him stepping up into a #1 role for a team. I think his style of play will compliment a true #1 talent very well and if it were possible to double dip at WR and get one of the elite's of this class in the first and then Landry in the 2nd, we would be giving Russell Wilson plenty of weapons to take this offense into the next level.