Early results from LSU pro-day: Jarvis Landry/WR 4.58s Jeremy Hill/RB 4.52s in first run of forty..Hill ranked as #2 RB on a lot of boards..
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 9, 2014
I’ll have an updated mock draft on the blog later — but I wanted to get this out there in the meantime.
Jarvis Landry clearly wasn’t 100% at the combine and while nobody expected a blazing athletic performance — a 4.77 wasn’t a fair reflection of his ability.
Now that a hamstring issue has cleared up, he ran two 4.58’s at the LSU pro day today (according to Tony Pauline). It’s more what we expected from Landry and allows him to regain some momentum ahead of next months draft.
He also had a 30.5 inch vertical and a 9.3 on the broad jump.
What he lacks in pure speed he makes up for in competitiveness, large (10 inches) reliable hands and excellent technique. He high points the ball superbly, makes improbable catches and has a little Donald Driver to his game.
A 4.58 might not be enough to put him in the first round — but I doubt he’s getting out of the second.
For me this is a similar situation to Joe Haden. He ran a 4.57 at the 2010 combine which at the time was a major surprise. Yet on tape he was so accomplished — there was never any real doubt he’d be a top NFL corner.
Haden was drafted with the #7 pick by Cleveland and has since gone on to become one of the best corners in the league.
Landry isn’t a burner either — and admittedly his vertical and broad jumps aren’t comparable to Haden’s (35 vertical, 10.5 broad). But the guy can play. There’s absolutely no doubt about it.
And like Haden — I think he’ll go on to have a productive career.
Here’s how I’d sum up Landry. I can’t decide what grade to give him. First, second, third round. I don’t know.
But he’s a player I’d be willing to gamble on making it happen at the next level — because if he fails, it won’t be through a lack of effort.
Mike Mayock interviewed Landry after his pro day today — comparing him to Hines Ward during the conversation. Les Miles was also particularly complimentary when he spoke to Mayock.