Draft: Blocking WR's Deserve Special Consideration

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November 3, 2012; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) is tackled by Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back Nick Perry (27) during the second half at Tiger Stadium. Alabama defeated LSU, 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

JARVIS LANDRY – LSU (Z and Slot WR)

Size: 6’0, 205    40-Yd Dash: 4.77 (Combine) , 4.51 (Pro Day)

Predicted Round: 3rd or 4th

Jarvis Landry is the type of player I view as a “shadow blocker”.  A guy who is blocking just to seem like he is making an effort.  The technique is mirroring the defender.

Landry tends to slow up when he reaches his aware target, stops moving his feet, lengthens his body high, and either gives the defender his chest or hand shoves.

All in hopes to get in the way or shadow the guy from making the tackle.  Rarely will he keep his feet churning, and thrust his body and arms forward altogether for power.

Every once in a while I’ll see him lay a hard block on a guy who’s not looking.  Overall he shows a lackluster blocking effort, technique, and is mostly ineffective.

At nearly 6’0, 205, on a team that likes to run with force, that’s bush-league effort.  It’s hard not to look down on guys his size who rarely mix it up and do grunt work.

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