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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  • Juz Saying

    Josh Huff a Beast in The Slot!

  • BradAustin

    Big fan of Josh Huff as well…great call! Aside from his quality receiving skills, that kid goes at it and hammers defenders when blocking. Drafted him several times in the middle rounds of my simulator mock drafts. I’d be extremely happy if we added Huff.

  • SmartThinking

    Most Division 1 university coaches in big programs don’t place any emphasis on WR’s doing anything other than a) burning up the field and b) catching what’s thrown at them. College football passing is a lot more wide open, too. Also, I think it’s a major adjustment for just about all college rookies in the NFL. They come out of college thinking they have speed and then, wham, welcome to pro football!

    All players are asked to do so much more in the pros. I think back to last year and just how raw Williams and Escobar were … and they were round two draft picks who should have both started from game one. It’s still a push if Escobar will stick precisely because of his lack of blocking skills. Now, I know he’s not a WR.

    But, Williams is. And my biggest knock against the kid last season was his lack of focus and his dependence on his innate skills over being taught. He directly was the cause of two Dallas losses and heavily contributed to another, pretty much because he didn’t know his routes and keys.

    Here’s my question: college coaches know what is expected of rookies at all positions in the NFL. If college is supposed to be the training ground for the bigs, then why don’t more college coaches spend the time and effort to train these kids in all the fundamentals the pros expect of them, correct tackling especially?

  • Maniac

    did I miss part of the article? I was hoping to find the other parts of the game for the top 3 round receivers and a sleeper or two to compare for draft day evaluations. Did you have info on that, Brad?