Chargers Select Louisiana-Lafayette TE Ladarius Green

Nov 26, 2011; Tucson, AZ, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin

The Chargers added another piece to the puzzle with the addition of Ladarius Green a pass catching tight end from Louisiana -Lafayette. Green will be used behind Antonio Gates and Randy McMichael and is expected to be a weapon in the passing game.

The first 2 days in the draft we added to the defensive side of the ball and now it is time to beef up the offense.

Here is his scouting report off of Pro Football Weekly:

Positives:

Tall and long. Very productive. Is athletic and covers ground with long, fluid strides. Good leaping ability. Very good ball skills and body control to track and adjust to throws. Has soft hands and catches easily outside his frame. Solid citizen — mature, humble and dependable. Hardworking and football-smart. Dedicated in the weight room with very minimal body fat. Experienced four-year starter. Caught the ball extremely well at the Combine — looked like a receiver plucking the ball.

Negatives:

Lacks bulk — is slender and too easily knocked off course. Weak blocker (needs an angle). Average quickness off the line — limited burst into patterns. Stiff route runner — is not sudden and does not pop out of breaks to separate vs. man coverage. Questionable concentration and toughness to make contested catches. Average strength and creativity after the catch. Physicality leaves something to be desired and could play with more of an edge. Faced mid-major competition. Has dealt with knee tendinitis and long-term durability needs to be examined.

Summary:

Lean, finesse, detached pass catcher with tweener traits. Possesses length, athletic ability and ball skills to factor in the receiving game but needs to bulk up his frame and will have to prove he can adapt to the speed of the NFL game. Durability concerns could affect his draft value.

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