Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Potential San Diego Chargers 2014 NFL Draft Profile: LSU WR Jarvis Landry


Every draft season I fall in love with receivers. They are my weakness. I love receivers that have a little bit of swagger in their game. There are a number of receivers in the coming draft that have already caught my eye. This post is going to talk about someone who didn’t blow away scouts with his workouts at the Combine or during his Pro Day, but has produced on the field. This post will be about one of my favorite receivers in the draft and a player that could be available in the 3rd round for the Chargers. This post will be about LSU WR Jarvis Landry.

Another LSU receiver? Don’t LSU receivers SUCK when they get into the league? The history doesn’t look good with the program, but Landry could be someone who breaks that mold.

At the combine, he pulled his hamstring and ran a 4.65-second 40 yard dash. He then came back at his Pro Day and ran a 4.51-second 40. None of those were blazing times for the receiver, but he doesn’t depend on his speed to get open. A lot of fans are looking to add speed onto the roster. A lot of fans are looking for someone to stretch the field. Landry will not be that guy. That doesn’t mean he is not a good complement to Keenan Allen on offense though. The team still would need to find some speed, but don’t get hung up on the speed game. Just think about adding a Hines Ward type player on offense.

Landry brings a skillset just like the former Pittsburgh Steeler. He finds ways to get open and will grind for the tough yards on offense. He will bang around defenders while blocking in the run game. He is not afraid to go over the middle. He is not afraid of laying out a linebacker. He will win the 50-50 balls and will make tough catches with receivers draped all over him. He is a solid route runner and finds the open pouches in the zones. He does everything you need in the passing game, but doesn’t have that speed.

He is not going to be the deep threat. He is not going to be a speedster. He will be a threat though. He will get open and will move the chains. I would take a Hines Ward type player on my roster any day of the week. Would you?

Tags: San Diego Chargers

  • tonyloc1970 .

    You always find a way to get my attention with your outlooks on players. Form the time you compaired him to Ward you had me intrigued.

  • jamfed

    I’ve heard about the WARD comparisons before. He could slide to the 3rd round, maybe later. He was THE MAN in college!
    BTW: My favorite of all time rookie WR (on tape) was Cordarelle Patterson. I’ve never seen a more shiftier change of direction, start/stop type of runner, plus he’s like 6′-2″ and 220#.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Patterson is going to be the best kickoff returner in the league for the next 5-7 years, it will be interesting if the light ever goes on as WR completely.

      If the guy figures it out in terms of route running and consistency he can and probably will surpass Allen.

  • navw21

    I wouldn’t mind this guy but I seriously doubt he’d be there for our third round pick. He might not even be there for our second rounder.

  • Sergio Quintero

    He’s basically the best possession receiver in the class, maybe isn’t the ideal fit to the chargers need to extend the field, but Telesco seems to love productive players, so I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s there in the 3rd round, “the hell with speed, dude is a really good player lets draft him”.

    If they go Landry in the 3rd, a good complimentary speed receiver they could take is Chandler Jones from San Jose St., 5’9 183 lbs he recently ran 4.34-4.38 according to scouts, and had 79 catches 1,356 yards and 15 TD’s from future NFL QB David Fales. Jones got a mention from Daniel Jeremiah in the most recent Path to the Draft and I started my checking, sounds like an interesting 5-7 round guy.

    • BlueBoltFan

      I don’t think Landry will last until the 3rd either. Last year, Keenan Allen fell to the 3rd because he ran a 4.7. Landry is running 4.5-4.6. If he could run faster, he’d probably go in round 1. There are teams looking for guys like him to keep the chains moving and give their offenses some toughness.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I think he’ll be a 3rd round pick because of the ridiculous depth in the position this year, and the chargers seem to be focusing on getting a speed compliment to Allen, but there is no question the guy is really polished solid football player.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Honestly drafting Landry would be wasting a draft pick.

  • WSU_510_CHARGER

    As long as he isn’t like sorry ass “BUSTer Davis”……I’m all for him

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    Cody Latimer/Donte Moncrief/Allen Robinson

    All guys who are 6’2+ 210+ 4.4 Speed 39” Verticals

    They would be able to stretch the field and help us in the Red zone.
    Great value were we need help the most.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I like all the guys you mentioned ahead of him, but in the 3-4 round if available he will be consideration because he’s a really good player, and I assure you he will beat Brown for the starter’s position and he will produce over 700 yards his rookie season.

      All the guys you did mention will be better deep threats than him and have higher ceilings, but it doesn’t take away that he’s a really good player who’s a plug and play starter.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        I just don’t see it.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Let me warn you, more than once while Telesco is here you’re going to say: he’s too small, too slow.

          The guy is from the Polian school which is tape is basically everything, so even though I agree with you I would take the 3 guys you mentioned ahead of him and I wouldn’t touch him until the 3rd round at the earliest, Telesco might take Landry in the 2nd round ahead of all of the guys you mentioned.

          Guys that are better athletes than their gametape can almost be excluded.

          • CALiFORNiAkiD

            Sorry…But I just watched the playoff games the other day.
            Everyone complains about the Defense but it was our Offense that played horrible.

            I couldn’t help but notice we needed help across from Keenan.

            Latimer, Moncrief and Allen Robinson FIT what we need.

            And help us were we need help the most…Stretching the field & Red zone.

            You already said “I like all the guys you mentioned ahead of him.” Case closed.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Whisenhunt was a conservative weenie who took the game away from his franchise QB, one thing is commitment to the running game another is playing scared.

          • BlueBoltFan

            I do agree about our passing attack being limited late in the season, but what really hurt us was the injury to Ryan Mathews.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Big reason why they brought in Donald Brown so the running game works even if Mathews gets injured

        • BlueBoltFan

          In the 3rd, I’d go Josh Huff if those others are off the board. Huff has some toughness (not like Landry though) but he still has the ability to stretch the field. Plus he’s a YAC beast. And he can return kicks.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Huff & Ellington are guys I like at around 3-4 round area, ideally the 4th for both, but they would bring some much needed speed.

      • Julien Bélair

        beat Brown… haha Tutu would beat Brown :P

    • Julien Bélair

      I agree with you those are three of my favourite guys

  • BlueBoltFan

    Landry looks like he’ll be a nice player. I also hear Anquan Boldin comparisons with him. Not bad at all.

    But I think there are so many other WRs in this draft that fit exactly what we need to compliment Keenan Allen in terms of stretching the field and being nice big red zone targets (and some are kick returners too). I just think Telesco’s looking for different things He comes from the land of Marvin Harrison and T.Y. Hilton. If only Paul Richardson was a little bigger…

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I saw Chris Hansen write an article on Bleacher Report about Landry, basically saying he is Telesco’s type of guy. He isn’t a deep that, but could help in our short passing game.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I would prefer a speed option to compliment (except if Floyd is a 100% certainty to be back) rather than Landry, but I wouldn’t be mad, he’s a really good player, who I would expect to replace Brown as early as the start of the season and clearly outproduce Brown’s numbers from last year.

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Floyd seemed pretty convinced that Brown was going to bounce back this season. What do you make of that?

        • Sergio Quintero

          Malcom sounds like a very loyal guy, and that probably is a big factor in his answer, but unless Brown gets some more strength and explosiveness to his game (maybe a year off ankle surgery helps) then I think he’s 4th WR at best. And the chargers are openly looking for an upgrade, put me down for Cody Latimer in the 3-4 round area.

          Out of Malcom answer to his status it pretty much sounded day to day, what is your view will he play again, and will it be this year?

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            From the content of some of his answers… not only in my interview, but the one in the UT also.. I fully expect him to return. It might not be day one, but he will return, and retire a Charger. But, that has been my stance from the beginning, so nothing new there.

          • Sergio Quintero

            Malcom playing against #2 corners, he could put massive numbers and get his first 1000 yard season if he can play from the start of the season, my best guess, I would guess he returns to play in October at the latest November, the standard wait in PUP is six weeks that sounds about right, lets hope for the best.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            Agreed, Sergio. That’s why I went after the interview. It was disturbing to me that people were so ready to write Floyd off, and make definitive statements about how “he is done”. All because they had their sights set on a shiny new first round receiver. If there’s anything we should have learned about TT so far, it’s that he rewards hard work, he loves loyalty, and he keeps class acts in the locker room. He will not be as eager, as some of the fans are, to move on so quickly… even if he is making moves & covering his bases.

            Malcom is a fighter, and clearly has no intention of giving up. Malcom is loyal, but he is just as dutiful. You could tell he feels like it’s his duty to his team to get out there, and get back on the field. The most telling statements were the ones he made about how Rivers, and Gates fought through injury to do that. Those are his peers. He is tough, and very excited to be a part of this new team. The only thing that is going to hold him back is some really sobering news… but, as he repeatedly said, they are making “great strides”. That’s very encouraging. He could just as easily have been aloof with those statements.

            If nothing else… I hope that Malcom’s interview put the “If Malcom doesn’t come return…” squarely back into the conversation. For a minute there, people really didn’t seem to understand who he is, and what he’s about. People already had him applying for a coaching position.. hahaha! He’s gonna give it everything he’s got, and hopefully come back even stronger.. which would be very fitting. He deserves it… that, and he deserves a ring.

    • Diegoblue

      We need speed to stretch the field .. Landry is good but I like other WRs more than him… Moncrief , Bryant.. Lattimer and Robinson to name a few

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        I know nobody is on board with me on this.. but, I like Bruce Ellington, John Brown. I am still convinced we need a returner / receiver, and they both seemed to have good hands. As returners, they have speed, and Brown was blazing fast! He was catching balls just fine over the top at the combine, and so was Elington. Shake & bake, Ricky Bobby!!!

        • Gunnar Martin

          John Brown is intriguing. Haven’t been able to see much on him, but I’ve been impressed with what I have.

  • Julien Bélair

    hmm you got my attention Ernie. I which round should he be drafted?

    • Sergio Quintero

      Under normal circumstances he’s a 2nd round pick, because the position has tremendous depth this year, he’s a 3rd round pick in my opinion.

      • Julien Bélair

        hmmm

  • Cgoodness13

    Btw Merriman has joined the WWR :/

  • Nick in PB

    Here’s a guy for the later rounds, L’Damien Washington. Big, tall and fast receiver from Mizzou. Ran a 4.36 at his pro day. Should be available 5-6 round. Maybe he could be the next DX for us!!!

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’ll give my late round guy, Chandler Jones from San Jose St, 5’9 183lbs 4.34 speed, 79 catches 1,356 yards, 15 TD’s last year with David Fales, son of former WR Mike Jones.

      • Rob Base

        Solid pick!

      • Rob Base

        Here is my mock for the Bolts. Remember peeps it’s a mock…

        Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
        Robert Herron WR Wyoming
        Rashaad Reynolds CB OSU
        Justin Ellis DT Louisiana tech
        Russell Bodine OG/C North Carolina
        Chandler Jones WR/KR SJSU
        Brock Coyle ILB Montana

        • Sergio Quintero

          I like the players but I think you can get a round later in particular referring to Van Noy and Herron.

          Here’s mine, call it a little fan’s optimism:

          1) Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
          2) Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
          3) Cody Lattimer WR Indiana
          4) Trai Turner OG LSU
          5) Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
          6) Zack Kerr NT Delaware
          7) Chandler Jones WR/KR San Jose St.

          This one is pretty close to one I would ride till the draft, I want to read and watch some more, but I would be stoked if they got this draft.

          • Rob Base

            I know Van Noy and Herron were early but I had to do it. Lol
            Good mock bro solid depth all around. I know Telseco wants speed so we will see what happens with a KR and WR

    • Eli Rodriguez

      I’ve been talking about the guy. He is big and fast but I’m not sure about his hands though. I feel like he should have had better production in college. I still wouldn’t mind using a late pick on him. I really hope TT doubles on CBs and WRs.

  • Diegoblue

    We need speed to stretch the field .. Landry is good but I like other WRs more than him… Moncrief , Bryant…Lattimer and Robinson to name a few

    • Rob Base

      Robinson would be a good addition.

  • Edward Sherman

    sergio i’m liking the late round pickup of Colvin.