Sixth Round, Pick No. 191 overall: Allen Lazard, WR, Iowa State
Pick in first mock draft: Kurt Benkert, QB, Virginia
I had a quarterback here, but with the signing of Geno Smith, I don’t think the team takes one. Instead, I see Smith and Cardale Jones battling for the No. 2 spot this summer and the team waiting until at least next year for Philip Rivers’ successor.
Allen Lazard is an interesting prospect. At 6’5″ and 227 pounds, he is the kind of target that Rivers loves to throw to. In fact, Lazard may end up being more of a tight end than a wide receiver. With Hunter Henry and Virgil Green the top tight ends on the roster, adding another pass catcher at that position is a good move.
Lazard is a physical player with a good pair of hands. He’ll catch just about everything you throw at him, within reason.
When looking back on Lazard’s college career, perhaps the most impressive thing is the fact that his numbers when up in each of his four years at the school. His receptions went from 45 as a freshman to 71 during his senior year and his touchdown catches went from three as a freshman to 10 as a senior. He was more involved in the team’s plans each year and should be able to take that progression to the next level.
If Lazard is on the board at this point on day three, this would be a solid pick for the Bolts.