NFL DRAFT: LSU’s Jarvis Landry the Perfect WR Target?

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It’s no secret in Baltimore that the Ravens must – and will – upgrade the wide receiver position during the offseason.

On the offensive side of the ball, the porous offensive line is priority No. 1, but after that, adding skill position players will be at the top of the offseason totem pole.

Jacoby Jones is set to become a free agent, and with better options out there than Jones, fans shouldn’t be sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for him to re-sign with the Ravens.

Tandon Doss is also a free agent, and it’s a tossup as to whether the team would bring him back.

Essentially, the only two proven wide receivers on the current roster are Torrey Smith and Marlon Brown. Deonte Thompson and Aaron Mellette, among others, will be in the mix, but adding one or more starting-caliber receivers during the offseason is a task the Ravens are prepared to take on.

General Manager Ozzie Newsome has even mentioned that he has pinpointed the type of receiver he wants, noting he wants someone who “can make a third-and-7, third-and-8, catch and run some after the catch.”

Sounds a bit like an Anquan Boldin description, doesn’t it?

There’s no telling what body type the Ravens want at receiver.

If the Ravens address the position through the draft, Texas A&M’s Mike Evans seems to be a general consensus among likely Ravens targets. Given his ability to win at the catch point and do his damage after the catch, he fits Newsome’s description.

It should be noted that Evans very well may be one of Baltimore’s wide receiver targets, but there are other better options out there.

Leading up to the draft, almost every potential Ravens wide receiver target will be profiled here on Russell Street Report.

But who deserves the most acknowledgment as a prime target?

Let’s head down south.

LSU’s Jarvis Landry not only fits Newsome’s description of the team’s desired type of receiver, but he is among the most talented receivers in this year’s draft class.

If the Ravens want a physical, sure-handed receiver who can concentrate in traffic (you know, like Boldin), look no further than Landry.

Listed at just 6-1, 195 pounds, Landry has a frame that could afford to add a few pounds to take an NFL beating, but that still doesn’t stop him from playing much bigger than his size.

At LSU playing alongside fellow prospect Odell Beckham, Landry proved to be the go-to guy on third down.

Landry’s 2013 season backs that up:

If the Ravens want a receiver who can make acrobatic catches, consistently win at the catch point and be a go-to man for the offense, Landry is the guy.

Over the past two seasons at LSU, he constantly showed his catch radius was much larger than his size would suggest.

Here’s just one example.

He has established himself as a prospect with very few flaws.

Even his physicality as a run blocker is above average.

He has his occasional slip-ups as a blocker, but when he fully commits to that role, he has a head-hunting mentality.

Blocking talent for wide receivers is more of a luxury than necessity, but it wouldn’t hurt to have a blocker like Landry in Baltimore’s offense.

As a receiver, however, is where he wins.

His constant ability to make plays on balls that wouldn’t be caught by 95% of other NFL receivers is what makes him a top-tier prospect.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B (Landry scored a touchdown on this play):

Impressed yet?

How about now?

Or now?

The widespread belief seems to be that Evans and Clemson’s Sammy Watkins are two of the top receivers in the 2014 draft, but I’ll take Landry on the Ravens instead any day.

Landry fits what Baltimore needs more than the other two, and he’d be a dream for quarterback Joe Flacco.

The LSU product is a first-round talent, but it’s tough to gauge how the NFL will value him.

We’ll find out Landry’s draft value eventually, but if he ends up in Baltimore, it’s a win-win for all.

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7 Raves on “NFL DRAFT: LSU’s Jarvis Landry the Perfect WR Target?

  1. Dominic on said:

    While I agree it’s a good idea to check out all of the available options, I still think through the draft that WR/TE are way more important than getting OLine. Get veteran help for OLine and draft playmakers, we have 4 draft picks invested in our offensive line, get as many big play guys as you can for Joe because even with OLine help, Joe is woefully inaccurate at times.

  2. Bo on said:

    That vertical seam route looks real familiar too. I think that is a good call Kyle. One of Joe’s favorite balls to throw and what do you know it came from a Cam offense (not that I’m a Cam fan; just saying). As evident that is not all this guy is capable of. Joe will not hesitate to throw a ball to a moderately cover WR if he is willing to fight for the ball. This guy will fight and has promise.

  3. Sarcasticfury on said:

    Also I don’t think it would be too difficult for him to transition to the offense. I saw the LSU-Alabama game and heard Zach Mettenberger (LSU’s QB) get compared to Joe Flacco.

  4. Thomas on said:

    Sorry dude, you lost all scouting credibility after that Arthur Brown article when the Ravens picked Elam. “Best player in the draft” was not something we saw this season…

    • Rodrigo726 on said:

      Yeah! I search for his last year articles and he call Arthur Jones “the steal of the draft”, “day one starter for sure” and future “all-pro”.

      Also he said about Brandon Williams that he will “experience plenty of playing time this season”.

      The bad news is that he is saying that 2013 Lewis-Moore could be better than Arthur Jones, so if he is as accurate as he has been, we are in big trouble replacing Jones haha

    • Thomas on said:

      I have to say I do like this Jarvis Landry’s highlights though. It’s just that Kyle seems to fall in love with prospects and blow their potential way out of proportion. Until the draft analyst community starts louding Landry as a first round prospect I’m not buying that he is one. He could be a 2nd or 3rd rounder and turn out to have a very solid NFL career.

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