Player Analysis: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: Jarvis Landry

School: LSU

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 205

40-Yard Dash: 4.77

In a nutshell: Landry needs to add some weight to his frame or he’ll get overpowered at the line in the NFL, especially since he lacks the explosion he needs to get past press coverage. Runs a very crisp route, and is willing to go across the middle. Landry also makes some spectacular catches.

Vs. #12 Texas A&M: Landry didn’t catch a ton of passes but when he did, he carved up the Aggie defense and was the target of both of quarterback Zach Mettenberger’s touchdown passes. Both were in the second quarter, the first a short 10-yard play and the second a longer 40-yard touchdown reception.

Player Analysis: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

**Due to time constraints I will merely be reprinting my work from the CHTV Draft Guide for WRs and QBs. I wish I had more time to write up all my notes but such is the life of a part time freelancer. Thanks for your understanding.**

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Name: Zach Mettenberger

School: LSU

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 224

40-Yard Dash: N/A due to injury

In a nutshell: Mettenberger did not participate in any Combine drills due to a torn MCL/ACL injury which happened in November, and he may not be ready for LSU’s pro day. When healthy, Mettenberger shows extremely good arm strength, comes out of a pro-style offense and being a pocket passer, may not see much degradation in his game coming off his knee injury. Also has some character questions.

Vs #9 Georgia: Mettenberger was accurate and poised, putting his team in the lead of a shootout with 4:14 left to go in the game. On the drive he threw four straight completions, including a nice 27-yard pass to put LSU in scoring position. Unfortunately he couldn’t repeat the deed and threw four incompletions to end the game.

Player Analysis: Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU

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Name: Odell Beckham Jr

Class: Junior
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 198 lbs.
School: LSU

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Strengths: Beckham is fast, but not just in a straight line. He can use his speed to gain separation, yes, but his routes are quick as well and he can accelerate through his breaks, making it easy for defensive backs to fall behind and stumble. Beckham is able to change gears both during routes as well as after the catch, making him a slippery guy to cover and contain. He’s worked to improve his hands as well (though he still has work to do), and does a good job going up and getting the ball in the air. Beckham has a nice, big catch radius as well, despite not having above-average height and adjusts well to the ball in the air and can catch it in stride without losing speed. He can also contribute on kickoff and punt returns, but was much less effective on the latter.

Weakness: Beckham has average height and not a ton of strength, but he does seem to have the frame to get bigger/stronger. The 4.43 speed at the combine was nice, but it doesn’t always translate on the field and he could get caught from behind by NFL-level defensive backs. While Beckham has improved hands, he still struggles with some drops and can’t be relied on across the middle where he sometimes seems to hear footsteps. Beckham doesn’t always come down with balls he needs to fight for and I’d like to see more toughness in that area of his game—a little more “my ball” mentality. He’s not great at blocking and needs to improve that aspect of his game. Struggled against top teams like Alabama and Florida as well as Texas A&M though he did well against a No. 9 ranked Georgia. And while he can shag punts and kicks, his work on punt returns leaves something to be desired. Rarely found the end zone before this year, scoring just 12 touchdowns on 143 receptions.

Intangibles: By all accounts, Beckham is a very dedicated, very hard-working receiver. He also certainly shows a passion for the game, which translates into more focus on both of the above traits..

Notes: If he were more consistent or fought harder for the ball, Beckham would probably be higher on the list, but that, his height and lack of elite game speed drag his value down. It will be interesting to see how the acceleration and extra gears he shows on film are enough to get past faster corners in the NFL. I could see him out of the slot or maybe as the “Z” if he can show that the speed he flashed at the combine—and what he showed on tape—combine to work at the pro level.

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