When players are leaving college and entering the NFL draft you’ll often hear the question asked about who a certain draft prospect is comparable to in the NFL to help project how a player will fare in the league. The same can be said for recruits leaving high school and entering college.
Here’s what Jeremiah had to say about the similarities between the two:
Tough. Dependable. Clutch. Those are three words often used to describe Boldin — and I noticed the same three words on my notepad after studying Landry. I see a lot of similarities between these two players. Boldin didn’t run a fast 40-yard dash (in fact, the time I listed above is from his pro day; he actually ran slower at the combine), and I’ve been told by scouting buddies that Landry won’t test well, either.
While these guys might lack timed speed, they have the quickness and route-running savvy to create separation from their opponents. Both players have very strong hands, and they attack the ball in the air. These are also two physical runners who are difficult to bring down after the catch. Landry might drop out of the first round, but he’s equipped to have a big rookie season. Sound familiar?
Landry has been projected as a late first round pick by ESPN’s Mel Kiper, but the time of his 40 will be huge for his draft status as he could challenge fellow wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to be the first LSU player selected in May’s NFL draft.
Whether he’s a first or a second round pick, if he has a career like Boldin, he’ll represent LSU very, very well.