NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock took part in a conference call on Tuesday that nearly went three hours as he talked about a number of 2014 NFL draft prospects, including former LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry who Mayock called “one of his favorite players.”
Mayock: One of my favorite players in draft is LSU’s Jarvis Landry. Reminds me a little bit of Hines Ward.
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When I think of Ward, I see a dependable receiver who may not have been the most physically talented athlete, but was as clutch and consistent as they came and a security blanket for the quarterback.
A lot of that can be said about Landry who was the go-to guy for Zach Mettenberger on third downs this year. Time and time again when LSU was faced with a 3rd-and-7 it was Landry finding a way to get open and find the soft spot in the defense and make the difficult catch for the first down.
He had 452 yards and six touchdowns on third downs this season in which he led the team with 75 catches, 1,172 yards and 10 touchdown receptions. I think he’s more of a big-play threat than we remember of Ward and of Landry’s 10 touchdowns, seven were 20 yards or longer.
Now, he’s not quite the run blocker than Ward was–then again who is–but Landry is a willing and capable blocker, just ask Jeremy Hill who ran for 1,401 yards this season and had many runs turn into long scores because of his downfield blocking.
Landry is the No. 5 wide receiver in Mayock’s positional rankings, but is projected as a first round pick according to Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft. His time in the 40 at the upcoming NFL combine will be a big factor in him being a late-one or a mid-late second rounder.
Ward is a borderline Hall of Famer so for Mayock to say Landry’s reminiscent of him, that’s an incredibly strong endorsement and being one of his favorites is even more icing on the cake.