Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) prior to a game against Iowa Hawkeyes at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jarvis Landry & The Miami Dolphins


 

Some fans were not to thrilled when Landry’s name was called.  They cited more proficient WR’s still on the board.  They cited bigger WR’s who could play the outside and the inside.  Other fans loved the selection.  Like all draft picks on draft day it’s all personal opinion until they prove they can or they can’t on the field of play.  It’s no different here.

I was not pounding my fist on the desk for Landry but I will say of the entire draft, he is probably my favorite selection.  At least as far players who could impact the team early in his NFL career.  Some in the media compare him WR Anquan Boldin without the size.  Others to a richer version of former Miami Dolphins WR Davone Bess.  Yes, he is somewhere in the middle with the potential to be as good as Boldin.

The biggest knock on Landry is his lack of size and lack of speed.  In each of those two categories are the sub categories of speed off the line, deep speed in which he lacks, the inability to get body separation, meaning the use of his body to create that separation due to his lack of bulk.  You may also hear that he can’t get off the jam well either.  He doesn’t need to.  In the slot, the jam is used far less as a defensive means against WR’s.

The reality is Landry is a footballer.  He isn’t short but average tall.  He has some of the best hands in the entire draft class and last year dropped only one pass.  He is fundamentally sound and has great concentration.  While smaller than most “bulky” WR’s Landry isn’t afraid to hit someone and often looks downfield to hit someone in support of the run.  Perhaps his best attribute is what the Dolphins truly lack.  A playmaker at the position.

I know we have Mike Wallace and we have Brian Hartline and both have big play potential.  What neither of them do however if fight for the ball.  Especially Wallace.  Landry does exactly that.  He will challenge a defender at the high point of the throw, meaning he will go up for it instead of waiting for the ball to come to him.  Landry is the kind of player coaches love.  He doesn’t quit or take plays off and is always moving finding something to do regardless of his involvement in the play.

On the practice field Landry is 100% all the time.  He expects the same from those around him.  He isn’t afraid to get in someones face and motivate them to do better.  He expects that of himself and he expects that of those around him.  While I can’t see a rookie getting in the face of Wallace or Hartline I would not be surprised to see him showing them up in practice with his natural desire to do more and get better and work harder.  Landry is a player that won’t be outworked.  This reminds me of Reggie Bush’s practice ethic.

For Ryan Tannehill, the addition of Landry may be the best thing the Dolphins have done for the QB all off-season.  Landry is more than outlet receiver.  If used right he could have the same impact a natural TE moved into the slot.  He isn’t great with the yards after the catch but he makes up for that with over the head catches and concentration.

For most WR’s the first year in the NFL is tough to acclimate to.  The speed is so much faster.  The reads are different and while the routes may be the same the progressions are tied to what a QB is thinking.  Landry has a chance to excel in year one due to his understanding of the game and the time he puts into the tape.  I like this pick more and more and my expectations for the kid continue to rise.  Of all the players Miami drafted I expect the most playmaking production from him.

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  • Johnny

    As for his 40 time??? He pulled his hammy and ran a 4.77.. In his Pro-Day he ran a 5.52… Which is not bad… BUT HE’S FIELD FAST… He creates separation with crisp route running.. TOO MANY PUT TOO MUCH INTO THE 40 TIME… Running in your underwear… The NFLs LEADING WR JERRY RICE AND LEADING RB EMMIT SMITH BITH RAN IN THE 4.6-4.7 40 RANGE!!! Most Recieving yards and Most rushing yards of ALL TIME!!

    Other then crisp route running… HE HAS THE BEST HANDS OF ALL WRS IN THIS DRAFT!!!

    Plus he puts it all on the field… He blocks, he physical, and very scrappy..
    He’s the type of WR this team needs..

    (I like and think we need taller WRs to give THill a bigger targets)
    But.. I will make an exception for this kid..

    Like you Brian… My favorite Pick in this draft.. (By now you know I didn’t care for this draft, but this kid brought a F up to a D-…lol)

    • Johnny

      BTW.. Sorry about all the caps… This is my favorite pick… And hate how people react to underwear 40 times… Too much emphasis on the 40 time.. It doesn’t relate to the game as much as people think…

      • 1sb1

        Kind of like how they go by bench press reps for linemen.
        Football is not the gym.
        It’s what you do on the field that counts.

        • Pentax Shooter

          Bench press reps actually does have some validity for OL, as it somewhat simulates blocking. Great offensive linemen such as Anthony Munoz, Clay Matthews and Larry Allen did lots of reps. And if you are a team that throws a lot, you don’t drive as much with your legs while blocking, so arms/chest/shoulder muscle development is even more important.

          • Johnny

            Yes.. I agree with you on bench presses… Like when Jon Martin only benched 15 times?? I knew then he was weak and would never be a LT in the NFL.. I guess Ireland didn’t see that..

      • Chris

        How do you give Miami’s draft an F or D-? Our biggest need going into the draft was Offensive Line. Of course, O-line picks in the draft aren’t sexy, and temas usually don’t draft “playmakers” at Offensive Line, however O-Line is the 2nd most important position on a team. Miami selected a 4 year starter at RT from Tennesee who fits well into their system with the 1st pick, and a projected starting G with the 3rd pick. Those picks should payoff divedends in the years to come. James and Turner aren’t going to light up the score board, but without proper protection, neither will Tannehill. Miami also went on to draft a Corner, big sized TE and a LB, all with potential to contribute to the team in their rookie season. I think the Dolphins did a fine job of addressing all the needs of this team in the draft with the exception of Saftey.

        • Pentax Shooter

          It’s not necessarily that the Dolphins drafted *bad* players, but there were reaches. The Dolphins could have possibly traded down into the second round and still nabbed J. Jones, while also picking up another 3rd round pick. It was a timid draft for Miami.

          • Johnny

            Exactly!!!! That’s what I’ve been saying.. I think Miami, if they couldn’t trade down, which I think they asked for too much, should have drafted Safety Ha-Ha instead of Reaching for James.. Then they could have still got James in the 2nd.. Or if they panic, which they do, trade up in 2nd to get James…
            Safety Ha-Ha and Tackle James sound better then reaching for James at 19, who’s ranked 56th and 8th best tackle who just plays Right Tackle… That’s a reach, I don’t care what anybody says.. And then their were many more reaches..

        • Johnny

          All reaches.. Not necessarily the players, but WHEN they were drafted… Could have gone BPA and NEED with Safety Ha-Ha and STILL get James in 2nd..

    • Miami Jules (Julian)

      There’s lot I didn’t get from this draft but then, at best, I am just a fan site post writer / “fanalyst” (combination of arm-chair analyst and fan), although I also comment frequently on different fan sites as I am not caught up in the arrogant self-worshiping concept that being a writer necessarily excludes me from visiting various sites as the fan that I ultimately am, but the point is I don’t have to get every single pick, mainly because I don’t have the luxury of having a team of scouts doing the blue collar leg work for me, so I understand and embrace my limitations. The OL needed to be addressed and it was… I feel GREAT about Ja’Wuan James, and Arthur Lynch, and while I am not all overly excited about Turner, the Dolphins seemed to have developed a liking for him in the weeks leading up to the draft, so I’ll let it go… for now. I also wanted more of a sense of urgency addressing the secondary but yet Jaylen Watkins, Jean-Baptiste and EJ Gaines were by-passed by the Phins as was the tall WR I had been calling for since like January, who himself failed to be drafted… maybe there was something I and others missed and Brandon Coleman didn’t offer much at the pro level. The proof is in the pudding and the pudding wont be ready until the season is well under way… know what I mean?

      • Miami Jules (Julian)

        My favorite pick is: Why is a tie…OK, not exactly a tie but so close, they can not be surgically separated. 1A-Ja’Wuan James, 1B-Arthur Lynch because he offers additional line blocking like Egnew maybe never did, and that additional pass catching option in screens and up the middle for Tannehill. I LOVE those picks… I am also sorry about using caps but since there’s no way to underline for emphasis, that’s all we can do.

      • Johnny

        Jules… We should have grabbed Coleman in the 7th round.. He went undrafted and I was hoping we would offer him a UDFA Rookie contract.. But no.. Sucks.. You know I’m with you… We need BIGGER WRS (and TEs)… Help THill out alittle..

        • Miami Jules (Julian)

          Big thumbs up out to you Johnny… glad to see you out here!

    • 1sb1

      Probably like an O.J. McDuffie/early Davone Bess guy.
      Will be a first down machine!!

      • bbies1973

        McDufie has already commented on Landry’s hands. That’s a good sign.

  • Pentax Shooter

    “I know we have Mike Wallace and we have Brian Hartline and both have big
    play potential. What neither of them do however if [sic] fight for the ball.”

    Hartline is seldom in a position to fight for the ball, because he comes back to the ball. That’s good technique.

  • Johnny

    OK.. This will be some camp for the WRs.. How many will they carry on the 53.. Probably add 1 or 2 also playing on the Special Teams unit..
    1. Wallace
    2. Hartline
    3. Gibson
    4. Landry
    5. Binns
    6. Mathews
    7. Williams
    8. The rest..
    Say they keep 5 or 6.. That only kept 4 last year to start the season..
    Here’s the thing::
    Gibson, Mathews, and Landry are figured to be Slot WRs.. Who stays and who goes???
    Landry will stay..
    Gibson and Mathews are on the chopping block.. Depending on contract, they will probably keep Gibson and cut/practice squad Mathews…
    I really like Binns and what he did in camp last year.. Plus he’s our only Big WR (except for the kid they signed today)..
    What I would like to see::
    1. Wallace
    2. Hartline
    3. Gibson
    4. Landry
    5. Binns
    6?? Maybe Damian Williams as a Returner… But I like those 5.. I pushing for Binns this year to make the 53…

  • Johnny

    Big camp for the WRs this year::
    1. Wallace
    2. Hartline
    3. Gibson
    4. Landry (r)
    5. Mathews
    6. Binns
    7. D. Williams
    8. The rest..
    Now.. I see Landry, Gibson, and Mathews as Slot WRs.. Atleast 1 had to go.. Landry stays.. And probably because of contract Gibson will stay or PUP.. Mathew is the odd man out.. Mathews will be cut or practice squad, most likely to get picked up by another team..
    So::
    1. Wallace
    2. Hartline
    3. Gibson (pup?)
    4. Landry
    5. Binns
    6. D. Williams (returner?)
    I really like what I seen from Binns in camp last season before injury.. I’m pulling for him.. Plus he’s the only Big WR we got ( except for that kid we signed from Jax today)..
    D. Williams will make the team if he can unseat Thiggy as a returner .. (Thiggy will be cut)..
    Either way.. It will be a battle for the 5 spot.. Fun to watch…

    • dolphinmofo

      You really think Gibson should start over landry.

      • Johnny

        No… Gibson might not be recovered by then and might be on the PUP list.. But they paid Gibson like a starter… I’d prefer trading Gibson, but with all WRs coming out of this draft.. I doubt we would find a team willing to give much for him… Like I said.. I like Landry.. He’ll start on Special teams and see the field from time to time.. Until we drop Gibson next year.. Then Landry will be a full time starter..

      • bbies1973

        Of course the news reports say Gibson and Hartline will be healthy (those reports are usually put out by their agents, you know). Landry was drafted because the Dolphins aren’t so sure.

  • Johnny

    Quick stat:: Landry had 1 single drop all of last year.. I’m telling you, best hands of all WRs drafted this year..