Good friend Dave-Te’ Thomas of Scouting Services has finished his player profiles of several of the top 2014 NFL Draft prospects and over the course of the next few weeks I will be posting the ones that the Pittsburgh Steelers will more than likely have interest in. While LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry hasn’t been reported as making a pre draft visit to Pittsburgh, I know that several of you are high on him. Being as the Steelers do have some level of interest in him, now is a perfect time to post his profile that was prepared by Thomas, who has done these for the NFL for several years now.
JARVIS CHARLES LANDRY
Louisiana State University Tigers
Lutcher High School
Both Landry and teammate Odell Beckham, Jr. provided the Tigers with one of the elite receiving tandems in college football. Last season, they were one of just five units among 123 major colleges that featured multiple 1,000-yard performers. They were part of an explosive offense that saw LSU become the first team in Southeastern Conference history to feature a 3,000-yard passer (Zach Mettenberger – 3,082 yards), two 1,000-yard receivers (Beckham and Landry) and a 1,000-yard running back (Jeremy Hill – 1,401 yards) in the same season.
Beckham (1,152 yards) and Landry (1,193 yards) not only became the first pair of Tigers receivers to gain 1,000 yards receiving in the same season, but it was just the third time in Southeastern Conference annals that two receivers from the same team gained 1,000 yards in the same campaign, as the Tigers duo joined Florida’s Ike Hilliard (1,008) and Chris Doering (1,045) in 1995 and Florida’s Jabar Gaffney (1,191) and Reche Caldwell (1,059) in 2001.
Landry lined up at flanker and with his big frame, was often counted upon to make the tough catches in a crowd. In just twelve starting assignments over three seasons, he still finished tenth in school history with 137 receptions and ranks eleventh on the all-time record chart with fifteen touchdown catches.
Ten of Landry’s twelve career starts came during his junior season in 2013, as he played in a reserve role during his first two years as a Tigers, excelling as a gunner for the special teams unit. He is highly respected by his opponents for his physical style of play and is regarded as the best blocker at his position in the conference.
Landry compensates for a lack of blazing speed with his ability to run exceptional routes and has very good hands. He does not let passes get into his body and he is good at grabbing passes outside his frame. One thing that he utilizes to get his success as a receiver is that he runs at a low pad level and has the cutting ability to gain separation.
He is the second family member to play at the university, as Glenn Dorsey was a two-time All-American defensive tackle who was the winner of the Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi and Lott Awards following his senior season in 2007, a year that he led the Tigers to the national title. Dorsey was later selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Landry honed his receiving skills while following in the footsteps of his older brother, Gerard, who played football at Southern University. During his four seasons at the Baton Rouge University, he caught 154 passes for 1,967 yards and eighteen touchdowns as a Jaguar.
Landry was rated a five-star recruit and ranked as the nation’s top wide receiver by MaxPreps.com and the fourth-best receiver by Rivals.com and Scout.com during his senior season at Lutcher High School. He was rated as the third-best player in the state of Louisiana by Tigerbait.com and displayed his ability at the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game where he was named his teams’ most valuable player after catching an Under Armour game record eight passes for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Landry earned LSWA Class 5A All-State honors his senior season after catching 51 passes for 716 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had previously made an impression as a junior, catching 62 passes for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns. A member of the New Orleans Times Picayune’s Blue Chip List, Prep Star’s Top 150 Dream Team and the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register Super Southeast 120 List, he also earned a spot on the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Super Dozen and Sporting News’ Top 100 List for 2011.
Landry started just once, vs. Kentucky, but appeared in all fourteen games as a true fresh-man for Louisiana State. He led the coverage units with eleven tackles (5 solos) in 2011, fielding a short punt for a 31-yard runback and a kickoff for 11 yards. On offense, he managed only four receptions for 43 yards.
As a sophomore, despite starting just one contest, he led the team with 56 receptions for 573 yards (10.23 ypc), reaching the end zone five times. He again paced the Tigers special teams, registering nine tackles (4 solos) while recovering a pair of fumbles.
Landry received All-southeastern Conference second-team honors as a junior. He exploded out of the gate, recording five of his ten touchdown catches during the team’s first three games, the most by any Tiger in a three-game span since Carlos Carson had originally accomplished that feat in 1977. He recorded the fourth-highest reception total (77) by a Tiger, as his 1,193 yards rank third on the team’s annual list. His ten scoring grabs placed him in a fifth-place tie on the LSU season-record chart.
Landry started twelve of the forty games he appeared in at Louisiana State, recording 137 receptions for 1,809 yards (13.20 ypc) and fifteen touchdowns, adding 87 yards on five kickoff returns and 38 yards on three punt returns…On special teams, he recorded 21 tackles (ten solos) and recorded a pair of fumbles…School Career-Record Results…The junior ranks tenth in school history with 137 receptions and placed eleventh on the all-time chart with fifteen touchdowns.
Southeastern Conference Season-Record Results…The Tiger receiver’s 77 receptions in 2013 are 19th on the SEC annual list…His 1,193 yards receiving are tenth on the season chart…School Season-Record Results…Landry’s 2013 reception total is fourth-best on the Tigers season chart, topped by Josh Reed (94 in 2001), Wendell Davis (80 in 1986) and Michael Clayton (78 in 2003). The only other receiver to record seventy catches in a season was Wendell Davis (72 in 1987)…His five 100-yard receiving performances in 2013 are tied for fifth-best in a campaign…His 1,193 yards receiving as a junior is surpassed by only Josh Reed (1,740 in 2001) and Wendell Davis (1,244 in 1986). There are just four other 1,000-yard receiving performances in school history, as Odelll Beckham Jr. totaled 1,152 yards in 2013; Reed added 1,127 in 2000; Michael Clayton generated 1,079 in 2003; and Eric Martin recorded 1,064 yards in 1983…His ten touchdown catches tied Michael Clayton (2003), Josh Reed (2000) and Carlos Carson (1977) for fifth on the school annual record list. The only other Tigers to record at least ten scoring receptions in a season were Dwayne Bowe (12 in 2006), Brandon LaFell (11 in 2009), Devery Henderson (11 in 2003) and Wendell Davis (11 in 1986).
Landry’s career-high ten receptions vs. Georgia in 2013 tied Josh Reed (vs. Mississippi State and Auburn in 2001, and vs. Mississippi State in 2000); Reggie Robinson (vs. Mississippi State in 2000); Larry Foster (vs. Auburn in 1998); Abram Booty (vs. Arkansas in 1997); Alvin Lee (vs. Tennessee in 1988); Andy Hamilton (vs. Baylor in 1970) and Tommy Morel (vs. Tulane in 1968) for the ninth-best game total in school history.
Landry garnered All-Southeastern Conference second-team honors from the league’s coaches after starting ten contests at flanker, leading the team while ranking third in the league and 18th in the nation with 1,193 yards receiving, pacing the Tigers with 77 catches, the third-best season total in school history…His ten touchdown catches tied for fifth on the LSU annual record list and ranked third in the league and 22nd in the nation during the 2013 campaign…Had 104 passes targeted to him (caught 74.04%), as he produced 62 first downs…His clutch receiving saw him convert 24 third-down throws, as twelve of his receptions came inside the red zone…Registered 56 receptions for at least ten yards, including twenty that gained twenty yards or longer…In addition to his ten scoring grabs, he had crucial catches that led to eleven other touchdowns and on five possessions that resulted in field goals…Named the recipient of the 2013 Charles McClendon Award, which goes to the team most valuable player, the team captain recorded five touchdown catches in LSU’s first three games, the first time that feat was accomplished since Carlos Carson in 1977…Caught at least four passes in twelve games…Had five 100-yad games, including a career-best 156 yards on 10 receptions vs. Georgia…Opened season with eight catches for 109 yards and a 20-yard touchdown vs. Texas Christian…Added eight catches for 96 yards vs. Mississippi State and had another eight snatches for 113 yards vs. Arkansas… Had 24 catches in first four games, the most by an LSU player since Michael Clayton had 25 over that span in 2003…Scored on 24- and 14-yzarders vs. Alabama-Birmingham and found the end zone with 21- and 31-yard receptions vs. Kent State…Pulled in seven balls for 118 yards, including a 32-yard score vs. Auburn…Totaled 121 yards on seven grabs that included a 4-yard touchdown vs. Mississippi…Came off the bench to pull in four passes for 87 yards and scores of 10 and 40 yards vs. Texas A&M.
The team’s gunner started just once on offense, but played in every game, leading the team with 56 receptions for 573 yards (10.23 ypc) and five touchdowns…Led the special team units with nine tackles (4 solos), as he also recovered a pair of fumbles…Added 76 yards on four kickoff returns and seven yards on a punt return…Ranked eighth in the SEC in receptions per game at 4.3…Caught at least one pass in all but one game (did not have a catch vs. Florida)…Finished his sophomore season with a flurry as he caught 33 passes in LSU’s last five games, including a season-best nine receptions for 109 yards and a 19-yard touchdown vs. Mississippi State…Opened season with eight catches vs. North Texas and had eight receptions for 76 yards and a score in a near-upset of Alabama in what started a string of five games that saw him catch 33 passes for 357 yards and five touch-downs …In his only start of the season vs. Arkansas, he caught eight passes, including a spectacular one-handed grab, in road win over Arkansas…With 109 yards vs. Mississippi State, he became the first LSU receiver with 100-plus receiving yards in a game since Rueben Randle (134 yards) vs. Arkansas in 2011…Led the team with four catches for 55 yards vs. South Carolina…Recovered a muffed punt vs. Towson…Recovered the muffed punt in the third quarter that led to LSU’s game-winning field goal at Auburn…Scored the first touchdown of his career on a seven-yard pass from Zach Mettenberger vs. Idaho and finished with five catches for 35 yards.
Landry played in fourteen contests with one start vs. Kentucky…Recorded four receptions for 43 yards (10.75 ypc), as he returned a punt 31 yards, had an 11-yard kickoff return and led the coverage units with eleven tackles (5 solos)…Hauled in two catches for 20 yards at Mississippi State and made one catch for a season-long 20 yards vs. Western Kentucky… Returned a punt 31 yards vs. Northwestern State…Saw his first snaps as a Tiger vs. Oregon and made a catch for three yards on his first play…Produced two bone-jarring hits on special teams vs. Auburn…Continued his outstanding play on special teams with two tackles vs. both Arkansas and Georgia.
2011 Season…Suffered a setback prior to fall camp when he had a stress fracture in his foot.
2013 Postseason…Landry could not complete the agility tests sat the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine due to pulling his right hamstring on his first 40-yard dash event.
4.77 in the 40-yard dash…1.73 10-yard dash…2.84 20-yard dash…4.27 20-yard shuttle…
11.53 60-yard shuttle…7.15 three-cone drill…28 ½-inch vertical jump…9’-2” broad jump… Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times…31 ¾-inch arm length…10 ¼-inch hands…75-inch wingspan.
Landry attended Lutcher (La.) High school, playing football for head coach Tim Detillier…
Rated a five-star recruit and ranked as the nation’s top wide receiver by MaxPreps.com and the fourth-best receiver by Rivals.com and Scout.com during his senior season…
Rated as the third-best player in the state of Louisiana by Tigerbait.com and displayed his ability at the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game where he was named his teams’ most valuable player after catching an Under Armour game record eight passes for 70 yards and a touchdown…Earned LSWA Class 5A All-State honors his senior season after catching 51 passes for 716 yards and 11 touchdowns…Had previously made an impression as a junior, catching 62 passes for 1,158 yards and 13 touchdowns…A member of the New Orleans Times Picayune’s Blue Chip List, Prep Star’s Top 150 Dream Team and the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register Super Southeast 120 List, he also earned a spot on the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Super Dozen and Sporting News’ Top 100 List for 2011.
Landry is majoring in Sports Administration…Son of Dietra Landry…Related to Glenn Dorsey, who was a two-time All-American defensive tackle at Louisiana State and the winner of the Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi and Lott Awards following his senior season in 2007, a year that he led the Tigers to the national title. Dorsey was later selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft…Landry’s brother, Gerard, played football at Southern University. During his four seasons at the Baton Rouge University, he caught 154 passes for 1,967 yards and eighteen touchdowns as a Jaguar…Born Jarvis Charles Landry on 11/28/92 in Metairie, Louisiana…Resides in Lutcher, Louisiana.