From now until the 2023 NFL Draft, we will scout and create profiles for as many prospects as possible, examining their strengths, weaknesses, and what they can bring to an NFL franchise. These players could be potential top-10 picks, all the way down to Day 3 selections, and priority undrafted free agents. Today we’ll be profiling Arkansas Wide Receiver Matt Landers.
#3 MATT LANDERS, WR, ARKANSAS (6SR.) 6043, 200 LBS.
|Player||Ht/Wt||Hand size||Arm Length||Wingspan|
|Matt Landers||6043 / 200||9 1/4″||32 1/2″||79 1/8″|
|40 Yard Dash||10 Yard Dash||Short Shuttle||3-Cone|
|Broad Jump||Vertical||Bench Press|
— Lengthy receiver at 6’4 with arms over 32 inches long
— High-quality speed both in testing (4.37 40-yard dash) and on tape
— Large catch radius capable of reeling in passes at high-point and outside of his frame
— Works well laterally to generate separation once out of his break
— Takes on contact well with the ability to produce yardage after the catch
— Great athleticism with quality testing and a 9.85 recorded RAS
— Long strider who eats up space well
— Gets after it as a blocker in the run game
— High-cut body, lacks the ability to get low as naturally
— Unnatural in his movements, needs better control through his motion
— Physicality needs work to limit opposition from getting into catch window
— Will be 24 years old by the time his rookie season begins
— Coordination is concerning and needs polishing
— Late breakout for his college career is concerning from an analytical standpoint
— Birthday is June 16th, 1999 (24 years old)
— 3-star recruit out of Saint Petersburgh, Florida, ranked 680th nationally by 247sports
— 13 career starts
— Spent first four seasons of college career at Georgia before transferring to Toledo for a year then transferred to Arkansas for his final season
— Majored in Sports Management at Georgia, was University Studies at Toledo
We start out this breakdown taking a look at the wonderful catch radius and natural hands that Landers has to offer. Here against Cincinnati, in a tightly contested situation, he gets his body bent to reel in the throw for a nice pick up.
The size and speed combination that Landers offers is rare and will have teams intrigued. He has a quality catch radius with the ability to pluck out of frame and moves laterally well enough to not just be a straight-line receiver at the next level. Landers still needs plenty of development in his route-running and needs to learn to smooth himself out as a mover to take advantage of his athletic ability. He is very similar to Christian Watson of the Green Bay Packers but has less upside in my opinion. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t offer value and potential though.
Landers has the intriguing blend of size and athleticism that the Steelers have drafted before, and it could be the case again this year. Landers is likely a back half of Day 3 selection. If the Steelers feel like taking a flier on him he could potentially add to the receiver room and learn under Allen Robinson II on the outside.
Projection: 6th/7th Round
Depot Draft Grade: 7.2 – Rotational Player (4th Round)
Games Watched: vs Cincinnati (2022), vs Texas A&M, vs Alabama (2022), at Auburn (2022)