2023 NFL Draft

2023 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Arkansas WR Matt Landers

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.


Combine invite


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
4.37 1.51 4.32 6.86
Broad Jump Vertical Bench Press
130″ 37″ N/A


— 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.

Landers has a solid mentality as a blocker as well. Here in week 4 against Texas A&M he operates as the lead blocker for the screen pass and takes his cornerback out of the play, setting up a pathway for the touchdown. Without Landers, there is no touchdown and he may never get enough credit for that.
Landers’ speed and instinctual play showcases well when the play breaks down. Further in the Texas A&M game is a good example. Unfortunately you can’t watch Landers on this angle but he does well working back to where quarterback AJ Jefferson is moving to as the play breaks down. He uses his natural ability to get open for a big-time conversion on third down.
Landers plays high-cut and there are instances, like here against Alabama, where you see it. After creating separation with some push at the top of his hitch route, Landers isn’t able to get low in order to bring in the football. The throw from KJ Jefferson was poor, but other receivers generally would be able to work back to the football and lay out for the grab. Landers is a bit tight in that department and plays more vertical than to the ground.
When he gets the ball in his hands, Landers showcases some quality YAC ability. While he doesn’t generate much here, he breaks the tackle and evades a tackler before being gang tackled and stopped from getting additional yardage.
Landers’ size and speed no doubt makes him a deep threat. He shows the ability to take the top off the defense here against Auburn as he blazes by his defender, who starts the snap a good 5+ yards off. The ball is underthrown to prevent a touchdown, but it’s a great play from Landers and shows what he can do with a QB hitting him deep in stride.
Landers’ tape is strange at times. He doesn’t play with the explosiveness he tested with, but he is fairly controlled. In this frame he shows it’s difficult to cover him 1 on 1, with the testing it creates more upside. Here against Auburn, he shows that difficulty. Landers makes the late adjustment on the throw and the defender is pretty much just out of luck on an opportunity to stop the completion from happening.
Landers’ natural positioning advantage helps him when attacking the inside, like here against Auburn. He runs a short post and then shows more contact balance, shaking the wrap up and working around the field before eventually being brought down.


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)

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