LSU WR Jarvis Landry (US Presswire)
All summer long TSD has counted down our choices for the top 50 LSU football players for the 2013 season. Today the countdown continues into the top five, reaching number four, where we find junior receiver Jarvis Landry.
Publisher’s Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD’s Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 4 – WR Jarvis Landry
The highest rated of six receivers on TSD’s top 50 countdown, junior Jarvis Landry has earned his spot on this list due to hard work and being more than just a pass-catcher. In fact, almost ironically, Landry is nowhere near the downfield, vertical threat that teammates Odell Beckham (No. 10 on our list), Travin Dural (No. 17) or Quantavius Leslie (No. 28) are. Averaging just 10.3 yards per reception for his LSU career, Landry is the epitome of an intermediate-level receiver who thrives from the slot.
But the magic for Landry is in his consistency, his hands and his surprising physicality. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder led LSU a season ago in receptions (56) and receiving touchdowns (five) while finishing second to Beckham in receiving yards (573). For good measure he even added nine tackles, mostly on special teams, and returned four kicks and a punt. Landry burst onto the scene in 2011 as a freshman by showing his physical side, ending the campaign with 11 tackles, including a few bone-crushing special teams hits at home versus Auburn. From blowing up return men to one-handed grabs in the back of the end zone in Fayetteville, Landry just always seems to show up for the Tigers.
By The Numbers
Landry’s highest ranking: 4th
Landry’s lowest ranking: 6th
Why this ranking is too high
As documented above, Landry isn’t much of a vertical threat at all. He also hasn’t broken off many big receiving games in two seasons, with just one game over 100 yards and only two over 80 yards. The LSU offense’s collective struggles in the passing game are partly to blame for that, but it still reflects back on the value Landry is able to bring to the table every Saturday. Finally, listed at a generous 6-foot-1, he’s not a very big target by SEC standards.
Why this ranking is too low
Landry is the ultimate mover of the chains for this LSU offense. Given that the Tigers are breaking in a lot of new pieces on defense and are still developing Zach Mettenberger at quarterback, I’m not sure what could be more valuable for this team. The Tigers’ running game will again be strong, but it’s imperative LSU can convert on third-and-medium to extend drives. Landry gives LSU that dimension and also has a nose for the end zone. Throw in the fact that he’s a good stalk-blocker and doesn’t mind lowering his shoulder, and Landry is a complete player for the Tigers.
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