NFL Draft Spotlight: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU

by Cory J. Bonini on March 29, 2010 @ 14:20:31 PDT

 


The 6-foot-3, 206-pound Brandon LaFell returned to LSU for his senior season in 2009 and figures to be one of the top receivers chosen in the draft. He finished his collegiate career with 175 receptions for 2,517 yards and caught 25 touchdown passes, including 11 this season.

Strengths

  • Big, muscular target at 6-foot-2 1/2 - long arms
  • Soft hands, catches fluidly in motion
  • Excellent downfield blocker
  • Body control: maneuvers well in traffic to make tough catches - finds the high point for catching the jump ball
  • Competitive, good character
    Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
    A first-round grade?
  • Enough speed to pick up yardage after the catch
  • Upside

Weaknesses

  • Not a great vertical threat
  • Run-of-the-mill speed: 4.58 seconds in the 40-yard dash
  • Average athleticism for an NFL-bound wideout
  • Not a precise route-runner - rounds corners - but isn't terrible
  • Wasn't overly productive
  • Needs to work on coming out of breaks

Expected draft placement

LaFell is a borderline No. 1 receiver prospect. He has a lot of what you look for in a primary target, but pedestrian speed is going to hold him back even though he moves faster on the field than he times. Expect LaFell to come off the board in the early portion of the second round, and it will be a big surprise if he falls into the third.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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