2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

by Cory J. Bonini on March 8, 2012 @ 15:08:54 PDT

 


LSU wideout Rueben Randle has opted for the 2012 NFL Draft after his junior season. He has a nice blend of size, speed and strength to make it as an eventual starter in the NFL.

Randle caught 53 passes for 917 yards (17.3 per reception) and scored eight times in 2011; each stat was a career high. 

Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
First-round potential

Strengths

  • Ideal size (6-foot-3, 210 pounds)
  • Adequate speed (4.50-second 40-yard dash)
  • Understands how to use his body to create separation
  • Athletic - smooth and natural in the open field
  • Reliable hands
  • Considerable potential in the right offense (standard pro-style)
  • Quality downfield target - tracks the ball well over both shoulders
  • Improving blocker - takes pride in his role in this area
  • Cognizant of his quarterback when in trouble - comes back to make a play
  • Hard worker on and off the field

Weaknesses

  • Long strider that takes time to achieve top speed - lacks explosiveness
  • Could struggle against large cornerbacks in press coverage
  • Inconsistent production (partly to blame on quarterback rotation)
  • Only 31-inch vertical jump
  • Limited route-running skills and experience

Expected draft placement

Randle is in position to be a late first-round pick, perhaps to the Houston Texans (No. 26) or San Francisco 49ers (No. 30). The former Tiger is likely to be an early second-rounder, with teams such as the St. Louis Rams, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars, Washington Redskins, Carolina Panthers, Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks all being viable suitors.

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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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