2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette

by Cory J. Bonini on March 26, 2012 @ 00:25:35 PDT

 


Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green should be a coveted commodity in the 2012 NFL Draft for teams that took notice of the spectacular season posted by the New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham.

Green racked up a career-high 51 receptions and eight touchdowns in 2011, while his 606 yards fell short of the prior year's 794 on just 44 grabs (18.0 per reception).

Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette
Major upside

Strengths

  • Great height at 6-foot-5 3/4 and large wingspan (34 1/2-inch arms)
  • Red zone target with good vertical jump (34 1/2 inches)
  • Big-play ability
  • Respectable route runner
  • Strong, large hands (10 1/8 inches) - catches away from his body
  • Ball security
  • Quick feet - smooth release; uses hands to gain separation at the line
  • A wealth of upside
  • Good speed for the position (4.53-second 40-yard dash)
  • Known to be a hard worker

Weaknesses

  • Minor injury concerns (missed five career games because of ankle and neck injuries)
  • Skinny build - only 238 pounds at 6-foot-5 3/4
  • Will struggle to maintain blocks in the NFL
  • Raw, somewhat one-dimensional player
  • Has a tendency to turn upfield before securing the ball

Expected draft placement

Green is likely to come off the board in the late stages of the second day or the early picks of the fourth round.

Teams that could be interested in him include the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, Houston Texans and St. Louis Rams.

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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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