Louisiana State wide receiver Demetrius Byrd is entering the 2009 NFL Draft after two successful seasons in at the school. Byrd, a junior college transfer, was fairly consistent in his two years at LSU, catching 35 passes in 2007 and 37 in 2008. He did not have any spectacular games during the season last year, catching more than five passes only once, but averaged at least 10 yards per catch in 10 games, including two games with an average of at least 20 yards per reception. H
Byrd finished the season with 513 yards and four touchdowns. In 2007, he posted 621 yards and seven touchdowns. Byrd did not finish his collegiate career with a bang, catching three passes for 10 yards in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl versus Georgia Tech, and his longest catch was for nine yards.
- Speed, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine
- Able to consistently catch passes thrown over his head
- Willingness to go over the middle
- Shows initial quickness at the line of scrimmage
- Has good body control
- Rounds off cuts at times
- Does not break many tackles
- Has problem consistently catching passes in traffic
- Needs to get stronger in upper body
- Needs to improve as a blocker
Expected draft placement
Byrd will likely be selected in the second day of the draft, likely between Round 5 and Round 7. Byrd has shown in college as well as at the combine that he has speed, so he could help a team relatively early in his NFL career as a deep threat in multiple receiver formations. He will need some time in the league to become a consistent target for a quarterback but could become a reliable receiver for years to come with the right scheme and coaching.
Teams often pick players with upside in the later rounds more so than for need, so there should be some interest in Byrd. Some of the teams he talked to at the combine include the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions.
About Tim Piotrowski
Piotrowski has been a Hot Off the Wire analyst since 2007.
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