Photo of Jerome Lane
Grade
4.92 ?
  • 4.60 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 16 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 125.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.87 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.12 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 6'2" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 226LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Lane wasn't a well-known football recruit coming out of high school, partially because he was expected to follow in his father's footsteps on the basketball court. Jerome Lane, Sr. was a big-bodied star forward at the University of Pittsburgh in the late 1980s, but told his son to play football. Since moving to receiver after the 2014 season, however, Lane has shown the physicality and hands that are indicative of a basketball player. He redshirted in 2013 and played 12 games at safety and linebacker on defense the following year (14 tackles, five sacks, safety). Lane played all 13 games (starting 11) at receiver as a sophomore, catching 39 passes for a team-leading 782 yards and eight scores despite having surgery on a torn ligament before the season. Coming into his own in 2016, he was a third-team All-MAC pick with 62 receptions covering 1,018 yards and six touchdowns.

Analysis

Strengths

Big body usually dwarfs cornerbacks across from him. Posted eye-popping production in his two seasons as a receiver. Cornerbacks better strap it up because he is physical inside the route. Creates late separation with his hands and body. Finds deep ball and works back to underthrown balls aggressively. Is a bull with the ball in his hands and can drag tacklers down the field after the catch. Almost 75 percent of his catches over the last two seasons moved the chains. Background as a linebacker makes him a perfect candidate for early special teams coverage work.

Weaknesses

Still very raw with just two years experience as a receiver. Looks slow into his routes and down the sideline on verticals. Showed very little ability to be able to get a head start on NFL caliber cornerbacks and climb over the top of them. Was often tasked with making contested catches due to a lack of separation. Athletic ability is below average. Tight-hipped runner with very little sink into his breaks or explosion coming out.

Bottom Line

While Lane is still very raw and continuing to learn the position and the art of route-running, it is hard to imagine him gaining much more functional speed or athleticism. His hands are adequate and he has very good size and strength so it might make sense to beef Lane up and give him a shot at a move tight end spot if he fails to make it as a receiver. Lane will find his way into camp but it might be a challenge to make a roster.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.