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Demetrius Byrd (WR)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 199
College: LSU
Conference: SEC
Hometown: Miami, FL
High School: Miami Central
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Selected by: San Diego Chargers
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 15 (224)
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Pick Analysis: Byrd slid in the draft after being involved in an automobile accident just a week ago. He probably would've been drafted three rounds ago if he was healthy. He could be a developmental project for the future after he recovers from his injuries.
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Overview

Byrd signed with LSU as one of the elite JUCO prospects in the country. He led the team with seven touchdown receptions in his first season, six of which came against elite SEC competition. But Byrd's senior season was a bit disappointing, as he failed to step up in the primary receiver role (37 receptions for 499 yards and four touchdowns). His value appears to be as a complementary receiver at the next level. Had an arm span of 33 3/8 inches and a hand span of 9 inches at the combine.


Junior College

Came to LSU after two seasons at Pearl River Community College ... Received a four-star rating as a member of Rivals.com's Top 100 junior college prospects.


High School

Originally signed with Florida International after graduating from Miami Central High School ... Timed at 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard dash ... Coached by Tim Hatten.


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Analysis

Positives: Good initial quickness off the snap. Uses his hands well to fight through the jam. Good lateral agility and body control. Legitimate straight-line speed to challenge deep. Can track the ball over either shoulder and has the body control and self-awareness to remain in bounds. Able to snatch the ball with his hands outside his body. Used on bubble screens because he can be elusive in space. Willing to go over the middle to make the reception. A history of making the tough catch in pressure situations dating back to high school.


Negatives: Thin build with little upper body strength. Loses physical battles at the line and for the ball. Does not run through many tackles. An effective deep threat, but has to build up to top speed. Marginal change of direction or acceleration to gain separation or make yards after the catch against top cornerbacks. Short-arms some passes over the middle, leading to some drops in traffic. Works at blocking but lacks the strength to be effective.


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