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Brandon LaFell (WR)
  • Height:
    6'2"
  • Weight:
    211 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 3/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    8 3/4 in.
  • College:
    LSU
  • Conference:
    SEC
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Selected by: Carolina Panthers
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 14 (78)
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Pick Analysis: The Panthers nab Brandon LaFell in an attempt to find a legitimate No. 2 receiver. Although he suffered through a disappointing senior season, LaFell has shown outstanding promise in the past, and could blossom into a credible weapon, if he plays to his potential.

Overview

LaFell is a big receiver that has a huge upside but still needs to refine his game if he wants to excel at the next level. He has adequate speed for the position but with his size and stride length he can sneak up on and run by a lot of defenders. He has soft, natural hands but will drop some balls due to lapses of concentration. He is competitive to the ball over the middle and in traffic and can use his size and leaping ability to high point the ball over the top of defenders. While he will initially have a bigger impact with the short passing game against zone coverage he has enough going for him to eventually become an effective downfield target.


Strengths

LaFell has the height and build of a starting NFL wide receiver. Has been a productive player. Has soft hands and flashes the ability to catch the ball away from his body. Is an athletic receiver. Exhibits the willingness to catch the ball in traffic over the middle. Is a competitive performer who is tough to take down after the catch and will go up and fight for the jump ball.

Weaknesses

LaFell possesses good top end speed but isn’t a true burner to consistently get deep at the next level. Suffers from lapses of concentration which lead to drops. Is not precise route-runner, is susceptible to press-coverage, and occasionally struggles to gain separation.

Grade

7.5

 

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