Photo of Laron Byrd
Grade
48.7 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'3" Height
  • 224LBS. Weight

Overview

Mostly a backup in college, the big-bodied Byrd is nonetheless coveted by scouts. He takes advantage of his size and strength in space, and can torque his body to make plays on the ball. He is physical when going across the middle and at the line of scrimmage. Though many younger players jumped ahead of him on the depth chart at Miami, he remained an imposing presence. Many consider Byrd to be a better NFL prospect than he was a collegiate player, and he should be picked in one of the later rounds.

Analysis

Strengths

Byrd uses his body well in routes. He can go across the middle, take a hit, bring the ball down and get upfield. He doesn't always excel at running routes, but he can competently run those that play to his strengths. He is a decent blocker who likes to be involved in the run game. Byrd can't always get separation but will make plays when ball is thrown near him.

Weaknesses

Byrd's slow feet hurt his ability to release off the line. He is a physical receiver, but he doesn't hand-fight much, and corners can get into his grill quickly to disrupt his routes. With just one speed, he has trouble separating at the top of routes. Byrd has to rely on his size and catching ability to make plays, because he is rarely open.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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