Allen Lazard

Iowa St.
WR

Prospect Info

College
Iowa St.
Hometown
Class
Urbandale, IA
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 5"
227 lbs
32 1/4”
Hands
9 3/4”

Prospect Grade

5.39
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
4.55
Seconds
 
Bench Press
17
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
38.0
INCHES
Broad Jump
122.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
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Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
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60 Yd Shuttle
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Notre Dame, Stanford, and others were interested in signing a top 150 prospect in Lazard –- but he was a Cyclone at heart. His father, Kevin, was a team captain at ISU in 1993 and his brother, Anthony, also played for the 'Clones. He was the Western Iowa Offensive Player of the Year as a senior (49 receptions, 1,065 yards, 21 touchdowns receiving) and also intercepted five passes on defense. Lazard found a starting spot as a true freshman, beginning 11 of 12 games played and finishing second on the team with 45 catches for 593 yards and three scores. The following year, Big 12 coaches named him second-team all-conference (56 receptions, 808 yards, six touchdowns in 11 starts) and he also averaged 19.5 yards on his 11 punt returns (not enough to qualify for national leaders). Lazard was the team MVP for the second straight year in 2016, as well as a team co-captain and first-team All-Big 12 pick, after catching 69 passes for 1,018 yards and seven scores. The tall, striding receiver with strong hands is only seven receptions and 678 yards away from a school career records in those categories.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 5-6
Overview
Lazard has been a productive, four-year player who relies on his size and strength to muscle Big 12 cornerbacks around when making the contested catch. Lazard is a possession receiver, but his lack of play speed and athletic ability could make separating from NFL cornerbacks a difficult challenge. With his size and toughness, a switch to pass-catching tight end might give him a better shot at having a productive NFL career.
Strengths
  • Outstanding size with a frame that will be tough for quarterbacks to miss
  • Is smart and extremely physical
  • Plays to his size when working between the hashes
  • Tough guy who doesn't mind working the middle of the field
  • Hands catcher who can pluck and tuck it quickly in traffic
  • Uses supreme focus and strong hands to thrive in contested catch situations
  • Able to dig out the low throws
  • Decent hand fighter off the line of scrimmage when faced with handsy press cover corners
  • Gets eyes on the ball flight early so he can beat cornerbacks with an early adjustment to it
  • Uses elbows, shoulder, hips, and hands to shield defenders from the catch point
  • Has experience inside and outside
  • Shows an ability to latch and finish as a run blocker on the perimeter
Weaknesses
  • Lacks explosiveness as an athlete
  • No juice into his patterns
  • Talented press corners will be a challenge to shake
  • Doesn't have the speed to force cornerbacks into an early retreat at any point
  • Tight hips prohibit sinking into route breaks
  • Short area movement and change of direction is labored and sluggish
  • Unlikely to uncover against tight man coverage on the next level
  • May need to be moved around and played in bunch formations to help create clean releases
  • Cornerbacks with recovery speed might be able to squat on possession routes
  • Very little threat with the ball in his hands

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GRADE
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