Miami Dolphins' Jarvis Landry by the Numbers

Scout Fantasy Expert Mark Morales-Smith breaks down Jarvis Landry's numbers compared to the other wideouts in his draft class. Where does he rank?

Miami Dolphins WR Jarvis Landry  was a top prospect coming out of the LSU Tigers. However, a miserable 40-yard dash at the NFL combine after an apparent hamstring injury plummeted his draft stock. Juice toppled down draft boards while his college teammate and best friend Odell Beckham Jr. saw his value soar. Landry slipped all the way to pick No. 63 to the Miami Dolphins despite coming off a 77 catch, 1,193 yard and 10 touchdown final season with the Tigers. He was the 12th wideout off the board and it has become abundantly clear that the Dolphins may have gotten the steal of the draft.

This raises the question and got me thinking, of all the tremendous wide receiver drafted in arguably the greatest draft class ever for the position, where does he rank in production? The Buffalo Bills gave up the farm to trade up and snag Sammy Watkins with the fourth-overall pick and eleven other wideouts were picked while Juice sat on the board, but where do the numbers show he truly belonged. The 11 players that were drafted before Landry were:

 

Player, Team

Round

Pick

Sammy Watkins, BUF

1

4

Mike Evans, TB

1

7

Odell Beckham, NYG

1

12

Brandin Cooks, NO

1

20

Kelvin Benjamin, CAR

1

28

Marqise Lee, JAX

2

39

Jordan Matthews, PHI

2

42

Paul Richardson, SEA

2

45

Davante Adams, GB

2

53

Cody Latimer, DEN

2

56

Allen Robinson, JAX

2

61

 

On top of those wideouts, I’m going to throw in a few other notable big named wideouts that were drafted after Landry. These include: Martavis Bryant, John Brown, Donte Moncrief and Josh Huff. There were other big names, however, they’ve been pretty much non-existent to this point. Guys like Kevin Norwood, Jalen Saunders, Shaq Evans and Bruce Ellington will be disregarded.

As you can see there are plenty of big names here. So, where does Landry rank? This is going to go by the numbers. Kelvin Benjamin is excellent and Richardson showed promise, but they suffered severe injuries and did not factor in to 2016, which is why they will appear very low on the list. But hey, durability is a major consideration to take in when judging a players value.

Before we rank Landry, let’s just get all the numbers down. All the key numbers will be represented. Then we will decide through two seasons, where Landry ranks among his 2014 draft class.

 

Player

GP

Receptions

Receiving Yards

Total Yards

Touchdowns

Jarvis Landry

32

194

1,915

3,859

11

Sammy Watkins

29

125

2,029

2,038

15

Mike Evans

30

142

2,257

2,257

15

Odell Beckham

27

187

2,755

2,990

25

Brandin Cooks

26

137

1,688

1,838

13

Kelvin Benjamin

16

73

1,008

1,008

9

Marqise Lee

23

52

613

660

2

Jordan Matthews

32

152

1,869

1,869

16

Paul Richardson

16

30

311

687

1

Davante Adams

29

88

929

929

4

Cody Latimer

22

8

82

132

1

Allen Robinson

26

128

1,948

1,948

16

Josh Huff

27

35

410

1,330

4

Donte Moncrief

32

96

1,177

1,199

9

John Brown

31

113

1,699

1,715

12

Martavis Bryant

21

76

1,314

1,363

15

 As you can see, Landry ranks first among all wideouts in receptions and total yards. He also hasn’t missed a single game, although, he barely played Week 1 of his rookie season. His weakest statistic is touchdowns, where he ranks ninth. However, the second highest is only 16. So aside from Odell Beckham with 25, no one has really pulled away all that much. Juice is fifth in receiving yards, which he makes up for on the ground and in the return game. In all fairness, KB could be higher in the rankings, nonetheless, that’s life.

 The Verdict is in! Clearly Landry was the best value pick in the 2014 draft, at least when it comes to wide receivers, considering he went at the end of the second round. All things equal though, Landry is the second most productive wideout in his draft class to this point thanks to talent and durability. Beckham currently holds the top spot. Mike Evans is in the three hole. While he has four more TDs, that doesn’t make up for 52 receptions and over 1,600 total yards. Needless to say, Landry was an absolute steal and the best player on the Dolphins offense. Only his college teammate OBJ has been better and it’s taken all-time record setting performances and a future Hall of Fame quarterback to do so. He needs to look out though, because Juice is only getting better and more involved in the offense. With a legitimate threat on the outside in 2016, look for Landry to continue to shatter team records and prove why he should have been a first-round pick. 

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