Inside Scouting Report: Brandon LaFell

First, the Panthers took their franchise QB. Next, they found him a weapon to grow with. Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber breaks down Carolina's third-rounder, Brandon LaFell.

Strengths: Lafell is a big-play threat who possesses a great combination of size and speed. He's quick off the line, physical with the defender and sells his routes nicely. He's a smooth receiver that makes everything look effortless and has the athleticism to adjust to any ball thrown his way.

He runs well laterally, doesn't shy away from contact over the middle and has deceptive deep speed to make plays down field. He catches the ball cleanly with his hands and away from his body. He's tough to bring down after the catch, breaks tackles and is elusive in the open field. He's an outstanding blocker downfield and takes pride in doing the little things that help his team win.

Weaknesses: He doesn't possess elite speed and struggles gaining separation from defenders. He tends to lose concentration and will drop catchable passes. He has questionable work habits.

Steuber Says: LaFell has been a durable, reliable performer during his four-year career at LSU, but despite all of his accolades, he never amassed a 1,000-yard season. He had a down year in 2009 and caught just 57 passes for 792 yards. But he did manage to catch a career-high 11 touchdown passes.


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