Position: Wide Receiver
Projected 40-Time: 4.50
Star Rating: Grade: 90
Draft Projection: 1st - 2nd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
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. LaFell’s size and overall skill level will make him a potential first round selection, and with teams like the Baltimore Ravens, Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets selecting at the end of the opening frame, it’s possible that he will end up in one of those situations.
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