LSU had two very good receivers on last year's team, and sometimes it was hard to keep track of who was who because they were both the same size.
I nicknamed them the fast one, and the tough one during the evaluation process. Odell Beckham Jr., whom the Giants selected with the 12th overall pick, is the smooth athlete with very good acceleration.
Then there's Jarvis Landry, the workhorse who led LSU in catches and receiving scores the past two seasons. Landry aggressively attacked soft zones and had a highlight reel of tough grabs.
I preferred "the tough one" because he reminded me so much of Hines Ward and Anquan Boldin. And fortunately for Dolphins fans GM Dennis Hickey liked him too, which explains why the Dolphins used a second-round pick on a receiver despite having a stocked stable of receivers heading into training camp.
Landry is the cherry on top of Hickey's meat and potato draft class. He'll likely compete with Brandon Gibson for the starting slot spot during OTAs and training camp, but I'm warning you not to judge Landry based on his rookie year contributions.
Rookie receivers usually develop slowly, especially when they are competing for playing time in a crowded field of receivers that features Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Gibson, Rishard Matthews, Armon Binns and Damian Williams, who have all established themselves as NFL receivers.
Landry, whose Dolphins career begins with rookie camp this weekend, will need to learn the offense and his route adjustments quickly, and must polish his route running a bit to become an immediate contributor for the Dolphins. But I have the feeling five years from now he'll be the 2014 Dolphins draftee whose name gets mentioned first when this class is discussed.
Here's a predraft video of Landry that explains a little bit about his background, and what he brings to the team.