NFL Draft Profile: Rueben Randle

LSU WR Rueben Randle was an effective deep threat with decent production on a team that was very successful, but didn’t feature great quarterback play. Randle had 37 receptions of over 15 yards with 21 of those for over 25 yards in 3 years at LSU. With good size (6’3″, 210lbs) and athleticism he could develop into an excellent WR, though a lack of true blazing speed means he’ll need to become well rounded as a WR to be effective, which will take time coming out of a run heavy offense that used him mostly deep.

Statistics:

2009 (True Freshman): 11 catches, 173 yards, 15.7 Y/C, 2 TDs

2010 (Soph): 33 catches, 544 yards, 16.5 Y/C, 3 TDs

2011 (Junior): 53 catches, 917 yards, 17.3 Y/C, 8 TDs

 

Combine:

40 yard dash: 4.55 seconds

Bench Press: 15 reps

Vertical Jump: 31 inches

Broad Jump: 10 feet, 1 inch

3 Cone Drill: 6.99 seconds

20 yard shuttle: 4.36 seconds

40 yard shuttle: 11.78 seconds

 

Positives:

Randle has good size and athleticism, with reliable hands. He was effective at a high level of competition and his production increased accross the board each year. Has lots of room to learn and grow, won’t turn 21 under after the draft.

Negatives:

Randle was used mostly as a deep threat so his short and intermediate routes need work. Doesn’t have the freakish athleticism to be successful at the next level without proper technique. He’s a project but there’s a big potential payoff and he was a much bigger factor in college than the somewhat similar Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech (though Hill put up much better combine numbers).

 

Further Reading:

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