NFL Draft Spotlight: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
Only a few more days until the start of the 2012 NFL Draft, and thus only a few more scouting reports to come. My Big Board will be posted at the NY Times tomorrow morning, and I will follow up with position rankings here as well.
In another installment of my “NFL Draft Spotlight” Series at Roto Experts, I just published a scouting report and fantasy outlook for LSU wide receiver Ruben Randle. After watching more tape of Randle, I actually moved him up on my Big Board. Here’s a clip of the report:
At 6’3”, 210 pounds, Randle has prototypical wide receiver size. Randle won’t overwhelm with speed, but he still has the ability to eat up a cornerback’s cushion. You can see Randle get deep at the 35-second mark in the video below. He does the same thing on the next play. Randle is a long-strider whose ability to press cornerbacks vertically is underrated. It’s enough that Randle can keep them honest, later working slants and digs underneath. Inversely, Randle’s ability and willingness to succeed over the middle allows him to challenge cornerbacks vertically.
Randle has adequate, but not great, speed for his size. His quickness isn’t outstanding either. Randle is an ‘X’ receiver all the way, and I really don’t think you’ll see him in the slot much in the NFL. Nonetheless, Randle can move the chains. He possesses great hands and uses them well in traffic, snagging the ball out of the air as opposed to letting it get into his body.
As a route-runner, Randle doesn’t waste much motion. Despite a lack of elite quickness, he’s still quite sudden out of certain breaks. On routes like posts and slants, Randle shows this burst. He has trouble when asked to break down and change direction, such as on comebacks or curls.
Head over to Roto Experts for the full article. For fantasy owners, I think Randle offers an intriguing mix of size and big-play ability. He’s probably not much of an option for redraft owners, but you could easily make a case for him being worthy of the No. 3 rookie receiver label in dynasty leagues.