Jordan Lasley, WR
School: UCLA | Conference: PAC 12
College Experience: Junior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 203 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd Round or 4th Round
NFL Comparison: Tyler Boyd
Jordan Lasley was a 3-star prospect from Gardena, California. He was one of the best receivers in college football this year and that was with him serving a 3-game suspension for breaking team rules and sitting out one for injury. Lasley has been described as an emotional, passionate, and high energy guy. He was kicked out of a practice for fighting his freshman year and sent to the 2nd and 3rd string this year after fighting during practices again. When he doesn't let his emotions get the best of him Lasley dominates on the football field. He had a marquee game against USC this year and in 7 of his 9 games played this year he has gone over 100 yards receiving. Lasley didn't test particularly well at the combine but you only need to look at his game tape to see how well he can pull away from defenders and can create separation. He also has good quickness, awareness, and vision in the open field and is a threat after the catch. He is an intermediate and deep threat that can make some excellent adjustments to the ball. He also suffers from a lot of concentration drops. Lasley needs to hone is energy and emotions and may need a strong locker room presence to reign him in but if he focuses on football he can be a legit WR2.
- Good size for the position with good athleticism and speed. Plays faster, quicker, more explosive than his test results indicate.
- Has a quick release off the LOS and eats up the cushion, uses great route angles and speed to create separation. Can work underneath but he is particularly dangerous on intermediate and deep passes. Can work over the middle as well as the boundary. Quickness and fluidity in his movements make him agile after the catch.
- Tracks the ball well in the air has the ability to make smart adjustments to the ball to haul it in as well as use his body to shield defenders from it.
- Solid route runner
- Suffered from a lot of concentration drops. Overall catch technique could improve.
- Short arms limit his catch radius has trouble adjusting to off-target throws.
- Can get thrown off target by more physical corners if they jam him or fight with him through the route.
- History of outbursts and practice fights. I can’t find anything about an actual off-field issue only mentions of ‘poor decision making’. It's possible he needs a strong locker room.
Let's see his work:
Jordan Lasley’s game makes me happy. pic.twitter.com/eDebH46VtZ— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) February 22, 2018
How He Would Fit On The Redskins
Jordan Lasley’s draft slot will be difficult to nail down. In an interview where he was talking about draft needs Mike Mayock mentioned Jordan Lasley in the same breath as Equanimeous St. Brown and Cedrick Wilson and said that some evaluators might have a 2nd round grade on those guys while others might have 4th round grades on them. It's hard to pin down which NFL front offices are sticklers for player behavior such as Lasley’s - not so much serious as it is annoying. To my knowledge, he has committed no serious off-field offense but some teams might view him as a potential headache and knock him for maturity concerns. Going off his talent alone I think Lasley is a second round pick and at worst a third rounder. The Redskins generally don’t show interest in players with maturity/character concerns so I have to wonder what their level of interest in Lasley might be. If he did end up on the team I think he would provide great insurance for almost all the receiver spots. He doesn’t have a skillset like Doctson but he can stretch the field well enough to do a bit of what Paul Richardson will do. He can play in the slot and go across the middle like Crowder does and he can play as the 4th WR and do a bit of everything. The hard part would be getting him on the field with Robert Davis coming up the queue presumably. You want Lasley on the field but because of the starting depth at WR he might not get on the field much in his first year at least and doesn't offer any real special teams value. If he lasts until the 4th round though he may be too good to pass on.