Rueben Randle is an above-average catcher who relies on his hands and doesn’t let the ball get into his body very often. He has good NFL size and strength. Has good ball-tracking skills and plucks the ball out of the air on deep routes. 40-time suggests he lacks straight-line speed, but Randle was used over the course of the season as a down-field target and had little problem beating the coverage consistently.
He runs well-timed routes, has good anticipation, can make adjustments to the ball, and does a good job finding holes in zone coverage. After the catch Randle is a strong runner who protects the ball well and can break tackles.
Randle’s route running is still under development. His long strides do not allow him to make short bursts, although he does have quick feet. He needs to be sharper in and out of his breaks and work on separating from defenders better. For as imposing as he is, he doesn’t use his size effectively – he could be more physical than he has shown.
- WR, LSU, JR
- Ht: 6’3”
- Wt: 208
Randle was a 5-star recruit out of high school who was number one at his position in the state and country and was ranked number two overall nationally in his class. However, due to the system (and having another 5-star recruit in teammate Russell Shepard), Randle didn’t get the reps you’d like to see from such a highly touted receiver.
If he can be coached to run better routes, would be primarily a third-down possession receiver. Randle could have benefited greatly by staying his senior season, even though Shepard chose to stay as well. An increased workload at LSU in 2012, even slight, would give him the opportunity to work on his overall skills to potentially become a fringe first rounder in 2013. At this point, Randle is a work in progress. In 2010, Randle caught 33 passes for 544 yards and 3 TDs and in 2011 had 53 receptions for 917 yards and 8 TDs.
Dory LeBlanc, covers Gator sports for Gators First and BourbonMeyer.com. Not just a college sports enthusiast, Dory is also a fan of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Born outside Philly, she moved to Tampa, and now resides in Illinois, giving her a broad perspective on the sporting world. You can follow Dory on twitter @DoryLeBlanc