Position: Wide Receiver
Weight: 210 lbs
40 Time: 4.50s
Cone Drill: N/A
Vertical: 34.5 in
225′ Reps: 8
Lasley is an enigmatic receiver who has the potential to burn a defense. His natural ability is phenomenal. He is extremely fast off the ball and will take a press corner to town every time. He will reach top speed quickly and can change direction very fast. He will zoom past a pressing corner and overcome any distance on a defender giving him cushion. Lasley uses his hands well to pass corners and can track a deep ball from anywhere. If a deep ball is thrown his way, he has a penchant for tracking it down, keeping the corner at bay, and making the catch. Shifty athlete who can get open with breaks with ease. He sits hard out of his breaks and comes back to the ball aggressively. Last season he accrued over 1000 yards and had 9 touchdowns. His role as a deep threat is apparent in his 18.3 yards per catch last season.
Once Lasley has the ball in his hands, he is a nightmare to bring down. His lean frame and shiftiness makes it hard for opponents to get ahold of him. He averaged 8 yards after the catch last season, exemplifying his ability to shake defenders.
The thing that people always mention with Lasley is his off-field behavior that has gotten him into trouble over the years. He has been ejected from practice for fighting, has missed a team bus to a game, and was arrested twice in 2016 (both for minor infractions involving underage alcohol and fake IDs). He was also suspended for three games this season for a violation of team rules.
Despite his non-football activities receiving the most attention, Lasley does have a couple glaring weaknesses in his game. Namely, he drops the ball quite a bit. He has dropped 16% of passes thrown his way in the last two seasons. That number is way too high for an NFL wideout. He uses his body to catch the ball which causes such a high number of drops. Fundamentally, he is not very sound as a receiver. Additionally, he could stand to gain a few pounds. His wiry frame makes him prone to being bumped off his route by stronger corners.
How He Fits
Lasley is a risk that former general manager Ted Thompson would likely never have taken. New GM Brian Gutekunst’s draft tendencies are unknown, so we may see a pick like Lasley, especially if he were to fall in the draft.
Barring the sudden emergence of Trevor Davis, and considering the recent loss of Jeff Janis, the Packers could use a speedster with home run potential. Additionally, Lasley could be used as a gunner to fill Janis’ role for a year or two. The Packers will also be looking for a solid third wideout if Geronimo Allison can’t step into the role successfully. If Lasley can spend a couple of years working on his hands and staying focused, he has the potential to be a solid receiver.
While I think it’s unfair to judge the guy solely on his past transgressions, I think he will fall in the draft a bit because of them. He’s a second round talent that could be available as late as the sixth. The variability for where Lasley may fall is huge and is almost entirely dependent on how much stock teams take in his off-the-field issues.