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2024 Draft Profile: Ladd McConkey

Updated: Apr 23

2024 Draft Profile: Ladd McConkey



Age: 22 years

Height: 6' 0”

Weight: 185 lb.

HAND: 8⅝"

ARM: 30¼"

WINGSPAN: 72

40-yard dash: 4.39

3-cone drill: 6.72 sec

20-yd shuttle: 3.97sec

RAS: 9.33 


Ladd McConkey played three seasons at Georgia and his best season was 2022 where he had 50 receptions and 762 yards and 7 TDs in 15 games.  Last season, he was slowed by a back injury and an ankle injury but was still on pace for 50+ receptions and 796 yards. With the athleticism and route-running traits, he has been labeled as the one of the better route runners in the 2024 class. His testing at the combine and pro-day along with an outstanding senior bowl where he was named the “Top WR of the Senior Bowl” and a “Pro Player” has him moving quickly up draft boards. 


While at Geogia, he excelled at running digs and comebacks, and he new the route and could put defense backs on their heels. He has the great hands of an intermediate route runner. His pace and rhythm make cornerbacks more reactive than proactive. He has the footwork and body control to snap off crisp breaks and open windows for his quarterback. Because of his small frame and size he has difficulty with press coverage and fight through contact but if he gets his hands on the ball he has the concentration ability to find the ball and the hang onto it through traffic. 


POSITIVES

  • Great acceleration. Gets to top speed in a hurry, especially as a route-runner.

  • Good speed. Can be a downfield threat as well as reliably run other routes off a vertical stem.

  • Good flexibility and change of direction. Quick feet and smooth hips.

  • Good route-runner at the top of his breaks. Works to manipulate DBs and snaps off routes effectively.

  • Above-average concentration and hands when working in traffic.

  • Slippery punt returner with the vision of a running back.


NEGATIVES

  • Very skinny frame.

  • Poor play strength. Struggles to fight through contact, both at the line of scrimmage and later in routes.

  • Poor jump ball ability. Not someone who can go up and fight for the ball consistently.

  • Limited production in 2023 due to back and ankle injuries.

  • Alarming number of deep ball-tracking drops in 2022.

  • Average acceleration driving through route stems.

Though McConkey has the ability to play both the Z receiver and the slot, most NFL Scouts see him as a slot receiver.  He has been compared to Antonio Brown and Diontae Johnson and Chris Olave. Will probably be a day two pick and if the scouts are right, I think he becomes Julian Edleman or Wes Welker. No flashy, but blue collar. He knows the assignment and he goes out and executes. 


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