2018 NFL Draft

Rueben Randle, WR

School: LSU  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Bastrop, LA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 210 lbs.
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04/29/2012 - Former Giants assistant special teams coach Thomas McGaughey, who last year left the team to join the coaching staff at LSU, offered his old bosses a glowing recommendation of receiver Rueben Randle, the team's second-round pick. "I think there have been a lot of personal calls made into that particular school, talking with coaches who have worked with Randle," said Giants head coach Tom Coughlin. "Thomas McGaughey ... gave Randle a very strong recommendation and we have a lot of faith in Thomas' ability to judge (talent)." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Rather than cave in to the temptation to move up in the draft, the Giants stayed where they were and feel that they came away with some very intriguing talent that represented good value and addressed several needs. New York spent their first two picks on running back David Wilson and receiver Rueben Randle, the first time they've drafted two offensive skill players since 2002 when they plucked tight end Jeremy Shockey and receiver Tim Carter. "We just brought in two good football players, both of whom we really like," said director of college scouting Marc Ross of Wilson and Randle. "Hopefully, (they) made us better, more explosive." In the third round, they picked smallish but aggressive cornerback Jayron Hosley, a ball-hawking defender who in three years at Virginia Tech recorded 12 interceptions. "He has outstanding cover skills," said Reese. "He can intercept the ball, so we expect him to be in our nickel packages." Rounding out their draft, the Giants added tight end Adrien Robinson (Cincinnati) and offensive tackle Brandon Mosley (Auburn) in the fourth round; offensive tackle Matt McCants (UAB) in the sixth round; and defensive tackle Markus Kuhn in the seventh round. "From the standpoint of being where we were at the bottom of each round and remaining there, I think we have addressed some of the circumstances that we had to address with quality people," said head coach Tom Coughlin. BEST PICK: Wide receiver Rueben Randle: Randle, who can play split wide and in the slot, should be the most ready to step in from day one to contribute as the third receiver. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Giants picks: Round 2/63 - Rueben Randle, WR, 6-2, 208, Louisiana State...Gives the Giants options in both the slot and as the split end. Will compete for the third receiver spot. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - WR Rueben Randle, LSU -- Losing Mario Manningham doesn't sting as much with Randle in tow. The Giants won't feature the 6-3, 210-pounder, but he brings a big-play threat and the size the team hasn't had since Plaxico Burress.

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 33. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU: Despite earning All-SEC accolades in 2011, Randle didn't post eye-popping numbers as a junior (53 catches for 973 yards and eight touchdowns). He's been a standout in the conference since signing as an extremely highly touted prep prospect and has made significant gains each year. Those who questioned his downfield speed after showing just ho-hum speed (4.55) were silenced when Randle was clocked in the low 4.4s on two attempts at the 40-yard dash at his March 22 Pro Day. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/09/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP WIDE RECEIVERS: *Rueben Randle, LSU, 6-3, 210...After catching only 44 passes in his first two years, Randle grabbed attention last season with 53 catches for 917 yards and eight touchdowns. When he announced he was declaring for the NFL draft, scouts knew they needed more input to get a grasp on his abilities. He is obviously big and fast, but LSU had a less-than-stellar passing game, which some assume is a reason Randle wanted to move on. It created one of those situations where data from the combine would help NFL teams feel a little more comfortable, or not. His announced 40-yard time of 4.55 seconds at the combine was marginally comfortable, but he clocked 4.42 seconds at his pro day workout just in case. Randle's exceptional athletic ability has been known for a while back in Bastrop, La., where he played both quarterback and wide receiver as a high school senior -- although only one position at a time. He led Bastrop High to the state semifinals (11-2) in 2008, passing for 2,461 yards and 20 touchdowns, rushing for 683 yards and another dozen scores and catching a few passes too. As a prep junior he played wide receiver and caught 55 passes for 1,058 yards and 11 TDs to help Bastrop win a second consecutive Class 4A state championship. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/07/2012 - What do you think of some of the receivers available in this year's draft class? (Aaron Wilson)...(HORTIZ) "A guy like [Stephen] Hill, he obviously showed up at the Combine. Everyone watched it. He's an explosive guy who plays in that triple-option offense and really jumped off the film in terms of vertical speed. He's raw, like a lot of guys are who have come out of that offense, [like] Demaryius Thomas. Their route polish isn't quite there, but his athletic traits are really outstanding and exceptional, rare for the position. It would be a process of him picking up an NFL-style offense, learning how to read defenses. He doesn't have to do a lot of that there. He has to block or run vertical, a limited route tree. [Mohamed]Sanu comes more from a pro-style offense. He certainly has the size. He's not quite as explosive as a Stephen Hill, but he's a guy who can catch a ball really well. He understands how to use his body and get open, work underneath. They are both talented guys, a little bit different types of players. [Rueben] Randall, he's more pro-style. They run a lot of that zone-read, depending on the quarterback, but he's explosive as well. He didn't run as great at the Combine, but he went to his pro day and cleaned up there. He changed his running form, and you could see the difference. He was tight at the Combine, kind of bound up. If you watched him run, he looked more relaxed. He's an explosive guy and he's been a playmaker there at LSU for them." - Baltimore Ravens.com

03/24/2012 - LSU Pro Day: Other players who improved their 40 times were linebacker Ryan Baker, from a 4.88 to a 4.61, and receiver Rueben Randle, from a 4.55 to a 4.42. Randle also looked especially fluid in his route running. The wideout said he worked on his speed and his routes leading up to Pro Day to ensure he's a bonafide, rather than borderline, first-round pick. "As a kid you always want to be a first-round draft pick," Randle said. "If that happens for me, it'll be pretty exciting." - Alex Cassara, LSU The Reveille

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 49. *Reuben Randle, WR, LSU, 6-3, 208, 2...This underclassman can benefit from a great showing at Combine and Pro Day workouts to quantify or validate the athletic ability he flashed at LSU. After catching only 44 passes in his first two years, Randle grabbed attention last season with 53 catches for 917 yards and eight touchdowns. Randle is obviously big and fast and scouts want the fine details on those measurables. But his exceptional athletic ability has been known for a while back in Bastrop, La., where he played both quarterback and wide receiver as a high school senior -- although only one position at a time. He led Bastrop High to the state semifinals (11-2) in 2008, passing for 2,461 yards and 20 touchdowns, rushing for 683 yards and another dozen scores and catching a few passes, too. As a prep junior he played wide receiver and caught 55 passes for 1,058 yards and 11 TDs to help Bastrop win consecutive Class 4A state championships. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/13/2012 - The fact that LSU only passed for 53 yards in the BCS Championship game certainly is slowing down their receivers from making the early jump to the NFL. According to multiple reports LSU junior Rueben Randle will be joining teammates Morris Claiborne, Michael Brockers and fellow receiver Russell Shepard as an early entrant into the 2012 NFL draft. The news was first reported by TigerSportsDigest.com, which claimed that Randle's decision was made over a family dinner Wednesday and that the papers to be filed with the NFL were sent in Thursday. While Shepard's decision is a bit puzzling, Randle's jump to the pros had been anticpated. Listed by the official website for LSU athletics at 6-4, 208 pounds, Randle was the Tigers' most productive receiver in 2011. He led the team in catches (53), receiving yards (917), average yards per catch (17.3) and receiving touchdowns (eight) and garnered First Team All-SEC accolades from the conference coaches. He leaves LSU having started 24 of a possible 39 games and with 94 catches for 1,621 yards and 13 touchdowns over his career. Though Randle was limited by sticky coverage from Alabama's 'Dre Kirkpatrick throughout much of the team's two battles in 2011 (combined five catches for 32 yards), ironically enough it was Randle's a three-catch, 125 yard effort against the Tide in 2010 that served as his "breakout game." Randle scored a 75 yard touchdown in that contest, the longest of his career. Kirkpatrick was one of three Alabama juniors to announce that they too are leaving the SEC early for the NFL. Due largely to his rare combination of size and speed, Randle is currently ranked as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 6 receiver for the 2012 draft with a second round grade. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/09/2012 - Scouting the LSU passing game: The Tigers are fairly limited in the passing game, but can have success with the play-action game off of their powerful running game. Rueben Randle can make the big play because his size and speed are difficult for defenses to match. Russell Shepard and Odell Beckham are used more to move the chains with underneath passes. LSU doesn't need to do a whole lot in the passing game as it has beaten three ranked teams Oregon, Alabama, and Georgia while passing for fewer than 100 yards. - The Sports Xchange

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR - Rueben Randle, LSU, has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. Randle made 50 catches for 904 yards and eight touchdowns. The junior from Bastrop, La., averaged 18.1 yards per reception which ranks second among the conference's top 10 receivers. - LSU football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: WR - Rueben Randle, LSU, 6-4, 208, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. Randle made 50 catches for 904 yards and eight touchdowns. The junior from Bastrop, La., averaged 18.1 yards per reception which ranks second among the conference's top 10 receivers. - LSU football

10/22/2011 - It didn't matter who was throwing the ball to Rueben Randle, it didn't matter who was covering him, and it certainly didn't matter that LSU was missing three key players. Randle caught a 42-yard scoring pass from Jordan Jefferson and a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jarrett Lee, and No. 1 LSU once again overcame off-the-field distractions in style with a 45-10 victory over 19th-ranked Auburn on Saturday. LSU was without star cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, leading rusher Spencer Ware and defensive back Tharold Simon-all suspended one game for violating the team's drug policy. Yet LSU continued to make team history with its eighth double-digit win in as many games this season, a streak that started with a season-opening triumph over Oregon without the then-suspended Jefferson and receiver Russell Shepard. Off next week, LSU (8-0, 5-0 SEC) will be unbeaten entering its showdown at No. 2 Alabama on Nov. 5. The Crimson Tide were playing at home Saturday night against struggling Tennessee. The beneficiary of Ware's absence was freshman Kenny Hilliard, who scored the first two touchdowns of his career while rushing for 65 yards on only 10 carries. Randle finished with five receptions for 106 yards. Lee was 14 of 20 for 165 yards and two touchdowns, while Jefferson completed two of three passes for 54 yards. With Michael Ford leading the way (12 rushes, 82 yards), LSU gained 174 yards on the ground. - AP Sports

09/15/2011 - WR Rueben Randle was held out of practice last week to rest a sore knee that helped limit him to one catch against Oregon. Randle said the rest paid off as his knee felt "way better," and he caught five passes for 121 yards, including a 43-yarder from Lee on LSU's first offensive play. - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2011 - LSU has a short week to prepare for its SEC opener against Mississippi State on Thursday night in Starkville. The third-ranked Tigers turned their attention to the Bulldogs right after dispatching of Northwestern State, 49-3, Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. "We are playing and practicing at a good tempo right now," wide receiver Rueben Randle said. "With the game being this Thursday, we have to increase and speed up everything. The SEC is a different kind of football and we all know that. We will be ready." LSU helped itself by taking care of the Demons in short order, so some starters could get some rest. The Tigers took a 28-3 halftime lead and coach Les Miles started working his way down the depth chart. The game against Northwestern State didn't yield any new injuries and LSU started installing the game plan on Sunday, turning it into what would normally be Monday work. "Our challenge is really threefold," Miles said. "One, we play a talented conference opponent in a short time. The second challenge is the amount of time. We have to get a lot accomplished to be ready to play on Thursday. Three, we need to improve." - The Sports Xchange

09/12/2011 - SEC WEEK 2 OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: WR RUEBEN RANDLE (LSU) - Caught five passes for 121 yards against Northwestern State. - SEC football

09/10/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: LSU vs. Northwestern State in Tiger Stadium, Sept. 10 -- The Tigers want to make short work of the Demons so some starters can get rested for the Mississippi State game next Thursday and so younger players can get much-needed experience. The Demons will be pumped up for a game that can make their season and the Tigers must match that enthusiasm if they want to put them away early. KEYS TO THE GAME: Take care of business and take care of the ball. If the Tigers take a business-like approach to this game, come ready to play at the opening kickoff and don't turn the ball over early, they should have this one in hand by halftime. PLAYERS TO WATCH: WR Rueben Randle - The Tigers' top receiver was limited by a sore knee against Oregon and caught just one pass, though it was an important one -- a 10-yard touchdown catch that put LSU ahead to stay late in the second quarter. The Tigers want to get Randle and the passing game on track this week. - The Sports Xchange

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR Rueben Randle, LSU, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason Second Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/09/2011 - 2011 BILETNIKOFF AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Ruben Randall, LSU, has been selected one of 75 wide receivers from around the nation named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list for the 2011 college football season. The Biletnikoff Award is named after former Florida State and Oakland Raiders receiver Fred Biletnikoff and goes to the top receiver in college football. Randle is coming off a sophomore season in which he made 33 catches for 544 yards and three touchdowns. He started nine of the Tigers' 13 games. Randle hauled in four passes for 71 yards and a 51-yard touchdown in the second quarter of LSU's season-opening win against North Carolina. He delivered the biggest performance of his career when he racked up 125 yards receiving on three catches in the Tigers' 24-21 win over No. 5 Alabama on Nov. 6. His 75-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Tide was LSU's longest passing play of the season. In 26 career games, Randle has accounted for 717 yards receiving on 44 catches and five touchdowns. - LSU football