The Lions used the third pick in the second round to take LaPorta, and they think his play style and run-after-catch ability fit perfectly into coordinator Ben Johnson’s offensive scheme. LaPorta showed some of that off Saturday and it was pretty impressive.
“I think I can play with the best of them,” LaPorta said of that underwhelming comment he received his junior year. “If I don’t impress you, it doesn’t really matter. My play will do the talking, hopefully.”
He will have an opportunity to make an early impact competing with Brock Wright, James Mitchell and Shane Zylstra for reps at tight end. LaPorta can play inline or out wide. He’s very smooth running routes and he finds a way to consistently create space between him and defenders. When he gets the ball in his hands, he’s a creative runner with power.