2018 NFL Draft Player Preview: Harold Landry

  • Harold Landry, 6-3/250

  • Defensive End

  • Boston College

  • Harold Landry 2017 Preview
    By Charlie Campbell

    Career Recap: Over the past couple of seasons, Landry has been one of the top edge defenders in the ACC. He started to make his presence felt as a sophomore when he contributed with 60 tackles and 4.5 sacks. As a junior, Landry took his game to another level with 16.5 sacks, 22 tackles for a loss, seven forced fumbles four passes batted and 51 tackles.

    2017 Season Outlook: Landry is going to see some good offensive line talent in his senior year. In Week 3, he is projected to take on the best left tackle he will face all year in Notre Dame's Mike McGlinchey. McGlinchey could be a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and is adept at defending speed rushers while still being tough in the ground game, so he will be a challenge for Landry.

    Landry will see another talented offensive lineman the next week with the defending National Champs. Clemson junior left tackle Mitch Hyatt is a pro prospect and is an athletic edge defender.

    In mid-October, Boston College will need Landry to step up to limit Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson is the best quarterback on Landry's 2018 schedule. The Cardinals also have a tackle who could be worth watching against Landry in Geron Christian. At the end of October, Florida State has a talented young tackle to go against Landry in Brock Ruble.

    Skill-Set Summary: The NFL has an endless demand for pass-rushers, and players who can get after the quarterback, so Landry should be in demand in the 2018 NFL Draft. Landry is a speed demon off the edge and is a skilled quarterback hunter. Not only does he produce sacks, he creates steady pressure to force quarterbacks off their drop and disrupt plays.

    There is no doubt that Landry is very fast off the edge with a quick first-step and can close in an instant. He is a pure speed defender who constantly explodes into the backfield in the pass rush and in run defense. Going against tackles, Landry uses his speed to get upfield with an impressive ability to bend and dip underneath blockers to get by them. Landry has the athleticism to redirect and is not a stiff defender.

    In the pass rush, Landry shows some moves with a spin, cuts to the inside, and speed around the corner. If he adds some strength to do a rip move, that could be devastating with his speed to get upfield and his ability to dip underneath blockers.

    In the run game, Landry is going to have some issues in the NFL. He lacks strength and length, and it wouldn't be surprising if his listed numbers are inflated and he is a little shorter or lighter. Landry can get pushed around, but that isn't surprising considering he is undersized for a defensive end. Landry must get stronger to hold his ground and shed blocks in the NFL. Adding strength could also make his pass rush better and help him diversify his moves. For Boston College, Landry is at his best in run defense when he uses his speed to fire into the backfield and cause disruption. When runs come downhill straight at him, Landry can get pushed out of his gap by bigger offensive linemen.

    Landry will get pushed around as a pro, and teams will run at him. Right now, he doesn't have the size and strength to hold up as a 4-3 defensive end. He would fit best as a 3-4 outside linebacker who would have a five-technique defensive end in front of him to help reduce the amount of blocks he's taking on from offensive linemen.

    While he has room for improvement, Landry is a dangerous speed rusher who could be a double-digit sacker in the NFL.

    2018 NFL Draft Expectations: Entering his senior year, Landry has the potential to be a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.




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