158 tackles, 48 TFL, 25 sacks, 1 interception, 10 FF
Today we look at a player who had a lot of momentum heading into 2017 that has slowed a bit. Harold Landry arrived in Chestnut Hill as a four-star recruit from Pine Forest HS in Fayetteville, NC. He played in 13 games as a true freshman before he made 11 starts as a sophomore, finishing that season with 4.5 sacks. As a junior, Landry started taking over games. He had 22.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles (in seven different games). Many thought he should have come out early. During his senior campaign, Landry was banged up for a good portion of the year. He missed the Eagles bowl game and also had to skip the Senior Bowl with an ankle injury.
2015: Florida State
2016: Wake Forest, Clemson
2017: Notre Dame, Virginia Tech
Harold Landry has the toolset to be a monster off of the edge. His speed and hustle make him a difficult out for any offensive tackle that draws his assignment. If Landry is 100 percent healthy and can add some strength to help him in the run game, he could be a mid-to-late round one selection. His medical check at the combine is going to be key.
Landry has excellent speed off of the edge, he can flatten out, and then flatten the QB. His ability to bend is almost mutant-like. Landry displays tremendous hustle. He has very good pass rush moves. Landry is able to go around tackles or set them up and beat them back inside. Against Wake Forest in 2016, I actually started feeling sympathy for their offensive tackle #70 who never stood a chance. Landry gets his hands into the QB’s throwing lanes often, tipping passes. He frees up his teammates to make plays because he is constantly being double-teamed.
Landry doesn’t always finish the play. He should have had even more sacks. Landry plays so-so run defense. He was also not asked to drop into coverage a lot. This is something he will have to prove he can do in the field drills at the combine and at his pro day. Obviously, the biggest concern for Landry is going to be his health. How is his ankle? Does he have any other injuries?
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