Harold Landry has been the guy most linked to the Titans throughout this draft process. The Boston College pass rusher looked like a top ten lock after his 2016 season, but an injury-riddled 2017 could keep him in play for the Titans at No. 25 next month.
That’s exactly what ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. is projecting in his third mock draft of the season. Landry tumbled all the way to the 25th pick in his projection, which would be a dream come true for Jon Robinson, who has to plan for the future on the edge.
Here are Kiper’s comments on the selection.
Landry is the top 3-4 outside linebacker in this class, an elite edge rusher when he’s at his best. That wasn’t in 2017, as he missed five games with an ankle injury. He dominated in 2016, though, with 16.5 sacks and looked like a potential top-five pick. The team that selects Landry will hope he can replicate his 2016 form. Tennessee needs to get younger at outside linebacker, and starters Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan will be free agents next March.
I remain convinced that the Titans will be selecting a pass rusher in the first round. If Landry falls to the 25th pick, that’s the best case scenario. I’m still not convinced that happens though. It may take some maneuvering for Robinson to find his guy.
Lorenzo Carter out of Georgia went just three picks later to the Steelers, if you’re looking for a backup plan. Each inside linebacker — Leighton Vander Esch, Rashaan Evans, Tremaine Edmunds and Roquan Smith — were gone by the 23rd pick.
We are now under a month away from seeing how all of this plays out. The NFL Draft will open on Thursday, April 26th.