Throughout the entire NFL Draft process, I’ve been wondering what the deal was with Boston College pass rusher Harold Landry. The film review showed me an outstanding, ultra-productive edge presence, but the mock draft world had him sliding to pick 25 or beyond. Something just didn’t add up.
Landry missed the finish of his senior year with an ankle injury, so maybe it was purely medical.
He checked in inside of the top 10 percent of edge rushers in each of the agility drills. He looked explosive in both of the jumps, hitting 36” on the vertical and 119” on the broad. His 4.64 40 yard dash ranked in the 87th percentile of the edge rushers. Simply put, he checked all of the boxes athletically — and then some.
What Landry lacks is length and overall size, checking in at just over 6-2. His wingspan ranked in the bottom half of the edge guys and his arm length ranked in the bottom 25 percent.
That size might scare off a few teams, but it didn’t seem to affect him too much at Boston College. His explosive first step and ability to bend allowed him to rack up 16.5 sacks as a fully healthy junior.
The NFL just doesn’t let athletic pass rushers fall to the end of the first round. I would expect to see a “rise” over the next week for Landry as his name picks up steam with the media.
For the Titans, I would expect to see names like Arden Key, Lorenzo Carter and Sam Hubbard start popping up in mock drafts.