Honor Harold Landry was a guy that we figured would be long gone when the Titans were on the clock. Then he was still there at 22 and the Titans traded up, but they didn’t take him. They took Rashaan Evans. I figured that was the end of the Landry to the Titans dream.
Then something weird happened, the rest of round 1 came and went without Landry getting picked. Then we got 9 picks into the 2nd round and Landry still hadn’t been picked. I was in the other room from where me and my 9-year old son were watching the draft. He yelled “the Titans are on the clock” and I knew it was going to be Landry.
Pro Football Focus has Landry as their 12th best player in this draft class, so obviously they called him one of the biggest steals of the draft:
With question marks surrounding his ankle injury and dip in production this past season, former Boston College edge defender Harold Landry fell to the Tennessee Titans 10 picks into the second round. Fortunately for Tennessee, Landry’s second-round status doesn’t take away from the fact that he’s a first-round talent.
Landry was our-top ranked prospect at his position as his elite bend and athleticism led to staggering production in 2016, recording 69 total pressures (included 18 sacks) and ranked third in the nation in pass-rush productivity (17.5). He earned an 89.0 pass-rush grade that same season.
Landry’s injury-riddled season in 2017, unfortunately, cost him quite a bit this past weekend, but Tennessee shouldn’t have any complaints. Landry will take part a three-man rotation along the edge with the aging Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan, adding a spark to a duo that combined for a whopping 110 pressures a year ago.
Landry is going to be a cornerstone of the Titans’ defense for the next few years.