Here’s the 2018 NFL Draft profile on defensive end Harold Landry out of Boston College breaking down his strengths, weaknesses, video highlights, and if he would be a fit for the New York Jets.
In this 2018 NFL Draft profile, we look at the 6-3 and 250-pound defensive end Harold Landry an undeniable edge presence that demands the respect of players that have to block him, the coaches’ game plans that have to account for him, and the fans that love to watch him.
Let’s take a deeper look at everything that makes Landry a force to reckon with as early as his rookie season in 2018.
Landry has a signature move that is beautiful to witness, however, both annoying and difficult to defend. He’s an edge rusher with a superpower that allows him to almost drag his shoulder moving underneath the blocker taking the edge creating a clear path of torment for opposing quarterbacks.
He rushes from both the left and right sides without ever missing a beat as he frequently finds himself double-teamed. Certainly, an elite player in the making, there seems to be a glimmer of something even more special when he lines up as a middle or inside linebacker allowing him to use his agility and athleticism to tear through the lines.
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A nagging concern here is Landry’s measurable’s regarding his thin frame as he appears undersized for the position. Ideally, the magic is in an unblockable edge rusher, but for Landry he often allows larger edge blockers to block him outside of the reach to the quarterback and away from the run play rendering him a non-factor.
Even when he’s being pushed out of the play, Landry doesn’t consistently disengage from the blocker. Not only does this take the energy out of his burst off the line, but it allows the offensive lineman to dictate and bully him into a straight up and down hand fight. Landy also takes bad angles and key missed tackles for potential loss of yards when he has a scrambling quarterback in his grasps.
Deciding to return for his senior year was not only admirable but also a display of maturation as a leader, player, and student of the game. Landry played in only eight games in 2017, yet, still managed 8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks.
Acumen, intangibles combined with his athleticism definitely makes Landry worth the investment as he and his fans shouldn’t expect to wait longer than the end of the first round to find his next football home. Unfortunately, he won’t be wearing a Jets uniform in 2018 as the team traded up in the 2018 NFL Draft from the No. 6 overall pick to No. 3. They’ll more than likely use that pick on a quarterback instead of a defensive end.