Throughout the summer, National Scout Jon Ledyard, Assistant Director Joe Marino and Scouting Director Kyle Crabbs will be conducting summer assessments on 99 notable senior prospects. Of these 99 seniors, the 33 most prominent will be covered by all three analysts.Of the remaining 66, each of the three analysts has “drafted” 22 of them to scout exclusively.
This serves as the foundation for our 2018 draft assessments.
Assessment by Kyle Crabbs
Name: Harold Landry
School: Boston College
Position: EDGE Defender
Date of Birth: 06/05/1996
High School: Pine Forest (NC)
Games played: 38
Games started: 23
Team Captain: No
122 total tackles, 21.0 sacks, 39.0 tackles for loss (TFL)
High School Accolades
Consensus 3-star defensive end prospect. 2013 Semper Fi All-America honors. AP All-State. 2013 first team all-conference. 2013 Mid-South Defensive Player of the Year. 2012 second-team All-Conference. Turned down offers from Clemson, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee, among others.
Walter Camp All-America Second Team. AP All-America Second Team. All-ACC Second Team (coaches and media). AP and Phil Steele All-ACC First Team. Boston College sacks single season record with 16.5.
Games watched: Buffalo (2016), Clemson (2016), Louisville (2016), Florida State (2016)
Has a great first step; both in regard to snap anticipation and explosiveness in order to coil and explode off of the snap. Gains a great deal of ground when working from a three point stance, especially in obvious passing situations. Compliments initial quickness with short area agility and the movement skills needed to diminish surface area and force poor punches from Offensive Tackles. Has a good motor, works hard off the back side to get into Running Backs’ hip pocket and challenge. Has good mirror skills working as an option defender to get immediate width or crash down to challenge on the play side. Is very slippery; difficult to corral and offers a significant challenge to mirror and keep out of the play.
Does not have high end length; wins with more finesse and working around contact as compared to establishing a first punch and then stacking to separate and continue into pursuit. Hands are violent only in pass rush counters, when asked to attack blockers head up and take on a block does not inspire with ability to reset the line of scrimmage. Functional strength and ability to hold ground in drive block situations is still a significant question mark. Doesn’t have the desired ability to hold ground in the running game, so must be used as a slash and penetration defender only. Would like to see some added weight on frame as well to both increase functional strength and ensure durability, but doing so puts sustainability of athletic traits in question.
Defensive End Harold Landry enters his final season with the Eagles program as one of the hottest names in NFL Draft circles. The 6’3, 250 lb Landry showcases many traits that will move the needle for NFL coaches and evaluators alike: he’s twitchy, bendy and showcases a good nose for countering Offensive Tackles once getting to his landmarks as a pass rusher. Landry is a splash player all around, he’s able to consistently influence the play with his burst and crafty skills slipping through small creases at the line of scrimmage. Landry plays with an impressive motor, even in game situations in which the score has gotten away from Boston College. That relentless approach will do him many favors both in 2017 and beyond. Provided Landry stays healthy, expect him to be a player that lands in the EDGE 2-5 range on many draft boards come next spring. He doesn’t necessarily check “all the boxes” due to his wiry frame and lack of traditional anchor skills, but his pass rush acumen is going to have him very high up on draft boards next year.