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.
Scout: Joe Marino
Name: Harold Landry
Position: Edge Defender
Date of Birth: 6/5/1996
College: Boston College
High School: Pine Forest (North Carolina)
Games Played: 38
Games Started: 23
Production: 122 tackles, 21 sacks, 39 tackles-for-loss, 10 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery.
High School: 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.
College: 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.
Strengths: Explosive first step and ability to gain ground quickly out of his stance. Quick burst puts stress on the offensive tackle to keep up and challenge landmarks along the edge track. Does well to use his hands to attack the blocker to find rush angles. Quick and compact dip and rip and chop-dip. Understands the importance of keeping the blockers hands off him and knows how to counter. Has the flexibility to corner and carry speed through tight angles. Plays with a consistently hot motor. Good backside run defender that keeps his shoulders square and works down the line of scrimmage. Maintains outside leverage against outside zone. Has the lateral movements skills to work to the sideline to contain bootlegs/roll outs and perimeter runs.
Weaknesses: Does not set a firm edge and is more of a slasher against the run. Shows little in terms of speed to power conversion. Wins with twitch and finesse but doesn’t appear to have standout length.
Summary: As a junior, Harold Landry led the nation in sacks and set the Boston College single-season record. Back for his senior season, high expectations surround the talented Eagle.
As the numbers indicate, Landry is an exceptional pass rusher. Able to get after the quarterback with explosive burst, flexibility and hand technique, Landry is capable of wrecking game plans. His motor is relentless and his quickness is handful for offensive lineman to keep up with.
Against the run, Landry is more of a slasher and lacks the ideal frame and functional strength to routinely set the edge and reset the line of scrimmage. With that said, he shows comfort in space and defending on the backside.
While he doesn’t quite check every box, Landry excels in the most important areas and has the makings of a high first-round selection next spring.
Predicted Value Range: First Round