Meet the Prospect: Harold Landry
March 23, 2018 10:47 AM | Tim Twentyman
Name: Harold Landry

Position: Pass rusher

School: Boston College

Ht/Wt: 6-3, 252

40 dash: 4.64

Bench: 24 reps

Vertical: 36.0 inches

Broad: 119.0 inches

3-cone: 6.88 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.19 seconds

How he fits: The talented pass rusher broke out during the 2016 season, finishing in the top five nationally with 22 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles.

His 2017 numbers were down considerably after playing in just eight games due to an ankle injury. He had five sacks in his first six games before suffering the injury and being shut down two weeks later after trying to play through it.

Landry's game is all about quickness, bend and change of direction. He's not the biggest pass rusher, but he's got an explosive first step. The great thing about Landry is that he fits both in a 3-4 or 4-3. He actually played more in the 4-3 with his hand in the dirt in college.

Lions defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni was Landry's defensive line coach the past two seasons at Boston College. He knows better than anyone what Landry's strengths and weaknesses are, and whether he's a fit in Detroit or not.

Key observations: Landry set the Boston College single-season record with 16.5 sacks in 2016. His 47.5 career tackles-for-loss rank second in BC history, while the 22.0 he had in 2016 were second all-time in one season.

What they had to say about him: "Landry is an undersized edge rusher. At BC, he was deployed as a hand-in-the-ground defensive end and a stand-up outside linebacker. Against the pass, he lacks an elite get-off, but he has a variety of hand moves and bends really well coming off the corner. He's very successful when he bends/rips/flattens to the quarterback. He also has the ability to widen and convert speed to power against opposing tackles.

"His effort is excellent. He was an outstanding finisher in 2016 but fell off of a few sacks in 2017. He's inconsistent against the run. He flashes the quickness to cross the face of blockers and collect tackles, but once engaged, he struggles to get off blocks. He needs to get stronger. I see Landry as a fit for teams that employ a 3-4 defense and are looking for a pass-rush upgrade. He has some similarities to Dee Ford coming out of Auburn." -- Daniel Jeremiah

How he stacks up: NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock lists Landry as the No. 3 edge rusher available in the draft after Bradley Chubb (NC State) and Marcus Davenport (UTSA). Scout's Inc. lists him as the third best outside linebacker available.

Landry comes in at No. 25 on Mel Kiper Jr.'s Big Board. He's ranked the No. 33 overall prospect by Scouts Inc. and Jeremiah list Landry as the No. 39 overall prospect in the draft.

What he had to say: "I think that nobody in this class has a first step like mine, the bend like mine and the burst to the quarterback like me," Landry said at the Combine. "I am not saying I am perfect, there are plenty of things I can improve on in my game, but in this draft, I do believe I am the best pass rusher."

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