Harold Landry, OLB from Boston College stands 6’3 and 250 pounds. In 2016 he tallied 51 tackles, (34 of them being solo) 22 for loss, and 16.5 sacks, 1 interception, 4 pass breakups and 7 force fumbles. I’d call that a good season.
Landry is a natural pass rusher, He has an explosive first step and can truly natually bend at the top of his pass rush. (Von Miller and Mack do this very well) He’s very loose and fluid in his motion and hips, which allows him to get to the quarterback quickly once he turns the corner. He also has an explosive up-and-under move to create pressure. His ability to finish is something great. He can adjust his path as the result of quarterback movement in the pocket, and he’s always attempting to swipe the ball away on contact to force a turnover. Landry also has a very good motor and doesn’t stop on a play just cause it’s going opposite of him.
Landry is a dynamic backside run defender. He closed the back door several times against Dalvin Cook in the FSU game. He gives great effort to chase plays from behind. He flashes the ability to hold the point of attack on the front side. His instincts are amazing (The interception vs. Maryland in the bowl game). He plays defensive end in Boston Colleges scheme but I can easily see him being a OLB as well in 3-4 defenses.
Landry Vs. Clemson 2016:
Very first offensive play for Watson and the Tigers is a pass, Landry comes off the edge vs the (RT) Landry gives the (RT) A simple little hand swipe move and forces Watson to throw it underneath as he gets the pressure and hit. In the redzone later in the drive. Landry holds down inside containment vs Watson has he keeps the option to run. Landry get’s help from a corner who forces Watson inside to him and helps makes the tackle. Early in the 2nd quarter Landry again vs the (RT) Bends very low at the hips, got around the corner to sack and strip fumble Watson. A negative I saw was on an option play Watson gave it to Cain to run and Landry closed to far inside giving a big hole off to the right side of the line. Now Landry didn’t give up on the play as he turned around and helped run him down to get in on the tackle. Later in the 4th Landry was able to beat the (RT) on a power move to start but then changed to a swim under to get in and knock Watson’s arm to cause the pass to go incomplete. Later in that same drive Landry did a great inside move to for a tackle for loss on the play. ( Made it look easy )
Some negatives I did see was on what I would call half the plays vs the (LT) Landry did have trouble getting away and shedding the block, Rather it be against pass protection or run. But he showed very good skill and pursuit on several plays. 1 play he ran down Watson to the sideline and stopped him for only a gain of about 1. I really liked how he got his hands up in the air if he wasn’t able to get to the quarterback. Stats for the game, 5 Solo tackles, 1 assisted tackle for 6 total tackles. 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 pass deflection and 1 force fumble. Overall Grade: B+