As the NFL Draft steady approaches, Niners Live takes a closer look at Boston College pass-rusher Harold Landry; is he worthy of the ninth overall pick (assuming the 49ers don’t trade down)?
Why are we here?
In 2017, the 49ers had 30 total sacks (pedestrian like production) as a defense. The 49ers haven’t had an elite level pass-rusher since former 49er and ex-Oakland Raider Aldon Smith (2012, 19.5 sacks), and Andre Carter (2002, 12.5 sacks). To say the 49ers have a major need for an elite level pass-rusher, is an understatement. No pass-rusher, “no rings.”
Important to note: there’s a ten-year gap between the two pass rushers who were originally drafted by the 49ers.
Looking at Landry‘s career production
Harold Landry, OLB Boston College. 6’3”, 250 lbs., 21, Senior (Pro Football Focus grade of 83.9) is a pure pass-rusher with an extremely quick first step, playmaking ability, and a high motor (as seen in both videos from 2016 and 2017, respectively).
In his four-year career (38 total games played), he’s amassed 158 tackles, 48.0 for a loss, 25 sacks (five sacks in 2017), one interception, six passes defended and 10 forced fumbles.
Taking a Closer Look at Pass-Rusher Harold Landry
Landry is a pure pass-rusher (he feels he’s the best in the draft) with an explosive first step and the speed to get around the edge, while displaying fluid hips that allow him to bend at will. Landry can dip/get low under the shoulder pads of offensive tackles like it’s second nature.
Landry’s combine results.
In the above video, Landry talks how he had five sacks in six games in 2017 and was just hitting his stride by mid-season, before he was forced to miss the remainder of the year due to a severely hurt ankle (that he tried to play with but got rolled on the following week which made it worse).
The last thing that NFC West quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Jared Goff or any franchise quarterbacks playing in the NFC conference wants (or in the NFL in general), is to have Landry breathing down their necks on Sunday’s. Unlike edge rusher Marcus Davenport out of Texas-San Antonio, Landry faced stiffer competition during his collegiate career. If the 49ers are uncomfortable with taking Landry with the ninth overall pick, I’m perfectly fine with the team trading down a few spots to secure his services. To be continued.
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All records, statistics, and accolades are courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.com, Pro Football Focus, 49ers.com, ESPN.com, NFL.com unless otherwise indicated. Author, Content Creator, player break down specialist, Co-Editor, Sequoia Sims