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Prospect Profile: Boston College LB Harold Landry

Harold Landry

Defensive end/edge rusher | Boston College | Senior

Height: 6-foot-3 | Weight: 252 pounds

College Stats

2017: Started nine games before suffering a season-ending ankle injury; 38 tackles (23 solo); 8.5 tackles for loss; 5.0 sacks; two passes broken up; named to the All-ACC Third-Team; honorable mention All-America selection by SBNation

Career: Started 31 of 47 games; 160 tackles (100 solo); one interception; 47.5 tackles for loss; 26 sacks; six passes broken up; 10 forced fumbles; third player in FBS since 2014 to notch a trio of three-sack games; ranks second in school history for career sacks and tackles for loss; named to the 2016 *Associated Press *All-America Second-Team; named to the 2016 All-ACC First-Team by *Associated Press *and Phil Steele; recipient of the 2016 Division I Gold Helmet of the Year and the George "Bulger" Lowe Award (Division I Player of the Year in New England)

Combine Results

40-yard dash: 4.64 seconds (fifth among edge rushers)
Bench press: 24 reps of 225 pounds (eighth among edge rushers)
Broad jump: 9 feet, 11 inches (tied for ninth among edge rushers)
Vertical jump: 36 inches (third among edge rushers)
3-cone drill: 6.88 seconds (tied for first among edge rushers)
20-yard shuttle: 4.19 seconds (tied for first among edge rushers)
60-yard shuttle: 11.35 seconds (first among edge rushers)

Profile

Summary:Landry earned Semper Fi All-America recognition as a senior at Fayetteville Pine Forest High School (North Carolina) and also received *Associated Press *All-State and First-Team All-Conference honors.

As a freshman at Boston College, Landry appeared in all 13 games. He impressed in his sophomore season, starting 11 of 12 games played, including nine consecutive to finish out the season, and earned All-ACC honorable mention recognition by coaches. He helped Boston College's defense rank No. 1 in FBS in total defense (254.3 yards per game) and tied for fourth in the ACC in forced fumbles. Landry started 12 of 13 games as a junior in 2016. He totaled 22 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks and forced seven fumbles that season and was part of a defensive line that was voted MVP of the Quick Lane Bowl.

According to his NFL.com Draft profile, Landry "uses loose hips and upper body turn to create an angular, leaning target that is hard to punch squarely" and has flexibility that allows him to drop under a tackle's hands and corner an opponent with a tight turn. He is lauded for his ability to "create strip sacks and battled balls with his long, active arms."

"Landry lacks premium size, but his burst, stride length and ability to dip and rip around the edge give him special potential as an edge rusher," said NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein. "Landry lacks strength at the point of attack and may be a designated pass rusher early in his career. While he can play standing for 3-4 teams, he's at his best with his hand in the dirt as a rusher. Landry can get by as an NFL rusher with just speed and athleticism, but he has an opportunity to become a Pro Bowler if he can improve his hand usage and develop an inside counter."

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Stacking up: NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks ranked Landry as the second-best prospect among outside linebackers before and after the combine. Fellow analyst Mike Mayock grouped his defensive players slightly differently; he initially tabbed Landry as the fourth-best edge rusher in this year's class but nudged him up to No. 3 after the combine. Daniel Jeremiah* *identified Landry as the 36th-best overall player, moving him up three spots. Jeremiah said that he sees Landry "as a fit for teams that employ a 3-4 defense and are looking for a pass-rush upgrade."

Comparisons to Miller:Landry has been compared to Broncos All-Pro and Super Bowl MVP Von Miller and was asked about the association by reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Landry called it "an incredible honor" to be included "in the same conversation" with Miller and added that he attempts to mold his game after three players.

"Von's ability to bend and just how versatile he is. He can do whatever his coaches ask him to do — drop into coverage, cover tight ends man-on-man and his ability to bend the corner," Landry said. "Another person is Khalil Mack (Raiders). I have been trying to implement that in my game the last couple of seasons, and I think it is coming along well. And then we all know Vic Beasley (Falcons) is just a freak athletically, and when it comes to working out, his goals are the ones I try and reach."

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