The Tennessee Titans are hoping they struck gold with their second round selection of Boston College edge rusher Harold Landry.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson traded up to the 41st pick to land Landry, a player most analysts thought would go in the mid to late first round.
If NFL analyst Greg Cosell is correct in his assessment of Landry, then the Titans will be extremely happy they made the decision to trade up to land the former All-ACC defender.
.@gregcosell on @Midday180: @HaroldLandry is a bender, and they didn’t have a bender. Burst, bend, flatten, close. Challenge the edge, stress an OT. Reminds me a little of Robert Quinn. Needs to work on hands, which Vrabel will be good help with. #Titans
— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) May 3, 2018
I’m pretty sure the Titans would be thrilled to get Robert Quinn like production out of Landry.
Especially after getting basically nothing out of 2016 second round pick Kevin Dodd.
What should the Titans expect?
Quinn, who was drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft by the St Louis Rams, didn’t put up mesmerizing college stats. He had 11 sacks as a sophomore at North Carolina, but he missed his junior season after he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA.
Landry, by comparison, put up 16.5 sacks as a junior. He only had 3.5 sacks as a senior, but he also missed four games.
It’s possible that Quinn, a Pro-Bowler in 2013 and 2014, could’ve ended up having a “letdown” season as a junior and dropped in the 2011 draft (just as Landry dropped in the 2018 draft). But that wouldn’t have changed his stellar NFL career.
Quinn had a 19 sack season in 2013, which was sandwiched between two 10.5 sack seasons.
The former Tar Heel missed extended time in 2015 and 2016, but he showed signs of his former self in 2017 with 8.5 sacks in 15 games.
If the Titans can get similar production from Landry (40 sacks over three seasons), then Tennessee fans should be absolutely ecstatic.
The good news for the Titans is that Landry will have some time to develop. He’ll play behind Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo in 2018, which should provide him with the experience needed to make a major impact in 2019.
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