Pro Football Focus is known as one of the leading authorities on the productivity of football players.
So when they say something about a specific player, good or bad, it’s probably wise to listen up.
Recently, PFF focused on the Titans’ small, but impressive, 2018 draft class.
Here’s the full article. It’s worth checking out.
The thing that stood out to me the most was their praise for Tennessee’s second round selection — Harold Landry.
PFF described Landry, who was their top rated edge defender, as an incredible value (most mock drafts had him going in the first round) who “has the tools to be a three-down edge defender in the NFL”.
He can bend the edge like no other in the draft class and has the athleticism and burst to get off against even the most athletic tackles.
Bend the edge like no other in the draft class???
For the record, the fifth overall selection in the draft (NC State’s Bradley Chubb to the Denver Broncos), was an edge rusher.
It’s simply stunning that Jon Robinson was able to land a player with the potential of Landry in the second round.
The only reason he fell as far as he did was because of the injuries that slowed down his 2017 campaign at Boston College.
Landry proved in 2016, by compiling 16.5 sacks and 50 total tackles, that he’s an elite pass rusher (he only had two games in 2016 where he didn’t register a tackle for loss). The fact that Landry was hampered by some injuries in 2017 (a season that saw him collect five sacks in eight games) shouldn’t have caused him to fall out of the first round.
But the Titans are certainly happy he did. It allowed them to address their two biggest perceived needs (linebacker and edge rusher) in the draft.
Robinson is really starting to look like the smartest general manager in the league.
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