The Tennessee Titans traded up once again to the top of the second round to secure Boston College EDGE Harold Landry.
Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson has cemented his place in the Hall of Fame. Okay, maybe not yet, but he is on course. A day after solidifying the inside linebacker position by trading up for Alabama LB Rashaan Evans, Robinson traded up again for free-falling Boston College EDGE Harold Landry. The Titans gave up their third round pick this year in order to move up to No. 41.
Widely considered one of the best defensive prospects in the draft, Landry fell due to some teams having him medically flagged and others being concerned about his production in his final Boston College season. During Landry’s final season, he was plagued by a bothersome ankle injury that limited him from having the type of impact he showed he was capable of in 2016.
During the 2016 season, Landry had one of the best collegiate seasons by a pass-rusher in the modern era. He racked up 16.5 sacks, 22.0 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, four pass deflections and an interception.
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When he was healthy in college, Landry showcased an insane ability to easily bend around offensive linemen on his way to the quarterback. He’s agile and quick when pass-rushing and uses his hands very well to disengage from blockers. In addition, he is an adept run defender who can be coached up at the next level to be a stalwart in run defense.
EDGE was one of the main needs for the Titans coming into the draft. With Derrick Morgan and Brian Orakpo heading into the twilight of their careers and the EDGE position a bit scarce on the depth chart, Robinson made a huge move to secure an immediate contributor and a future starter in Landry.
With Evans and Landry in tow, the Titans have addressed their two biggest needs in less than 24 hours. Unfortunately, the Titans gave up their third and fourth round picks in order to secure both players. It’ll be a long while before the Titans pick again in this draft, but their first two picks can turn them into a Super Bowl contender.