Rookie of the Year: Harold Landry (6 votes)
For the first and last time, all of our writers were on the same page for an award. Of the four drafted rookies and numerous undrafted free agents, only Harold Landry has consistently stood out during training camp and preseason action.
First-round LB Rashaan Evans has spent most of training camp and the preseason dealing with a mysterious injury. Meanwhile, Dane Cruikshank has received substantial playing time behind Kenny Vaccaro and Kevin Byard, but a shoulder injury during preseason action slowed him down. Tennessee’s final selection, Luke Falk, is no longer on the team.
Thus far, Landry, the first round talent that slipped all the way to the middle of the second, has been the only bright spot in Tennessee’s small rookie class. For a team that lacked a long-term solution at the EDGE position, Landry falling into the second round was a godsend, and our writers agree.
Dobbins cites the strip sack against Packers QB Brett Hundley as a sign of things to come: “Landry came off the edge with speed and his ability to dip and bend his body to get past the tackle with ease should have fans in Tennessee ecstatic.” Wodner and Sanders anticipate Landry making a huge impact as a rotational pass rusher this season. Lombardi even speculates that Landry could already be the best pure pass rusher on the roster.
Landry’s potential both this season and in years to come has Titans fans and our staff raving about the young Boston College prospect. If Landry can continue to build on his stellar training camp and preseason, he will be considered one of the biggest steals of the draft.
Others Receiving Votes: None