Tennessee Titans finally have a blue-chip pass rusher in Harold Landry

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Looking back at the 2018 NFL Draft, it is incredible that the Tennessee Titans were in a position to draft Harold Landry in the second round.

While everyone criticized the fact that the Titans only ended up with four draft picks in that class, the hit rate for that class is still above average.

First-round pick Rashaan Evans was a good fit for the defense Dean Pees was using, and he might be starting to figure out the Shane Bowen defense in his second year. On Day 3 the Titans found Dane Cruikshank is coming off of the best game of his career after he locked up Travis Kelce.

They also added some nice UDFAs in names like Cameron Batson, Sharif Finch, and Aaron Stinnie.

However, the crown jewel of that class was Harold Landry who is starting to break away from the rest of the 2018 NFL Draft class.

Harold Landry’s career with the Tennessee Titans

Landry is having a breakout season this year. He is second in the NFL with 7.5 sacks and he has had sacks in four straight games.

However, the reason he is going to get a big deal this offseason (hopefully from the Tennessee Titans) is that he has been good his entire career but people haven’t really appreciated him. Look at how his career stacks up against his contemporaries.

This may finally be the season where the Tennessee Titans have a Pro Bowl EDGE who truly warrants that respect because he does everything well. That is something they haven’t had since Brian Orakpo and it is something they have desperately needed.

Landry is just 25 years old and he still has upside that no one has seen yet, so keep an eye on him as the season goes on. At this point, it is going to be expensive for any team to sign him to a long-term deal in free agency whether it is the Titans or someone else. So kick back and enjoy the guaranteed season that he has left with the Tennessee Titans and celebrate the success.

Finally, remember that Harold Landry hasn’t always gotten the credit he deserves and smart people have been down on him because he “wasn’t doing enough” in previous seasons. Hold Landry up as an example of why Tennessee Titans fans have to be patient as they watch these young players develop. Landry joins a long list including Derrick Henry, Kevin Byard, Corey Davis, Kristian Fulton, David Long, Jayon Brown, etc., that just needed a little time to really start making a big impact on the NFL.