The Packers need an EDGE rusher. Pass rushing has been lacking in the mediocre Packers defense for quite some time now. When a defense isn’t getting it done up front, it puts pressure on your secondary to hold down the defense, and we all know the secondary in Green Bay has been lackluster at best. In order to start rebuilding this defense, you have to start with the big boys up front. You have to get those playmakers who are able to cause havoc on every single play. Look no further than Boston College’s Harold Landry. He has been able to do just that for the BC Eagles. Playing in the ACC, Landry was able to compete against some of the countries best offenses. Teams like Miami, Clemson, Florida State, and Louisville are all great teams that Landry has been able to face off against.
He is able to get to the quarterback with ease. Look no further than his 2016 season when Landry recorded 16.5 sacks. That was good for best in the country. He also is able to get to the ball with ease. He forced seven fumbles in that same season, with ten throughout his career at BC. Landry also has some of the longest arms out of anyone in this draft class. That means he has a better chance of batting balls down at the line, forcing fumbles, and has a great tackling radius.
He lacks in size compared to a typical defensive end. His arms do compensate for being 6’3” but he only weighs 250. One of the Packers current defensive ends, Dean Lowry, is close to 300. If Landry wants to continue to play defensive end, he may need to put on some weight. Landry also needs to learn some advanced rushing moves. He relies on his opening speed to get past offensive linemen. If he wants to be successful in the NFL, he needs to acquire an assortment of rushing moves to attack the quarterback effectively.
When will he be drafted?
Many mock drafts have him going in the mid-late first round. I expect him to go on day one barring a bad day at the combine and/or Boston College’s pro day. Considering he will be going later in the draft, it may take a trade down to get Landry. However, the Packers will get a lot of interest for their 14th pick. Teams who may want to trade up for a quarterback may be calling the Packers and asking what it takes to get that pick. If the Packers slide down, the chances of Landry being taken considerably go up.
How does he fit on the Packers?
Landry will be an immediate impact player no matter the position he plays at. Whether it’s at defensive end or outside linebacker, Landry may not start, but he will get a lot of playing time. The Packers desperately need EDGE pressure, Landry will bring that to the table.