Once again the Titans traded up in the draft, and once again they picked up a solid defensive player. Harold Landry could be an absolute steal as he was seen as one of the top EDGE rushers of the draft class.
The Titans moved up to take the Raiders 41st overall pick in exchange for the 57th overall pick and the Titans 3rd round 89th overall pick. A seemingly small price to pay to pick up a player of Landry’s caliber. Landry was projected by many to be the Titans first round pick at pick 25. The Titans were in dire need of a pass rusher as aging veterans Morgan and Orakpo are both in the final years of their respective contracts and with Kevin Dodd looking more and more like a bust. Landry will inject some much needed speed and youth into the pass rushing core. Although he will probably need a year before becoming a starter, he will likely get reps in passing schemes this season before likely taking over for one of the two veterans full time for the 2019 season.
Landry had an excellent junior season at Boston College where he led the nation with 16.5 sacks and 7 forced fumbles. He battled injuries senior year only picking up 5 sacks, yet he still flashed signs of his incredible speed and athleticism, justifying himself as one of the top draft prospects. The Titans should be very excited to have the gifted pass rusher in the organization moving forward.