Harold Landry is out to prove hes the be

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    Boston Colleges Harold Landry did two of the NFLs greatest pa s-rushers proud on their former home turf.Landrys NFL Scouting Combine performance in the three-cone drill at Lucas Oil Stadium evoked memories of the days when Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis tormented quarterbacks for the Indianapolis Colts.The event is meant to test change of direction by having participants maneuver around Lavonte David Jerseythree cones arranged in an L shape. The player runs five yards from the starting line to the first cone and heads back. He then turns, runs around the second cone, weaves around the third cone (the high point of the L), changes direction again to come back around the second cone, and then cro ses the finish line.NFL COMBINE: Risers and fallers from IndianapolisThe drill, which Landry described as doing a twist, turn and running hoops, helps NFL scouting staffs a se s whether the player po se ses the same physical tools Freeney and Mathis used to compensate for having le ser size and weight than standard 4-3 defensive ends. Both rank in the NFL's top 20 all time individually after having compiled a combined total of 248.5 career sacks.It shows how explosive you are, and there's a change-of-direction portion in that drill, Landry told co-host Kirk Morrison and me Monday night on SiriusXM NFL Radio. It also shows how bending doesnt slow me down. I can still keep running at full speed while bending.It definitely displays the athletic ability I have when it comes to rushing the pa ser.History has shown that the time Landry posted Sunday may be a harbinger of his own NFL succe s.According to Pro Football Focus, only six defensive linemen of 250-plus pounds drafted in the first round this century finished the Combine three-cone drill in le s than seven seconds (Freeney and Mathis didnt participate during their respective draft years).The list features a future Pro Football Hall of Fame selection (DeMarcus Ware), a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (J.J. Watt Game Jameis Winston White Jersey ) and three more of todays top pa s-rushers in Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa and T.J. Watt.It also now includes the 6-2, 253-pound Landry. He tied with le s-heralded prospect Kylie Fitts of Utah for the best three-cone drill of all Combine defensive line participants at 6.88 seconds.MOCK DRAFT: Trades shake up Round 1Not only is any mark under seven seconds considered superlative it helped contribute to David Pollack becoming a 2005 first-round pick by Cincinnati before his career was ended by a neck injury but Landry believes he could have posted even better times in the three-cone drill as well as the 20- and 60-yard shuttle runs if given a second chance.I dont know what happened but we only ended up getting one rep, Landry said. I thought I had a pretty good showing, but by my standards Even had he timed quicker on another go-around, Landry still tied with Fitts in the 20-yard shuttle at 4.19 seconds and led all defensive linemen in the 60-yard shuttle at 11.35 seconds. Landry was especially proud of his 36-inch vertical jump after leaping in the low 30s at the beginning of his Combine training. His 40-yard dash (4.64 seconds), bench pre s (24 reps of 225 pounds) and broad jump (9 feet, 11 inches) ranked in the top nine of his position group.Just as important, Landry showed no ill effects from the ankle injury that prematurely ended what proved to be a disappointing 2017 campaign. His sack total dropped to Mike Glennon Jersey five after he notched a school-record 16.5 the previous season.Landry said he was just getting into midseason form with a three-sack performance against Virginia Tech when he suffered a Grade 2 high ankle sprain late in the game. Landry tried playing through the injury for two more games before being forced to mi s Boston College's final five contests, including the Pinstripe Bowl against Iowa.By that time in late December, Landry already had turned his sights toward the NFL. He considered turning pro after his junior season but decided to return primarily in hopes of raising his projected draft stock into the first round.While his on-field production dipped, Landry did benefit from getting a chance to work for a second season with renowned defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni."He was a big technician and fundamentals guy," Landry said of Pasqualoni. "He definitely made you pay attention to the small details because if you do a lot of the small things right it will add up."Pasqualoni, who left Boston College last month to join the staff of new Lions head coach Matt Patricia, cro sed paths with Landry again last week when Detroit conducted a formal Combine interview. Landry, though, admits he had a far more memorable se sion with another potential suitor.Thats because Doug Kwon Alexander Red Game Jersey Williams the former Super Bowl-winning Washington quarterback-turned-team personnel executive was part of the Redskins contingent.Me and my dad were Redskins fans forever, Landry said with excitement in his voice.Fortunately for Landry, the Redskins and Lions are two teams in need of pa s-rush help. There were formal meetings with 24 other teams as well, Landry said.NFL DRAFT: Shaquem Griffin won't be denied his dreamsWhat also could help elevate Landrys standing is the lack of edge-rushers in free agency, which could force needy franchises to addre s the position early in the draft. Landry said he cant wait to prove I am the best pa s-rusher in this draft cla s.I think that a lot of people and I really mean this talk about my athletic ability and the L drill and pa s-rush ability, he said. But I think the thing that sets me apart from some of the other guys is just my mindset and approach to the game. You can ask anybody close to me, really. All I care about is my family and football.Going into the league, Im definitely going to be one of those guys in my rookie year with a chip on my shoulder. After having my junior year and going Josh Freeman Jersey into my senior year and getting injured, some people question whether I was still the same player. I think I answered that question at the Combine with the way I performed.If nothing else, Landrys L earned him an A for effort and continued his momentum heading toward the draft in late April.Alex Marvez can be heard from 7-11 p.m. ET Tuesday and 8-11 a.m. ET Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
     

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