It’s no secret that the Buccaneers are in need of a much better pass rush in 2018. We have well-documented how poorly they got after the quarterback last season finishing last in sacks.
Having already addressed this area in free agency by signing Vinny Curry from the Eagles and also trading for Jason Pierre-Paul from the Giants, Tampa Bay does not have the same need at number seven overall for a defensive end.
However, if as expected North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb is taken early, and there are possible trade partner’s looking to get the Bucs 7th pick for a remaining quarterback, then whom might the Buccaneers look at in the mid-to-late first-round for more pass rush help?
We have written previously about UT-San Antonio’s Marcus Davenport, who is expected to be a top 15, if not a top-10 pick now himself. There is another name that has emerged in recent days and weeks and that is Boston College defensive end Harold Landry.
While Landry’s numbers last season for the Eagles we’re not the same as his tremendous 2016 (16.5 sacks), he is still viewed as one of the best available pass rushers in this draft. He also suffered from an injured ankle that cost him either most or all of five games at the end of 2017.
The NFL Network recently talked one-on-one with Landry about his workout regime’ and his draft status rising:
— NFL (@NFL) April 11, 2018
Obviously working out with the soldiers at Fort Bragg and displaying what he could do at the combine and recently at B.C.’s pro day, has caught the eye of some.
In fact, this list of NFL Network draft analysts recent mock drafts all believe Bryant is in line right behind Chubb and Davenport and will go somewhere from 15-25 in the first round, now.
Back to the Bucs. Much like their second round pick two years ago, Noah Spence, Bryant is a little underweight at around 255 pounds. So, that is obviously a concern for playing every down at the next level. However, one look at his game tapes and highlights over the last couple of seasons, and they show the potential and speed off the edge that the Buccaneers are also seeking.
Clearly, Tampa Bay has multiple needs and they very well may hang on to the #7 pick. And, that likely won’t be Landry there, because it’s too high for him, and Davenport is viewed as the better player.
But, if the Bucs moved out to the middle or beyond of the first round, while accumulating more number one picks for this year and next year, etc., then Landry could very well make sense for them or someone else.
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