Not many true freshman can jump into the SEC and make an immediate impact. Laron Landry was able to do just that. As a freshman, he made 80 tackles and picked off two passes. He took another step up as a sophomore, and had a career high 92 tackles and four interceptions. Heading into his junior season, he had the NFL on his mind, but did not let that effect him. He finished the year with 69 tackles and three interceptions, earning various All American honors in the process. Landy finished his career with another standout season, finishing with 68 tackles, 3.5 for loss, one sack, and two picks.
Landry is an excellent free safety prospect. He is long and lean, and can match up with any receiver down the field in coverage. He is a great cover safety, and his combination of height and athleticism allow him to make plays on the ball, as well as keeping his man from hauling in the pass. Landry is not just a cover guy though, as he will attack the line of scrimmage and stick his nose in on running plays. He has experience in college at all secondary spots, so he brings the added versatility of being able to shift around to create different mismatches.
It is difficult to knock Landry, because he is a truly elite safety talent. If pressed, he may be a little too aggressive at times trying to make the big play.
There’s not much to dislike about Landry. His talent, instincts, and experience make him an excellent prospect. He is a rare safety that could land in the Top 10 and be a playmaker from Day 1.