2018 NFL Mock Draft: New York Jets 3-round mock 5.0

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 07: Harold Landry (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
CHESTNUT HILL, MA - OCTOBER 07: Harold Landry (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) /
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By trading back to No. 15, Harold Landry becomes a good, if not great value for the New York Jets. Landry may have some areas he needs to develop, but he’s the best pure pass rusher in this year’s class.

The Jets finished 28th in the NFL in 2017 with just 28 sacks and David Bass, who led all outside linebackers with just 3.5 sacks, is a free agent. Landry could help fix that lack of pressure on the opposing quarterback, whether or not Bass is re-signed.

Landry has the speed, quick twitch, and flexibility NFL scouts covet in pass rushers. He beats blockers with his explosive first step and dips under offensive linemen before they can get their hands on him.

Landry lacks an array of pass rush moves but those will come with time and coaching. He may be a situational pass rusher as a rookie but he’ll be a damn good one. As Landry develops more of a pass rush arsenal, he’ll become a defensive building block for the Jets along with Leonard Williams, Jamal Adams, and Marcus Maye.

If Landry puts everything together, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein sees a Pro Bowl-caliber player:

"Landry can get by as an NFL rusher with just speed and athleticism, but he has an opportunity to become a Pro Bowler if he can improve his hand usage and develop an inside counter."

Signing Kirk Cousins takes care of the Jets quarterback position, but they need to be able to get after the opposing quarterback. Harold Landry can do that all day long.