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Derek Landri

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 288 | College: Notre Dame
 
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Overview

Landri might lack the size and bulk of a classic nose guard, but his ability to slant, loop or take angles into the backfield saw him register 34.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and 10.5 quarterback sacks during his 47-game Irish career.

The unquestioned leader of the Irish defensive line, he shows no ill effects from a left shoulder injury and a left ankle compound fracture that prevented him from playing when he first arrived on campus in 2002. Proving he can play through pain, Landri went on to start 37 consecutive contests before hanging up his Notre Dame helmet after the 2007 Sugar Bowl.

Landri was the third De La Salle High School player to ever receive California Player of the Year honors, joining D.J. Williams (1999) and Amani Toomer (1991). Other previous winners include John Elway, Marcus Allen, Charles White, Pat Haden and Mike Garrett. A first-team USA Today and Parade All-American, Landri was rated as the top lineman in the country by Parade. He rated fifth on the CNNSI.com top 101 prospects list and was listed 48th nationally on The Sporting News' Hot 101 list.

He was rated the 51st player nationally by the Chicago Sun-Times and earned first-team Las Vegas Sun Super 11 squad accolades. Landri was also named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West team and was a first-team offensive lineman on the Student Sports All-American squad. In addition to being chosen California's Mr. Football State Player of the Year by CalHiSports.com, he was a first-team All-State selection and State Lineman of the Year for 2001 by that publication.

Landri recorded 130 tackles (55 solos) and 9.5 sacks as a defensive lineman (in 32 quarters of play) as senior in 2001 on a defensive unit that gave up only six touchdowns all season. The team posted a 12-0 record that year and was the consensus national prep champion. He helped De La Salle win the California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section 4A crown (its 10th straight) by virtue of 54-15, 45-0 and 48-13 victories in playoff action.

His De La Salle team won the Student Sports national championship for third time in four years and he was a starter in 37 consecutive games to end his career, helping De La Salle improve its overall winning streak to a national high school record 125 consecutive games through 2001 -- including 10 consecutive unbeaten seasons. As a junior, he made 80 tackles, 17 sacks and knocked down 12 passes in 2000. He was also a three-year starter on offense.

A left ankle compound fracture in March and left shoulder surgery in October prevented Landri from playing for Notre Dame upon his arrival on campus as a freshman in 2002. He played in 10 games in 2003, starting his first career contest against Washington State at nose guard before performing in reserve action the rest of the year. He would go on to record 13 tackles (seven solos) with four stops for losses and a fumble recovery in close to 74 minutes of action.

As a sophomore, Landri took over nose guard chores, starting all 12 games. He was in on 40 tackles (19 solos), assisted on a sack and made seven stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also batted down four passes, caused a fumble and recovered another.

Landri extended his consecutive-game starting streak to 24 in 2005. He ranked second among the team's down linemen with 43 tackles (16 solos) while producing three sacks, eight stops for losses and seven quarterback pressures. He also deflected two passes.

He earned All-Major Independent honors while pushing his consecutive starts to 37 in 2006. Landri ranked fourth on the team with 65 tackles (34 solos), second with seven sacks and led the Irish with 15.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He set a school single-season record by blocking four kicks and had four pressures with a pass deflection.

In 47 games at Notre Dame, Landri started 38 times. He produced 161 tackles (76 solos) with 10.5 sacks for minus-68 yards and 34.5 stops for losses totaling 136 yards. He was credited with 11 quarterback pressures and four blocked kicks. He recovered two fumbles, caused another and deflected eight passes.

Analysis

Positives: Has a compact frame with good overall body thickness and can carry at least another 25 pounds of bulk without it affecting his quickness … Has wide hips, a big bubble, thick thighs and calves … Tough and aggressive bull rusher who compensates for a lack of ideal size and bulk by executing proper angles to the ball … Not a two-gap type because of size issues and is best served when making plays on the move, as he has the short-area quickness to slant or loop into the backfield … Has the sudden burst off the snap to surprise a lethargic blocker, executing a quick rip/arm moves to shed blocks and close on the pocket … More of a bull rusher type with limited lateral range, but plays with good urgency and field vision, as he is rarely caught out of position when working at the point of attack … Effective on stunts, playing with his hand down wide to the open side to get after the quarterback quickly … Has the agility to make plays in short-area pursuit and an explosive initial burst … Has a good feel for block pressure and is quick to recognize the play as it develops … Can stack in isolated situations, but gets his best production when slanting down the line … Has effective inside counter moves off his up field rush and is relentless in pursuit … Flashes quick cross-face action and hand usage in attempts to disengage and usually keeps his feet free on the move … When he keeps his pad level down, he can gain leverage to prevent blockers from containing him, but needs to keep his hands active to gain separation and compensate for a lack of size … Has the short-area quickness to flash and create problems on the bull rush in attempts to penetrate the line, collapse the pocket and pressure the quarterback … High intensity wrap-up tackler who makes plays simply on effort … Lacks the bulk to stone the bigger offensive linemen, but will face up and try to out-muscle his man … Lacks the speed to be an effective edge rusher, but does show an array of pass rush moves and plays until the whistle.

Negatives: Has functional lateral range, but limited flexibility on the move to make tackles outside of the box … Demonstrates a strong hand punch, but lacks proper placement and quickness shooting them (will short arm and leave his chest exposed, making him susceptible from being washed out on combo blocks) … Has a strong anchor, but due to size and bulk issues, he will fail to defeat double teams and then gets ridden out of the play … Gets a bit reckless at times, over-pursuing the play due to his intent on destroying the quarterback, and doesn't have the loose hips to quickly redirect … His size and lack of bulk could pose problems in a 4-3 defense, limiting him to one-gap duties or playing under tackle in a situational scheme … Despite his power, he needs to use his arms better when disengaging from blockers … His struggles handling combination blocks will see him losing balance when having to move laterally and he is just marginal making plays in space, as he doesn't use his hands well to separate from blocks on the move … Has had shoulder problems in the past and though they have subsided in recent years, further medical evaluation might be warranted … Lacks the long arms (30-inch length) to reach, pull and drag down blockers.

Compares To: DAN KLECKO-Indianapolis … Landri is taller than Klecko, but both have size issues that will prevent them from playing in a classic base defense. Landri's lack of bulk prevents him from splitting double teams and he needs to slant and take proper angles in order to make backfield plays. He is a strong player, but that power is negated when he short-arms, as this prevents him from separating from blocks on the move. He doesn't have the speed to drop back in pass coverage as a potential middle linebacker and while he needs to add more bulk, it will impact his adequate quickness. He is a relentless pass rusher, who some might liken more to Baltimore's Kelly Gregg, but outside of the same fire in the belly, Landri lacks the bulk and brute strength Gregg displays. As a one-gap or under tackle, he could prove decent depth on a roster.

Career Notes

Ranks ninth in school history with 34.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, topped by

Ross Browner (77, 1973, 1975-77), Anthony Weaver (42, 1998-2001), Justin Tuck (42, 2002-04), Walt Patulski (40, 1969-71), Victor Abiamiri (40, 2003-06), Courtney Watson (39, 2000-03), Scott Zettek (38, 1976-80) and Brandon Hoyte (36, 2002-05) … His 15.5 tackles for losses in 2006 rank 11th on the school's single-season record list … Set an Irish single-season record by blocking four kicks in 2006 … Became just the second player in NCAA history to block a pair of extra-attempts in the same game (North Carolina in 2006), joining Nigel Codrington of Rice, who blocked two in 1988 against Notre Dame at Notre Dame Stadium.

2006 Season

All-Major Independent first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report … Started all year at nose guard/right defensive tackle, logging 295:13 minutes of playing time … Led the team with 15.5 stops for losses of 80 yards and ranked second with seven sacks for minus 53 yards … Finished fourth on the squad with a career-high 65 tacklers (34 solos) and added four quarterback pressures … Deflected one pass and blocked a school single-season record four kicks.

2006 Game Analysis

Georgia Tech … Managed just one solo tackle in the season opener … Head to Head Competition-OG#73-Nate McManus.

Penn State … Followed with a three-tackle performance … Head to Head Competition-OG#76-Gerald Cadogan.

Michigan … Posted six tackles (2 solos) and blocked a point-after attempt following Chad Henne's 69-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#57-Adam Kraus.

Michigan State … Totaled six tackles (5 solos) with a 15-yard sack and two stops for losses of 19 yards … Early in the third quarter, Landri dragged down Javon Ringer for a 4-yard loss on a rushing attempt … At the start of the fourth quarter, he sacked QB drew Stanton for a 15-yard loss near midfield … Head to Head Competition-OG#77-Daniel Zynn.

Purdue … Delivered three tackles with a pair of pressures … Head to Head Competition-OG#67-Uche Nwaneri.

Stanford … Landri was in on five tackles with 1.5 sacks and two stops for losses of 11 yards … He leveled tailback Ray Jones for a 1-yard loss on a run at the start of the second half and also sacked QB Trent Edwards for a 9-yard loss on a third-&-8 play midway through the third frame … Earlier in the game, Landri took Edwards down for no gain on a third-&-1 run at the Stanford 29, forcing the Cardinal to punt with 5:22 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OG#59-Josiah Vinson.

UCLA … Credited with five tackles, a pressure and assisted on a pair of sacks … Stopped Patrick Cowan for no gain on a fourth-&-1 bootleg five minutes into the game … In the fourth quarter, Landri teamed with defensive end Nathan Abiamiri to sack Cowan for an 8-yard loss … With 0:27 left in the game, that duo again teamed up to sack Cowan for minus 11 yards.

Navy … Had a career-high eleven tackles (4 solos) … Head to Head Competition-OG#60-Zach Gallion.

North Carolina … Became just the second player in NCAA history to block two extra point attempts in the same game, adding four tackles with a pressure, an assisted sack and 3.5 stops for losses of 16 yards … Took down tailback Ronnie McGill for a 5-yard loss on a run midway through the first quarter … Sacked QB Cam Sexton for a 3-yard loss at the start of the second quarter and on UNC's next drive, Landri assisted in taking down McGill for a 4-yard loss … He also chased down QB Joe Dailey for a 5-yard loss on an option run at the beginning of the second half … Head to Head Competition-OG#77-Charlston Gray.

Air Force … Matched his career-high with eleven tackles (8 solos), as Landri also collected

A sack and two stops behind the line of scrimmage … Took down Shawn Carney on a 3-yard sack at the beginning of the second quarter and tackled Carney for a 2-yard loss on a third-&-11 run with 6:56 left in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#57-Nicholas Charles.

Army … Followed with seven tackles (5 solos), two sacks for minus 12 yards, four stops for losses of 15 yards and a blocked kick … Sacked QB Carson Williams for a 7-yard loss midway through the second quarter and sacked Williams again for minus 5 yards with 1:01 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OG#58-Dan Evans.

Southern California … Produced three tackles, teaming with linebacker Maurice Crum to stop tailback C.J. Gable for an 8-yard loss with 4:45 remaining in the second quarter … Head to Head Competition-OG#60-Drew Radovich.

Louisiana State (Sugar Bowl) … Closed out his career with one pass deflection, but no tackles … Head to Head Competition-OG#79-Herman Johnson.

2005 Season

Started all twelve games at right tackle/nose guard, finishing second among the team's down linemen with 43 tackles (16 solos) … Had three sacks for minus 14 yards and eight stops for losses of 26 yards … Deflected two passes and credited with seven quarterback pressures while logging 247:06 minutes of playing time.

2005 Game Analysis

Michigan … Tackled tailback Mike Hart for a 4-yard loss and deflected a pass.

Michigan State … Leveled tailback Jehuu Caudrick behind the line of scrimmage and was in on four hits (3 solos).

Washington … Sacked QB Isaiah Stanback for a 2-yard loss.

Southern California … Assisted in stopping tailback LenDale White behind the line of scrimmage and came up with seven tackles (6 assists).

Brigham Young … Sacked QB John Beck for minus 8 yards and added another seven tackles (6 assists).

Tennessee … Made only two tackles, but also generated four pressures.

Navy … Registered a stop behind the line of scrimmage and seven tackles (2 solos).

Syracuse … Followed with five assisted tackles, including assisting in sacking QB Perry Patterson for a 4-yard loss … Also pressured the passer twice.

Ohio State (Fiesta Bowl) … Produced six tackles (5 solos), including one that stopped tailback Antonio Pittman for a 3-yard loss.

2004 Season

Took over nose guard duties, starting all twelve games to begin a string of 37 consecutive starting assignments before Landri would conclude his Irish career … Recorded 40 tackles (19 solos) with an assisted sack for minus 1-yard, seven stops for losses of 22 yards and four pass deflections … Caused and recovered a fumble while logging 241:01 minutes of action.

2004 Game Analysis

Had three tackles vs. Brigham Young and broke up two passes vs. Michigan … Collected five tackles and broke up a pass vs. Michigan State … Assisted on two tackles and had one pass deflection vs. Purdue … Added four tackles and forced a fumble vs. Stanford … Was in on six tackles, assisted on a sack and recovered a fumble vs. Navy … Made seven tackles vs. Boston College including 1.5 for losses … Assisted on four tackles, including one for a loss vs. Tennessee … Had a five-tackle performance, including two for losses, in the Pittsburgh game … Posted two solo tackles vs. Southern California.

2003 Season

Played in ten games, starting in his collegiate debut vs. Washington at nose guard … Was on the field for 73:45 minutes, collecting 13 tackles (7 solos) with four stops for losses of 8 yards, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection.

2003 Game Analysis

Made his first career appearance vs. Washington State, starting at nose guard … Registered his first career tackle vs. Michigan … Had one tackle and broke up a pass vs. Michigan State and recovered a fumble vs. Pittsburgh … Posted two tackles vs. Southern California, including a solo tackle for a loss of three yards … Made two tackles vs. Florida State.

2002 Season

Sat out the year under medical hardship rules.

Injury Report

2002: Suffered a compound fracture of his left ankle in March (3/07) … Underwent left shoulder surgery in October (10/21).

2005: Underwent left shoulder surgery in January (1/07).

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.93 in the 40-yard dash … 425-pound bench press … Bench presses 225 pounds 27 times … 445-pound squat … 32.5-inch vertical jump … 30-inch arm length … 9 1/4-inch hands … Right-handed … 21/37 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended De La Salle (Concord, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Bob Ladecour … Was the third De La Salle High School player to ever receive California Player of the Year honors, joining D.J. Williams (1999) and Amani Toomer (1991). Other previous winners include John Elway, Marcus Allen, Charles White, Pat Haden and Mike Garrett … A first-team USA Today and Parade All-American, Landri was rated as the top lineman in the country by Parade … Rated fifth on the CNNSI.com top 101 prospects list and was listed 48th nationally on The Sporting News' Hot 101 list … Rated the 51st player nationally by the Chicago Sun-Times and earned first-team Las Vegas Sun Super 11 squad accolades … Was also named to the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West team and was a first-team offensive lineman on the Student Sports All-American squad … In addition to being chosen California's Mr. Football State Player of the Year by CalHiSports.com, he was a first-team All-State selection and State Lineman of the Year for 2001 by that publication … Recorded 130 tackles (55 solos) and 9.5 sacks as a defensive lineman (in 32 quarters of play) as a senior in 2001 on a defensive unit that gave up only six touchdowns all season … The team posted a 12-0 record that year and was the consensus national prep champion … Helped De La Salle win the California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section 4A crown (its 10th straight) by virtue of 54-15, 45-0 and 48-13 victories in playoff action … His De La Salle team won the Student Sports national championship for third time in four years and he was a starter in 37 consecutive games to end his career, helping De La Salle improve its overall winning streak to a national high school record 125 consecutive games through 2001 -- including ten consecutive unbeaten seasons … As a junior, he made 80 tackles, 17 sacks and knocked down 12 passes in 2000 … Was also a three-year starter on offense.

Personal

Graduated in May 2006 from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters with a degree in History and Computer Applications … Enrolled in graduate studies … Earned 3.33 grade-point average in `05 fall semester and 3.077 in `06 spring semester … Born 9/21/83 … Resides in Huntington Beach, California.

 
 

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