Landon is a solid two deep zone safety with the size to play up near the line of
scrimmage if you need him. He is smart, understands his position and works well
within the context of the game plan. His college team used him all over the
field in single safety coverage, two deep zone coverage, covering slot receivers
and in nickel and dime up near the line of scrimmage. Landon has the size and
straight line speed to play linebacker or safety depending on the defensive
system and, because of his football intelligence, he can be used in multiple
positions just like his college team used him. This will make Landon very
attractive to most teams in this draft looking for defensive backs that can play
in multiple styles of defensive scheme as most teams in the NFL play.
Landon was used in so many different defensive formations that I think it may be
limiting his ability to make impact plays. His play right now is of a cautious
nature, almost afraid to make a mistake. He seems to lack the decisive mental
quickness to react to plays both in the passing game and against the run. His
tackling in the open field one-on-one is not very good at all and his tackling
technique and form in general is very sloppy. In coverage, he is mostly used in
zone and doesnít have the make-up speed even when playing in a two-deep safety
position to make up for mistakes if a player gets behind him.
Right now what I see on film is a player who hasnít become the impact player at
the college level that his size and speed suggests that he could become. In his
defense, itís very possible that this is because of the defensive scheme that he
was used in and the fact that he was used all over the defense. Landon might be
thinking too much, which affects his ability to react quickly to what he sees.
That being said, I would think by now being in the same defensive system, that
Landon would react much quicker to the play in front of him as well as having
better tackling techniques. A safety cannot miss a tackle in the open field and
for me personally, Landon misses too many tackles in the open field and does not
react quickly enough to be a safety in the NFL. He could make it as a
nickel/dime, linebacker/safety because in the red zone he seems to react much
better to the plays in front of him and his lack of make up speed in coverage is
minimized. However, as a starting safety or linebacker, he has to tackle better
and react quicker than what I see on his college film.