The San Francisco 49ers hosted defensive end and pass rusher Harold Landry for a pre-draft visit, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.


Landry met with the 49ers at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"They were the first team I met with here," he told reporters. "I thought [the meeting] went well. I thought it went really well."

After meeting with the 49ers' coaches, Landry says he would love to play for San Francisco.

"I would definitely love to play for the 49ers," he continued. "Meeting with their coaches -- great coaches, great guys, and I'd be honored to go to San Fran and play for them."

Landry became a full-time starter for the Eagles during the last nine games of his sophomore season in 2015. The next year, he finished in the top five nationally with 22 tackles for a loss and registered 50 combined tackles, 16.5 sacks, an interception, four passes defensed, and seven forced fumbles, per Sports Reference. Landry was named first-team All-ACC after starting 12 of 13 game appearances in 2016.

Landry passed on declaring himself eligible for the 2017 NFL Draft and returned for his senior year at Boston College. He appeared in just nine games last year due to an ankle injury but still registered 38 total tackles, 8.5 for a loss, five sacks, and two passes defensed.

"I had five sacks in six games, and in the sixth game of the year my ankle got messed up," Landry said. "I tried playing through it against Louisville the next week, played through it. Then the next week against Virginia on the first play of the game I rolled it again, and they shut me down."

Landry has no doubts about his ability heading into the NFL. He was asked at the combine who the best pass rusher is in the draft this year.

"I am," Landry answered. "I think that nobody in this class has a first step like mine, the bend like mine and the burst to the quarterback like me. I am not saying I am perfect, there are plenty of things I can improve on in my game, but in this draft, I do believe I am the best pass rusher."

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A pure pass rusher was among the 49ers' top needs heading into the draft. In 2017, the defensive unit accumulated just 30 total sacks. That was good enough to tie the Miami Dolphins for 26th in the league. Elvis Dumervil, who led the defense with 6.5 sacks, is no longer with the team.

"[Landry] looks like the best pure edge rusher in this draft," said Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus. "(He's) a guy who can legitimately bring the pressure."

At the NFL Scouting Combine, the 6-foot-3 and 252-pound Landry had a 40-time of 4.64 seconds, a vertical jump of 36 inches, a broad jump of 119 inches, completed the three-cone drill in 6.88 seconds, had 24 reps in the bench press, a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.19 seconds, and a 60-yard shuttle time of 11.35 seconds. Other measurables for Landry include an arm length of 32 7/8 inches and hands that measure 9 3/8 inches.

NFL.com projects Landry to be a first-round draft pick.



Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, who compares Landry to Vic Beasley, wrote the following within his scouting report:

"Landry lacks premium size, but his burst, stride length and ability to dip and rip around the edge give him special potential as an edge rusher. Landry lacks strength at the point of attack and may be a designated pass rusher early in his career. While he can play standing for 3-4 teams, he's at his best with his hand in the dirt as a rusher. 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."

Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst wrote the following within his scouting report:

"Landry was a disruptive force at Boston College for much of the past two seasons and altered the momentum of games with his ability to force the action. He needs to improve his playing strength and add bulk if possible but offers possibilities as a one-gap defensive end or outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment."

Measurables


Height: 6-3
Weight: 252 lbs.
Arm length: 32 7/8 inches
Hand length: 9 3/8 inches

NFL Scouting Combine


40-time: 4.64 seconds
Vertical: 36 inches
Broad jump: 119 inches
3-cone drill: 6.88 seconds
Bench press: 24 reps
20-yard shuttle: 4.19 seconds
60-shuttle drill: 11.35 seconds

College Statistics


Year G Tkl Loss Sk PD Int
2014 13 11 1.5 0.0 0 0
2015 12 60 15.5 4.5 0 0
2016 13 51 22.0 16.5 4 1
2017 9 38 8.5 5.0 2 0
Totals 47 160 47.5 26.0 6 1