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3 Aug 2020

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Summer Scouting Notes: Nate Landman LB, Colorado

HT: 6’3
WT: 230
Year: Senior
DOB: 11/9/1998
Accolades: Preseason 2nd team All-American, Preseason 1st team All-PAC 12, Team Captain

Athleticism: Solid athlete overall with good change of direction ability, solid foot speed and range and good balance to bounce and spin off of would be blockers.

Vs Inside Runs: Good defender between the tackles, with the prototypical aggressiveness, play recognition, and block shedding ability for a run-stuffing MLB at the next level. Shows good vision through traffic to flow to the point of attack, engage with the blocker with good pad level, roll his hips to create good initial contact, use hands and short area quickness to shed and aggressively bring down the ball carrier with good form tackling. His only issues arise when anticipating play action, where he tends to sit too long in his zone and let the run come to him rather than attacking downhill.

Vs Outside Runs: Shows good lateral range as an outside run defender, understanding pursuit angles well and successfully showing color in his gap to seal cutback lanes. Shows good effort and agility to extend for dive tackles, though he can tend to dive too early, resulting in missed tackles on the perimeter.

Vs the Pass: Solid zone coverage ability with play recognition and foot speed to get back in his zone and solid closing speed underneath. Can struggle in man coverage, lacking the foot speed to cover faster RBs and does not often have a pass run plan when blitzing, though he has the change of direction ability and burst to be effective as a blitzer when unblocked. Overall, his lack of elite athletic ability shows in his coverage deficiencies.

Leadership: Unquestioned leader of the defense, he barks out orders line a general and lines up teammates before the snap. He is a relentless competitor even when the game is out of hand, and is a smart steady presence in the middle of the defense.

Overall: Landman projects as a rotational Mike linebacker who will develop into a starter. Aptly nicknamed “The Hammer”, he thrives against the run and will be an enforcer between the tackles with aggressiveness and impressive block shedding ability. He is cerebral enough to quarterback an NFL defense, but his shortfalls as a pass defender will limit his effectiveness at the next level.

What to look for in 2020: Can he improve as a pass defender? Showing better ability to stick with faster RBs in man coverage and make more of an impact on the passing game overall will go a long way towards helping his draft stock. Against the high flying offenses of the PAC 12, he should have plenty of chances next season.

Way too early prediction: In the olden days, Landman would have been a prototypical MLB, but with today’s aerial assaults, his subpar coverage skills will cause him to slide down the boards. Look for him to be taken in the late 4th to mid 5th round.

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