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 Post subject: Dennis Landolt, OT, Penn State
PostPosted: Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:45 am 
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PROS: Gets position as a run blocker. Does a good job pulling and always seem to hit his assignments. Can get the seal against the linebacker on the second level. Shows nice mean streak and finishes his blocks.
CONS: Has poor feet and technique in pass protection. Slides his feet, plays with poor base and balance. Gets bull-rushed too easily, and spends too much time on the ground. Doesn't get good depth on his drops and struggles against speed. Has trouble adjusting in space to the counter move and opens up his stance too early. Needs to bulk up vs. the run and lacks consistent pop off the snap.
OVERVIEW: Landolt plays left tackle at Penn State, but is too limited in pass protection to continue outside on the next level. He has potential to develop inside as a pulling guard or a guy that can play in a zone-blocking scheme. He started two years at right tackle before moving to left tackle this past season.
NFL FORECAST: He could stand to get a little bigger since he doesn't have great strength. Get him up to 315, then he stands a much better chance of sticking on the next level. As is, he could make a decent option in a zone-blocking scheme or any scheme that likes to pull its guards. If he would bulk up, he would at least have some ability and potential to play right tackle as a reserve as well as guard. He'll have a hard time sticking because of his weakness in pass protection, but those flaws should be masked better inside. But even still, it should take him some time to adjust. And he's more the type of guy that sticks on a practice squad for a year or two before landing on a roster. And even then, he's probably at best a decent backup guard rather than having starting potential.
ATL FORECAST: Landolt could push for time in Atlanta, but there isn't a lot to think he's going to beat anybody for a roster spot, at least not initially. You could stash him on the practice squad for a year or two, and by then he might be a better option as a reserve guard than Quinn Ojinnaka, although he's not as athletic or versatile as Ojinnaka is, but three or so years down the road, probably won't be a step back in terms of his ability to fill in. Either way, he's a guy that will push depth, not develop as an eventual starter.
VALUE: He's probably not worth drafting because of the fact that he will likely have to convert to guard, but is worth a look in camp.

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