PROS: Has a pleasant first step out of stance, is effective in coiling off the snap and beating offensive linemen with sneaky first step quickness. Despite a stocky build at 6’1, has an effective anchor at the point of attack and can hold up blockers effectively. Plays with natural leverage and is difficult for opponents to work underneath of. Landers showcases some effective hand usage to swim over the top of a block and create penetration off first contact. Functional strength is terrific, offering a nice overall blend of physical abilities. Should be in line for a big breakout season in 2018.
CONS: Landers was hidden/buried on the depth chart for too many snaps in 2017 as Ohio State shifted into a NASCAR/speed package with a high frequency. Landers does not show great lateral redirection skills once he’s established forward momentum, instead he can be out-maneuvered by backs at the mesh point. Will need to be more willing to squat sooner on penetration reps instead of overrunning his own athletic ability. Lack of arm length can prevent consistent block shedding on interior runs.