Ohio State interior defensive lineman Landers
The LA Rams are always open to developmental talent in late rounds. Ohio State defensive lineman Robert Landers is a solid prospect for the Rams on Day three.
The Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Robert Landers was a rotational defender for much of his time. At 6-foot-1 and 285-pounds, he is best suited in the interior defensive line, either as nose tackle or defensive lineman covered by an edge rusher. Given time, he could mirror Aaron Donald‘s role somewhat, and move out to defensive end if and when he develops consistency in stopping the run and in a pass rush.
Landers is a developmental defender. His collegiate career at Ohio State, he accumulated 65 total tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 24.5 tackles for a loss. But he has some good attributes which can be coached up. His burst out of the stance is surprisingly quick and can give him the needed leverage advantage with bigger blockers. At just 6-foot-1, he has a low center of gravity which gives blockers difficulty in getting underneath to force him against his will.
He is massively strong but retains his agility despite his muscle mass. He was buried on the depth chart at Ohio State, which stunted his development and game time experience. Since the Rams lack top draft choices, Landers is the type of player the Rams could draft in 2020, coach up, and compete for a starting role in 2021. Landers was not invited to the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. As such, his only chance to make a positive impression on scouts is the Ohio State Pro Day, which is an annual event scheduled at the end of March.