Chat with Derek Landri
ESPN.com's Scouts Inc. has evaluated every player in the draft and this is what they say about Landri: ''Landri is an experienced starter with good technique, toughness and discipline. He is vastly undersized and should only be appealing to defenses that employ one-gap penetrating schemes (see: Colts, Buccaneers, Vikings, Bears, etc.). However, he made significant strides in terms of his recognition skills and overall playmaking ability as a senior, which is why his draft stock is on the rise. Landri projects as an early Day Two pick in the 2007 draft.''
Send in your questions now, then join Landri on Monday at 3 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (3:00 PM)
Derek should be here any minute. Keep the questions rolling in!
michael south bend, IN
Derek wat was it like being able to play under coach weis, and playing with brady quinn.
Derek Landri (3:05 PM)
It was ana awesome experience being able to play for coach, he has so much knopwledge coming from the NFL. Our understanding of football became so much greater as a result of having him as a coach. And Brady is a good guy, a good friend of mine. With Brady, no matter how bad it looked, you always knew Brady would come through and he did, so as a defender there was a feeling of comfort having him in there.
What do you have to say to the doubters that say your undersized. Should that impact where you go in the draft in your estimation
Derek Landri (3:07 PM)
Being undersiezed I don't think will have much to do with anything. Obviously hearing those things make you want to improve. But as far as where I go we will find out in April. But there are a lot of teams that are looking at me and giving me feedback which is exciting.
Afternoon Derek, Which teams have shown interest in you? Also, where would you like to play? Go Irish!!
Derek Landri (3:09 PM)
Really for me it doesn't matter where I play, I just want to play. Weather is no issue to me as far as where I play. The Rams, the Colts, Texans, Bears, 49ers, and a little from SD, the Broncos, and the Bucs, those are a couple of the teams that I have had extensive conversations with, but I have talked to a few more too.
Timmy (Coon Rapids, MN)
Could you describe some of the differences between the Willingham and Weis regimes?
Derek Landri (3:11 PM)
Completely different. Weis takes part in everything. Willinghamw as a little more laid back. Coach Weis had the get nasty approach, take no prisoners. Coach Wilingham did not have that same fire as Coach Weis. And I think we as players bought into Weis aggressive approach more than we bought into Coach Wilingham's approach..
Do you feel as if you can add some bulk to your body and if so, will you do it/do you feel you need to add some weight to play in the NFL?
Derek Landri (3:13 PM)
I feel like I can add some bulk. I played from 277 to 282, but in the offseason I have gone up to 300. Right now I am at 292. I can play at different weights, so whatever teams want me to play at I can stay within that range.
Lane (Kukuihaele, HI)
For years you weren't allowed to touch Brady Quinn in practice. Are you going to lay him out once you get a chance to play against him?
Derek Landri (3:14 PM)
Yeah Brady was a teammate of mine and he's a buddy, but if he is on the other team I am going to hit him as hard as I can. It won't be dirty, but I will try to hit him as hard as I can!
What is first you will buy after hopefully signed a decent contract?
Derek Landri (3:16 PM)
Well first things first I will invest the money, because it doesn't last forever. But obviously I will want to buy a place to live at.
Mike, Crown Point
What quarterback would you be in awe of sacking for the first time?
Derek Landri (3:17 PM)
Every QB has a red jersey on to me like a bullseye, so I just want to sack the QB without the awe. I mean whoever you sack they all count the same, so I think they will all feel pretty good.
Who is the toughest O-linemen you faced in your career at ND?
Derek Landri (3:18 PM)
USC's Ryan Kalil was great, and OSU's center two years Nick Mangold was also a very good player, and from my own team Jeff Fayne.
What is your favorite pass rush move to use, which is a move you want to work on or develop more heading into your rookie season?
Derek Landri (3:20 PM)
My favorite move is something with speed, so I usually use a speed rush up field which I follow with a chop move on the O-linemen's hand. As far as new moves I will have to see when I get into camp.
Todd (Fredericksburg, Va)
Derek, what did you do differently from your junior to senior year? (maybe an offseason change in workout, studied playbook more, diet, etc..) You definitely elevated your playing capabilites this past season. Go Irish!
Derek Landri (3:22 PM)
For me it was being healthy for an offseason, not being injured. This allowed me to put on size and keep it. So the size and strength helped me a lot. And of course the film room always helps, but I have always been a film guy.
Todd (Fredericksburg, Va)
Derek, did you participate in the NFL Day at Notre Dame recently? If so, how did that go?
Derek Landri (3:23 PM)
No I did not. Out first one was March 4th. But I will be doing everything at the second one on March 22nd.
Lane (Kukuihaele, HI)
Coach Weis has a lot of friends in the NFL. Do you think teams like the Patriots, Browns, and Jets are taking a good look at you because you played for him?
Derek Landri (3:25 PM)
I think it depends on the type of player you are, and if he thinks you will fit in those systems. But coach Weis knows a lot more people than just people in those three organizations.
If you could say one thing to a ND recuit who has to decide between ND or say Florida, USC, etc., what would you say to convince him to play for the Irish?
Derek Landri (3:26 PM)
To be honest with you ND speaks for itself, as far as where we are headed. All you need to do really is walk on the campus and talk to coach Weis to know that you want to go there. And I do think that ND in the next two or three years will win a national championship.
Derek Landri (3:28 PM)
Thanks for your time. I enjoyed talking to every single one of you. Thank you for all your support, and GO IRISH!
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