Zimbabwean Linebacker Nate Landman Set For His Rookie Season In The NFL

Linebacker Nate Landman is set to play for the Atlanta Falcons in the upcoming 2022-2023 NFL season, in what would be his rookie season. The Zimbabwe-born American football player was signed on as an undrafted free agent back in May after he somehow missed the draft. As the NFL season approaches all eyes are on him to see if he will make the 53-strong team roster.

Nate Landman
Nate Landman
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Landman brings a ton of talent and college experience, and the Falcons’ young roster could allow him to break out during his rookie season. If Landman can make the roster, he should have a clear path to consistent playing time. The Falcons aren’t expected to win very many games this season, so perhaps the coaching staff takes a deep look at some of the rookies to see what the future holds for these players. 
Matt Wadleigh for the Buffalo Wire

According to ESPN, Nate Landman has been a surprise offseason standout. The linebacker has reportedly been making a lot of noise in the Falcon's training camp and there has been a positive impression.

This is admittedly a deep cut in terms of the Atlanta roster, but the undrafted rookie was active in 7-on-7 drills - the only heavy action in the OTA period - and seemed to have a knack for finding the ball. It's probably still a tough road for Landman to make the roster as an inside linebacker, but he might have jumpstarted himself at least into being in the conversation if he builds on his OTAs during training camp. 
ESPN's Michael Rothstein.

Nate Landman's College career:

  • Played five seasons (2017-21) at the University of Colorado.
  • Became the first player in program history to earn all-conference honours at least four times (two first-team, two second-team).
  • Recorded 409 total tackles (285 solo), 41 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks and 17 passes defended in 48 games for the Buffs.
  • Tallied double-digit tackles in 22 games, fifth-most in school history.
  • Notched 71 total tackles (59 solo) and seven tackles for loss in 2021.
  • Earned first-team All-Pac-12, and second-team All-America in 2020 after recording 61 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and one fumble recovery in five games.
  • Posted a career-high 137 total tackles (112 solo), eight tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks, and was named first-team All-Pac-12 and honourable mention All-America in 2019.

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