A Look at the Redskins' 2007 Draft Picks
Sunday, April 29, 2007; 9:53 PM
A look at the players selected by the Washington Redskins in the 2007 NFL draft (listed by name, position, college, height, weight, hometown):
Saturday, First round, No. 6 overall
LaRon Landry, S, LSU, 6-0, 213, Ama, La.
Started 48 of 52 games with the Tigers. Had three interceptions and team-leading 74 tackles (46 solo) as a senior, earning first-team All-America honors. ... One of two players in LSU history to lead the Tigers in tackles three times during his career (2003, 2005-06). ... Ranks third in LSU history with 12 interceptions and ranks second with 34 passes defended. ... Will now be close to his brother Dawan, who was a 2006 fifth-round pick for the Baltimore Ravens. "I am very happy," LaRon said. "In college, he was at Georgia Tech and I was at LSU. We didn't have that much time to see each other, but now we are only 45 minutes away. So I think we'll spend a lot of time together." As for who is the better safety? LaRon said: "I'm the best." ... Eventually expected to paired with Sean Taylor, Washington's No. 5 overall pick in 2004. "I think that's the best safety combination ever," Landry said. ... A communications studies major, he needs 30 credits to graduate. ... Ran a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. ... Had six tackles and an interception against Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl in his final college game.
Sunday, Fifth Round, No. 143 overall
Dallas Sartz, LB, USC, 6-5, 235, Granite Bay, Calif.
Will have to prepare for the unending grief he'll get as a guy named Dallas playing for the Redskins. "Nothing you can do about changing your name, I guess," he said. ... Led the Trojans with seven sacks last year. ... Missed most of his junior year with a shoulder injury. ... Redskins see him as an outside LB. ... Graduated in the fall with a major in communications. ... Should provide needed depth. "I know I'm gonna be a special teams guy for quite a while," Sartz said. "I'm definitely OK with that and that's gonna be a big part of my role on the team as a rookie linebacker." ... His grandfather, also named Dallas, raced hydroplanes and was a Golden Gloves boxer at Washington State. Father Jeff played safety at Oregon State. "I had sports all around me when I was growing up. A lot of what they taught me and a lot of the way they lived their lives taught me about how I live my life and how to compete and be the type of guy that I am," Sartz said.
Sixth Round, No. 179 overall
H.B. Blades, LB, Pittsburgh, 5-11, 237, Plantation, Fla.
Horatio Benedict Blades is the son of Bennie Blades and nephew of Brian Blades and Al Blades -- three brothers who all went to the University of Miami and later played in the NFL. "I'm not as gifted as athlete as a my dad and uncle was," H.B. said. "My dad was a physical freak. I know what I am, and I know I'm not that. But what I play with is a lot of desire and a lot of heart, and I play with my instincts. God gave me a gift to be able to read plays fast, and that's what I use to my advantage." ... H.B. also decided to go to Pitt instead of following his family tradition at Miami. "Just to make a name for myself, I just wanted to start at a new location," he said. "Down in Florida, it's kind of hard to top what my dad and uncles did." ... Fifth player in Pittsburgh history to have more than 400 career tackles and first to lead the Panthers in tackles for three consecutive seasons. ... Redskins see him as a MLB. ... Isn't the tallest of players, but he's an inch taller than Redskins MLB London Fletcher. "They're not going to see my height as an issue as long as I go in and make plays and bust my tail," Blades said. ... Expects to finish degree in Administration of Justice this summer.
No. 205 overall
Jordan Palmer, QB, Texas-El Paso, 6-6, 231, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Brother of Cincinnati QB Carson Palmer. ... Played in a pass-happy offense that allowed him to set all sorts of career records at UTEP, including TD passes (88), completions (851), attempts (1,427), yards (11,084) and 300-yard games (16). ... Provides some insurance in case Mark Brunell is slow to recover from shoulder surgery. Otherwise, looks a like a long-term project destined to spend his rookie year on the practice squad. ... Communications major. Seventh Round"
No. 216 overall
Tyler Ecker, TE, Michigan, 6-6, 269, El Dorado Hills, Calif.
Expected to be more of a blocker than a pass-catcher -- especially if he adds more bulk to his big-body frame. ... Started 15 games at Michigan, catching 57 passes with six TDs. ... Two-time Academic All-Big Ten. ... Missed much of the 2006 season with a sprained right ankle. ... Majored in Spanish.