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TenandSix:Unacceptable 04-19-2007 08:44 PM

My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
My first question is, would you trade the six pick in the draft for Troy Polamalu or Ed Reed? Because those are the types of comparisons Landry is drawing:

"The total package and a great all-around football player who will remind some of Ed Reed." -Scott Wright, NFLcountdown.com

"He'll be better than Roy Williams, no question" - Mel Kiper, ESPN

Troy Polamalu, Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins -- three of the best playmakers in the NFL who all happen to be safeties. Based on his career with the Tigers, Landry is primed to etch his name along with those elite athletes in 2007. -[I]Copyright NFLDraftScout.com, distributed by The Sports Xchange[/I]

Scouting Reports-

LaRon Landry may be the best pure free safety in the nation right now. His coverage skills in center field are virtually second to none, and he hits surprisingly hard for his light size. He's also one of the few safety prospects in recent years who is a total ball hawk, flowing to the ball and the play better than the majority of defenders in the nation. -About Football

Productive safety with a complete game. Instinctive, plays heads-up football and remains disciplined with assignments. Efficient, takes good angles to the action and goes for the knockout blow. Patrols centerfield, displays top sideline-to-sideline range and has a terrific break to the action. Displays speed in a straight-line or laterally. Wraps-up tackling. -scout.com



-There's more I'm sure, but I think you get the idea.



Now, on to the ubiquitous idea that the draft is a crap shoot. We'll let's take a look at the only safties taken in round 1 since 2002.



2002: Roy Williams- #8, Ed Reed- #24



2003- Troy Polamalu- #16



2004- Sean Taylor- #5



2005- none



2006- Michael Huff #7, Donte Whitner #8



I don't know much about the latest two additions to this ridiculously elite list of players, but both Huff and Whitner were key contributors to their teams in their rookie seasons. I would have to do more research, but both seem to be leaning in the "stud" direction, not the "bust" direction. But taking those two off the list for the sake of having more info on last years rookies to determine where they ultimately stand...



hmmmmm.....



Where are the busts? There are none. Elite safties haven't been busting, they've been leading their teams to the Super Bowl (Polamalu) and the playoffs, (Ed Reed, Roy Williams, Sean Taylor). They've been going to Probowls after a couple years in the league, not to Division III coaching staffs.




Based on recent evidence, and scouting reports, LaRon Landry has a bust factor as close to zero as you can possibly hope for in a first round pick. Combine that with our need to play someone by Taylor who is better at coverage, because no one on our roster is a long term solution young or old, and you have the safest and BEST player for the Redskins in the entire draft, save perhaps CJ, who will go first. Landry fills a need, is projecting to be the best player available, and has the lowest risk in terms of bust v. potential. Would you really NOT want to have a Reed/Taylor/Polamalu/Dawkins player playing next to Sean Taylor. Does it seem at all [I]bad[/I]?


To steal the line of someone who disagrees with my wish to add Landry to the fold:

"No, no, no".

And finally, what about the other guys we could pick? -Names like Branch, Okoye, Adams, Carriker. Not one of these players is a sure thing. They each have question marks. Now, obviously there are a lot of us who want to trade down, get another pick or two, and take one of these guys. One or two of these guys, if not all of them, are going to be a really good, or even great football players. Which one? Nobody knows.

Ultimately, the Redskins might be a couple of DL from contending. Because of our lack of players there, we might find it hard to compete. If we draft Landry and don't address the DL, next year very well might not be our year. It's hard to tell. Kind of like picking a draft pick with potential but who has serious holes. We could bust, or we could be a hit.

On the other hand, LaRon Landry is going to be a great player, and he's not going to be available if we trade down more than a spot or two. You know why? I do, too. In his career he's going to help lead the team he's on to the playoffs, and perhaps to the Super Bowl. He's going to have an immediate positive impact to the team that gets him. He will not receive a huge bonus and salary and be unworthy. If I am wrong you can PM me in three years. But I am right, and that's why the team he should be leading is none other than your very own Washington Redskins.


Flame away.

LMsexyAO 04-19-2007 08:48 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
I didn't know LaRon Landry's agent was a skins fan!

pdid5000 04-19-2007 08:54 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
He's definitely a player, maybe best defensive player available in this draft, and lord knows our secondary needs all the help it can get, If Gaines is gone I say pull the trigger on Landry.

skinsfan_nn 04-19-2007 08:54 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
No, I would not trade my #6 for TP or ER. Trade down and more picks. IMO LL has a good upside, it's just the last move I would make.

First order would be DE/DT. If any good safeties left back in the latter end of the draft....maybe.

TenandSix:Unacceptable 04-19-2007 09:21 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
I just realized something. If TB can't move and CJ gets taken before them, do you think they'd take Landry. It doesn't seem too far fetched. We haven't seen him top 5 in any mock drafts.

EARTHQUAKE2689 04-19-2007 09:24 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
ed reed never went to s super bowl and landry will be great in the burgandy and gold

wolfeskins 04-19-2007 09:25 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
[quote=TenandSix:Unacceptable;299859]I just realized something. If TB can't move and CJ gets taken before them, do you think they'd take Landry. It doesn't seem too far fetched. We haven't seen him top 5 in any mock drafts.[/quote]

they might, especially if adams is also gone.

Sheriff Gonna Getcha 04-19-2007 09:26 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
Good post. But does the fact that there haven't been any recent safety busts mean that one is due? Just kidding. Nice research.

dmek25 04-19-2007 09:28 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
i think the scouting report you copied was the same one from 2004 when Sean Taylor came out. someone is always the next Lott, Reed, etc. a great secondary looks rather ordinary with no defensive line

skinsfan_nn 04-19-2007 09:34 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
[quote=dmek25;299868]i think the scouting report you copied was the same one from 2004 when Sean Taylor came out. someone is always the next Lott, Reed, etc. a great secondary looks rather ordinary with no defensive line[/quote]

why by golly george.....i think he's got it

SmootSmack 04-19-2007 09:38 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
Unfortunately, from what I hear Landry is a very real possibility. Not unfortunately because I don't think he'll be good. I think he'll be great, just like Calvin Johnson. However, like CJ, I don't think Landry alone makes our team infinitely better. Not without getting help on the D-line.

EARTHQUAKE2689 04-19-2007 09:54 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
[quote=SmootSmack;299879]Unfortunately, from what I hear Landry is a very real possibility. Not unfortunately because I don't think he'll be good. I think he'll be great, just like Calvin Johnson. However, like CJ, I don't think Landry alone makes our team infinitely better. Not without getting help on the D-line.[/quote]


unless we find a late round draft gem on d line and sign ian scott already god

SkinsFan6388 04-19-2007 10:15 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
laron landry is a beast but i think dline is a much more glaring need for us

TenandSix:Unacceptable 04-19-2007 10:15 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
[quote=EARTHQUAKE2689;299862]ed reed never went to s super bowl and landry will be great in the burgandy and gold[/quote]

Fixed. Sorry and Thanks.

TenandSix:Unacceptable 04-19-2007 10:30 PM

Re: My final argument for Drafting LaRon Landry
 
[quote=dmek25;299868]i think the scouting report you copied was the same one from 2004 when Sean Taylor came out. someone is always the next Lott, Reed, etc. a great secondary looks rather ordinary with no defensive line[/quote]

Could you and like-minded people like you wait a year for that DL help? I realize adding LL doesn't mean SB next year. But can you ponder him and ST roaming the middle of the field once we do get a DL? Just because our DL sucks next year doesn't mean they have to suck forever. Adding one DL to this team gives us decent DL, decent LB's, and decent secondary. That sounds pretty pedestrian to me if we're getting all "win now" about it. It is a virtual guarantee that LL shores us up in the secondary big time for the foreseeable future. Next years packages would be designed around what could potentially be an elite secondary. If you really look back to last year and ask Gregg Williams what hurt us more, DL or secondary, what do you think he would say? I think you might be surprised that he would tell you this unequivocally: Secondary. Go ahead, ask him. Kinda hard to stuff the run with five guys in the box.


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