Scouts note that the jump from high school football to the collegiate gridiron is huge. Due to the speed of the game, the grind of daily practice and the increased pressure, most freshmen are redshirted their first year of college.
Former Louisiana State University defensive back LaRon Landry must have missed the memo on how hard his freshmen year was supposed to be.
During his first year at LSU, Landry played in all 14 games, logging 10 as a starter. He also led the team in tackles with 80, a shocking feat for a freshman. Landry’s immediate impact and strong play elevated the Tigers to a 13-1 finish and a BCS National Championship in 2003.
Throughout the next three years, Landry started every game and was voted First-Team All-American as a senior. Both the AP and Coaches Poll named him First-Team All-SEC, making him a four-year member of the prestigious squad.
Landry was considered a first round pick at the conclusion of his junior season, but he decided to return for his senior year. He cited a commitment to the LSU program and his teammates as the top reason to forego millions of dollars in the NFL. The decision came as a surprise to pro scouts, but an exuberant welcome sign to the Tigers’ faithful. During his final year, Landry again led LSU in tackles and also compiled three interceptions, one sack, one forced fumble and a blocked kick.
Although pro scouts had to wait a year, Landry was made a top 10 selection when the Washington Redskins drafted him sixth overall in ’06.He didn't disapoint in his rookie season, recording 95 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Although he needed to play more disciplined at times, he often made big plays right when the Redskins' defense needed them.
Information sites on Landry
Washington Redskins Official Player Bio: LaRon Landry
Career notes, photos and stats on LaRon Landry can be found at the Official Website of the Washington Redskins.
NFL.com Player Profile: LaRon Landry
Find a small profile, game logs, stats and merchandise on LaRon Landry NFL.com.
Rotoworld Player Page: LaRon Landry
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LaRon Landry Wikipedia Page
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“LaRon Landry hits”
Great video montage from Putfile.com of Landry’s hits from his days at LSU.
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Landry fit the bill as a top 10 draft pick, recording 95 tackles and 1.5 sacks in his rookie season. Although he needed to play more disciplined at times, he often made big plays right when the Redskins' defense needed them.
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Redskins select Landry at No. 6
With the sixth overall pick in the ’06 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins selected LSU safety LaRon Landry.
Redskins expect Landry to be one tough player
Even though the Redskins didn’t fill their need on the defensive line, safety LaRon Landry was easily the best defensive prospect in the ’07 NFL Draft.
Redskins draft LSU’s All-American safety LaRon Landry
With good reason, LaRon Landry compares himself to his idol, former San Francisco 49ers’ safety Ronnie Lott.
This guy could be faster than a speeding bullet
Not many 7-year olds jump out of a moving truck on a dare from there brothers, break teeth and shake it off. But LaRon Landry did.
Landry appears poised to be next great safety
Most scouts feel LaRon Landry is the best defensive back in this year’s NFL Draft. Some scouts feel he’s the best defensive player period in this year’s draft.
LSU’s Landry ready to deliver hits, lessons
This is a great article written by ESPN.com’s Ivan Maisel before the start of the 2006 season. Maisel writes about Landry’s improvements from his freshmen season as well as his overall commitment to himself and LSU. (ESPN.com INSIDER subscription required).
On his toughness:
"I like contact. That was the difference between playing offense and defense. Even when I got older and played quarterback, I always wanted to play on both sides of the ball. I used to play baseball, but it was too slow for me. There just wasn't enough contact in baseball."
On being drafted by the Redskins:
"I'm very happy. If I had to pick and choose, one of my choices would be to go to the Redskins."
On his skills:
"I'm the complete package."