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LaRon Landry

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 213 | College: LSU
 
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Overview

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.

Since being named Freshman All-American in 2003, the four-time All-Southeastern Conference selection has not only garnered quite a few postseason honors during his college career, but has also given opposing offensive coordinators nightmares. Landry did not allow a single touchdown reception during his career while producing 15 turnovers.

Landry, whose brother, Dawan proved to be a 2006 fifth-round steal for the Baltimore Ravens, was a standout performer at Hahnville High School. One of the most coveted recruits, LaRon was ranked as the fifth-best athlete in the nation by College Football News and Rivals.com.

He was a member of Fox Sports Network's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" second team, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen, the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 25 Blue-Chip list and The Shreveport Times' Top 20 list.

Landry was a Super Prep All-American choice and rated the eighth-best defensive back in the country by that recruiting service. He led Hahnville to a quarterfinal appearance and a final 11-2 record, while earning first-team 5A All-State honors after intercepting eight passes as a senior. A solid dual-threat quarterback, he threw for 1,639 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 693 yards and 12 scores.

Louisiana State won a heavy recruiting war for Landry's services and put him right into the action in 2003. He started 10 of 14 games, earning Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers Association, Freshman All-Southeastern Conference first-team and All-SEC (overall) second-team accolades. He led the team with 80 tackles (54 solos), adding three sacks and seven quarterback pressures. He also blocked a kick, deflected four passes and intercepted two others.

As a sophomore in 2004, he earned All-SEC accolades while leading the team again with 92 tackles (53 solos). Landry was credited with three sacks, five stops for losses and a forced fumble. He intercepted four passes and broke up six others.

A bone fragment in his right ankle bothered Landry in 2005, resulting in postseason surgery. He received All-SEC first-team honors, as he collected 69 tackles (42 solos) while starting 13 contests. He added one sack and four stops behind the line of scrimmage and came up with three interceptions. He also generated eight pass deflections.

Landry garnered All-American first-team honors from The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association in 2006. The Thorpe Award semifinalist showed no ill effects from his January ankle surgery, leading the team for the third time in his career with 74 tackles (46 solos). He had one sack, four pressures and a forced fumble. He knocked down four passes, intercepted three others and blocked a punt.

In 52 games at Louisiana State, Landry started 48 contests. He ranks seventh in school annals with 315 tackles (195 solos), adding eight sacks for minus-64 yards, 16 stops for losses of 87 yards and 12 quarterback pressures. He caused two fumbles, blocked two kicks and had 22 pass deflections. He tied for third on the school all-time record list with 12 interceptions for 151 yards in returns (12.6 avg) and also gained nine yards on a blocked punt return.

Analysis

Positives: Has a well-proportioned frame with a thick chest, broad shoulders … Instinctive athlete who seems to always be in position to make the play … Has the foot speed, balance and explosive closing burst to get into position and consistently make plays inside the box … Highly competitive and his performance elevates that of the players around him … Has the loose hips and leaping ability to adjust to the ball in flight, timing his jumps to get to the pass at its high point … Hits with good pop on contact and charges hard to fill the rush lanes … Has the physical and mental ability to play any position in the secondary and also has seen time as a linebacker in the nickel package … Very alert to blocking schemes and screens, showing no hesitation closing on the play … Too smart to bite on pump fakes and misdirection … Very good at recognizing play-action and bootlegs … Sees the field well, especially when playing deep in the zone … His quickness is evident in man coverage, as he is effective at staying on the hip of the receiver and has the acceleration to mirror on long routes … Has the feet and hip snap to make quick adjustments on the move and can handle any receiving threats in man coverage … Has the hand strength to press and reroute tight ends and backs working underneath … Has very smooth moves when transitioning from his backpedal and shows crispness coming out of his breaks, staying low in his pads with no wasted steps … Has the recovery burst to cover the deep end of the field and the vision to see and anticipate the routes as they develop … Uses his long arms effectively to break up the pass, reaching around to impede the receiver's extension going for the ball … Has a keen understanding of zone concepts and picking up receivers in that area … Shows urgency closing in the short zone and is very quick to plant and drive, taking good angles to make plays on the ball … Runs with a quick stride to cover ground in a hurry and is quick to recover when beaten … Not the type who will get into trouble by eyeballing the backfield for too long … Gets to top speed in an instant and times his leaps and adjusts his body to compete for the ball in a crowd … Natural hands catcher with the big hands to snatch and pluck away from the frame … Slants and angles well to shut down the cutback lanes and closes quickly when he locates the running play … Hits with a thud in attempts to fill the rush alley and also when attacking ball carriers on the perimeter … Good wrap-up tackler, but also has the upper body strength to drag down his man or put the opponent on the ground with a collision tackle … When he gets low in his pads and wraps, few ball carriers can escape … Breaks down quickly and shows the ability to stick his hat and drive his man back … The thing that separates him from other safeties is his ability to attack the ball carrier's outside leg to impede any forward progress … Has the range to roam the field and make plays along the sidelines, but is also efficient in taking on bigger blockers to stack and control inside the box … Calls the defensive signals and excels at getting his teammates set up and in position to make the play.

Negatives: Hits with authority, but could use additional bulk (will sometimes get stonewalled in attempts to split double teams) … Has natural hands for the interception, but will try to attack the ball a lot, resulting in some missed tackles because he prefers to play the ball instead of attack his assignment … Has good recovery skills, but will get a bit reckless and out-run the play … When he gets reckless in his play, he is prone to costly penalties (flagged six times in 2006).

Compares To: BRIAN DAWKINS-Philadelphia … While not a disruptive blow-them-up type of tackler like Dawkins, Landry is just as quick and smart breaking down plays. Some might wonder why his statistics in 2006 were lower than previous seasons, but it is because of the respect he commands from opposing offensive coordinators. As when Dawkins entered the league, Landry will soon rank with the elite among NFL free safeties.

Career Notes

Landry is the 11th player in school history to record more than 300 tackles in a career … His 315 tackles tied Ryan Clark for seventh on LSU's all-time record list behind Al Richardson (452, 1979-82), Bradie James (418, 1999-2002), Lawrence Williams (386, 1979-82), Steve Cassidy (346, 1972-75), Shawn Burks (336, 1983-85) and Lyman White (316, 1977-80) … His 12 interceptions are good for third on the school's career record list, along with Craig Burns (1968-69), and Charles Oakley (1951-53), surpassed only by Chris Williams (20, 1977-80) and Corey Webster (16, 2001-03) … Landry's 34 passes defended (22 pass break-ups, 12 pass thefts) tied Travis Daniels (2001-04) for second on the Tigers' all-time record charts behind Webster (49) … Joined Burks (1983-85) as the only players in school history to lead the Tigers in tackles three times during their career (2003, 05-06).

2006 Season

All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press and the American Football Coaches Association, adding second-team honors from Walter Camp, Sports Illustrated and Rivals.com … First-team All-Southeastern Conference choice by the league's coaches and the Associated Press … Semi-finalist for the Thorpe Award (top defensive back in the nation) … Led the team for the third time during his career, coming up with 74 tackles (46 solos), including a 5-yard sack and 3.5 stops for minus 14 yards … Had four quarterback pressures and a forced fumble … Returned a blocked punt 9 yards and deflected four passes … Gained 58 yards on three interception returns (19.3 avg) … Made thirteen third-down tackles (8 vs. the pass) and one more on fourth-down action … Allowed five plays for 20 yards or longer (3 vs. the run, 2 vs. the pass) and was penalized six times … Made six tackles inside the red zone, including two on goal-line plays … Credited with 46 plays vs. the run and 38 vs. the pass.

2006 Game Analysis

Louisiana-Lafayette … Landry opened the season by making all six of his tackles (3 solos) vs. the run, taking down tailback Deon Wallace for a 3-yard loss on a second-&-3 run midway through the third quarter.

Arizona … Posted three tackles with a pressure and gave LSU a scoring chance midway through the third quarter when he intercepted a third-&-12 pass thrown by QB Willie Tuitama at the Arizona 32, returning the ball 3 yards. On the ensuing Tigers drive, QB JaMarcus Russell calmly retreated and lobbed the ball to Dwayne Bowe who weaved through traffic before standing alone in the middle of the north end zone for a 29-yard touchdown that gave LSU a 38-0 lead with 5:05 to play in the third quarter … Earlier in the second quarter, Landry broke up a third-&-5 pass by Tuitama that was intended for Anthony Johnson, forcing the Wildcats to punt … Was penalized for grabbing the face mask of receiver Syndric Steptoe on a 3-yard catch at the UA 23 with five minutes left in the third frame.

Auburn … Managed just three solo tackles.

Tulane … Had another three hits, but also received a penalty for a false start, just 17 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Mississippi State … For the third consecutive week, Landry posted three tackles, as he also was credited with a pressure and a pass deflection … His late first quarter pressure resulted in an incomplete pass thrown by QB Omarr Conner on third-&-6, forcing MSU to punt from their own 35.

Florida … Registered a season-high twelve tackles (9 solos) and deflected a third-&-9 toss from Chris Leak to Dallas Baker, forcing the Gators to attempt a 36-yard field goal that was wide left five minutes into the second half … Landry also blocked an Eric Wilber punt that Wilber recovered, only to be tackled for a 2-yard loss by Landry. But, on the next play, LSU QB JaMarcus Russell's pass into the end zone on the first play was tipped by receiver Dwayne Bowe and intercepted by Florida's Tony Joiner with 3:17 left in the game … Landry's blocked punt was the first for LSU since the Arizona State game on September 10th, 2005.

Kentucky … Followed with five tackles (4 solos), a pressure, a stop behind the line of scrimmage and a forced fumble … Leveled Tony Dixon for a 5-yard loss on a third-&-20 run with 3:40 remaining in the first half … Caused a fumble when Landry collided with Keenan Burton on a 9-yard reception, but Burton recovered the ball at the LSU 49 with 8:16 left on the third quarter clock.

Fresno State … Posted five tackles (3 solos), including one that stopped tailback Dwayne Wright on a third-&-6 run that netted just 2 yards, forcing the Bulldogs to punt with 0:37 left in the first quarter … Landry was penalized for issuing an illegal block on Craig Davis' early second quarter punt return, but made up for that miscue when he tackled Chastin West for no gain on a second-&-goal pass from QB Sean Norton three minutes into the second half.

Tennessee … Deflected a pass and delivered seven tackles (5 solos), but was penalized midway through the first quarter for an illegal block on Craig Davis' 4-yard punt return … Sacked QB Jonathan Crompton for a 5-yard loss at the start of the second quarter … Chased down tailback Arian Foster on a 22-yard run and on third-&-8, Landry stopped Crompton just short of a first down on a third-&-8 run, forcing the Vols to settle for a 24-yard field goal with 0:03 remaining in the first half.

Alabama … Made five tackles (3 solos) with a pressure and a pass break-up … With less than four minutes left in the third quarter, QB John Paul Wilson's arm was hit by Landry on a third-&-10 pass that was intercepted by LSU's Chevis Jackson at the Tigers' 12-yard line …

Landry also deflected a third-&-14 pass thrown by Wilson that was intended for D.J. Hall, causing the Tide to punt on the next play with 6:56 remaining in the game.

Mississippi … Six of Landry's seven tackles came in run support, including two stops near the goal line … Landry tackled Brent Schaeffer for no gain on a bootleg early in the second quarter and then took down Marshay Green for a 1-yard loss on a third-&-10 pass from QB Seth Adams, forcing Ole Miss to punt with eleven minutes to play.

Arkansas … Ciollected nine tackles (7 solos), assisted on a stop behind the line of scrimmage, deflected a pass and intercepted another … On the game's first play from scrimmage, Landry chased down Felix Jones on a reverse that netted 40 yards … The LSU safety stopped Jones for a 9-yard loss on a reverse at the start of the fourth quarter … He then intercepted a Casey Dick pass and returned it 23 yards to the Arkansas 9, setting up Early Doucet's 7-yard touchdown catch with 10:59 left in the game … On Arkansas' final series, Landry batted away a Casey Dick third-&-10 pass intended for Marcus Monk, preserving a 31-26 LSU decision.

Notre Dame (Sugar Bowl) … Closed out his career with six tackles (4 solos) and an interception … Chased down Darius Walker on the tailback's 35-yard run with 5:04 left in the second quarter … Was penalized for an illegal block on a punt return midway through the third quarter … At the start of the fourth quarter, Landry intercepted a tipped Brady Quinn pass and returned it 32 yards to the ND 33, but an unsportsmanlike penalty charged to Landry put the ball back at the ND 48.

2005 Season

Associated Press All-American third-team selection … All-SEC first-team choice by the league's coaches … Started all thirteen games at free safety, despite playing with a loose bone fragment in his right ankle, waiting until after the Peach Bowl top undergo surgery … Finished fourth on the team with 69 tackles (42 solos), the only time in his LSU career that Landry did not lead the team in tackles … Had a 10-yard sack, four stops for losses of 17 yards and a quarterback pressure … Deflected eight passes and intercepted three others for 42 yards in returns (14.0 avg).

2005 Game Analysis

Arizona State … Due to Hurricane Katrina, LSU was forced to delay their home opener and actually had to play it on the road in Arizona … Landry posted eight tackles (6 solos), including one that stopped tailback Rudy Burgess behind the line of scrimmage and deflected one pass.

Tennessee … Intercepted a Rick Clausen pass, deflected another and made seven tackles (6 solos).

Mississippi State … Left the game in the first quarter with a right ankle sprain.

Vanderbilt … Returned to action by picking off a Jay Cutler pass for a 22-yard return.

Florida … Registered six tackles (2 solos) and batted away two passes.

Auburn … Followed with eleven tackles (6 solos) and a pass break-up.

North Texas and Appalachian State … Delivered five tackles in each game.

Alabama … Had seven tackles, pressuring QB Brodie Croyle into throwing a third-down incompletion and also sacked Croyle for a 10-yard loss in the third quarter.

Mississippi … Made four tackles (3 solos), including one that leveled slot back Larry Kendrick for a 3-yard loss on a reverse.

Arkansas … Intercepted a Casey Dick pass for a 20-yard return to kill a late fourth quarter drive, batted away two other passes and posted five tackles.

Georgia (SEC Championship) … Stopped tailback Thomas Brown for a 3-yard loss and was credited with six tackles (4 solos).

Miami (Peach Bowl) … Finished the year with four tackles (3 solos).

2004 Season

Second-team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches … Member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll … Started all year at free safety, leading the team with a career-high 92 tackles (53 solos), including three sacks for minus 19 yards and five stops for losses of 25 yards … Caused a fumble, had six pass deflections and intercepted four passes for 51 yards in returns (12.8 avg).

2004 Game Analysis

Oregon State … Registered twelve tackles (7 solos), as he sacked QB Derek Anderson for a 2-yard loss, deflected a pass and intercepted another.

Arkansas State … Added five hits, including a 10-yard sack of QB Nick Noce.

Auburn … Sacked QB Jason Campbell for minus 7 yards and delivered eleven tackles (8 solos).

Georgia … Posted eight tackles (5 solos) and stopped tailback Danny Ware for a 3-yard loss.

Vanderbilt … Produced a season-high fourteen tackles (7 solos), causing a fumble when Landry took down tailback Norval McKenzie for a 3-yard loss.

Alabama … Deflected a pass and produced ten tackles (4 solos).

Arkansas … Picked off two Matt Jones passes in the third quarter for 51 yards in returns, including one that he advanced 27 yards to set up a 7-yard touchdown run by LSU quarter-back Marcus Randall … Also made six tackles (5 solos).

Iowa (Sugar Bowl) … Recorded six tackles (5 solos) and intercepted a Drew Tate pass.

2003 Season

First-team Freshman All-American selection by the Football Writer's Association and College Football News … Associated Press All-SEC second-team pick (overall) … Added Freshman All-SEC honors from the league's coaches, the Knoxville News-Sentinel and The Sporting News … Played in fourteen games, starting at cornerback vs. Mississippi State before shifting to free safety for his final nine starts … Led the team with 80 tackles (54 solos), including three sacks for minus 30 yards, 3.5 stops for losses of 31 yards and seven quarterback pressures … Deflected four passes, intercepted two others and also blocked one kick.

2003 Game Analysis

Louisiana-Monroe … Made his collegiate debut with three tackles, including a 10-yard sack of QB Steven Jyles.

Western Illinois … Picked off a Russ Michna pass for his first career interception.

Mississippi State … In his first career start, Landry blocked a field goal attempt and came up with eleven tackles (8 solos), including a pressure.

Florida … In his first start at free safety, Landry sacked QB Chris Leak for a 9-yard loss, batted down a pass and delivered nine tackles (6 solos).

Auburn … Collected nine tackles (6 solos) with two pressures and a pass break-up.

Louisiana Tech … Sacked Luke McCown for an 11-yard loss and made eight tackles (6 solos).

Alabama and Mississippi … Registered eight tackles (6 solos) in each game, adding a pair of pressures vs. Ole Miss.

Georgia (SEC Championship) … Added five tackles (4 solos) and picked off a David Greene pass.

Oklahoma (Sugar Bowl) … Posted four tackles (3 assists) and one pressure.

Injury Report

2003: Missed the second half of the Arkansas game due to a concussion.

2006: Underwent surgery in January to remove a piece of bone from his right ankle and sat out spring drills.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.44 in the 40-yard dash … 425-pound bench press … 500-pound squat … 286-pound power clean.

Combine: 4.37 in the 40-yard dash … 1.55 10-yard dash … 2.57 20-yard dash … 37.5-inch vertical jump … 10'3" broad jump.

High School

Attended Hahnville (La.) High School, playing football for head coach Lou Valdin … One of the nations' most coveted recruits, he was ranked as the fifth-best athlete in the nation by College Football News and Rivals.com … Member of Fox Sports Network's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" second-team, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, the Baton Rouge Advocate Super Dozen, the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Top 25 Blue-Chip list and The Shreveport Times' Top 20 list … Super Prep All-American choice and rated the eighth-best defensive back in the country by that recruiting service … Helped lead Hahnville to a quarterfinal appearance and a final 11-2 record, while earning first-team 5A All-State honors after intercepting eight passes as a senior … A solid dual-threat quarterback, he threw for 1,639 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 693 yards and 12 scores.

Personal

Communication Studies major … Brother, Dawan, was a starting free safety at Georgia Tech (2002-05) and was drafted in the fifth round by the Baltimore Ravens in the 2006 NFL Draft, earning a starting spot in that team's secondary … Son of Rhonda and Frank Landry … Born LaRon Louis Landry on 10/14/84 in Metairie, Louisiana … Resides in Ama, Louisiana.

 
 

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