Dallas Sartz   LB   USC

 

STRENGTHS 

Dallas is a tall, angular LB that has excellent intelligence to play more than one position.  He has solid athletic skills but his real strength is his ability to analyze and break down plays as they are happening right in front of him.  He shows a good burst and excellent quickness and does a solid job in coverage as well as being a good tackler in the run game.  Dallas doesn’t have outstanding athletic talent, but when he is on the field, he seems to always be in the right spot at the right time to make an impact play. At times, Dallas reminds me of Jason Taylor (DE Miami Dolphins) and at other times he reminds me of Adalius Thomas (OLB).  I know most everyone will think that he is an OLB and will work him out as an OLB, but the truth is that if you bulk this kid up and keep him on the line as a DE in a 4-3, you are going to see this kid’s true talent and he will be an impact player.  If you keep him as an OLB in a 3-4, he should be a perfect fit for the Patriots and Jets.

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Dallas is the type of player that when you work him out, he will not impress you.  You really have to look at him on film to appreciate his importance to a team.  Dallas has excellent quickness, but could use better overall speed to recover and run players down.  The key is that Dallas is never out of position and does not need to run players down because of his intelligence and instincts. 

 

TALENT BOARD ROUND: 4

I am giving Dallas a second day grade because he is a systems LB and not the type of LB that will fit in just any kind of defense.  The truth is that I like this kid’s character, intelligence, passion and talent to impact at the next level and become a core player for the team that drafts him.  He just knows how to play the game and he does a good job communicating to his teammates on the field.  Dallas could play for me no matter what defense I was running on my team because he is so smart and will compensate for his athletic limitations -– that’s if he truly has them.  Dallas strikes me as the type of athlete that doesn’t know how athletic he is until he is forced to use it and even then, it surprises himself.  I don’t think that Dallas has reached his full potential athletically…he is so smart on the field, before and as the play is unfolding in front of him, that he never has to use all of his athletic abilities.  Like I said before, I think if you bulk him up that he could be as good as Jason Taylor DE drafted in the third round and if you left him at the OLB position, he could be as good as Adalius Thomas who was drafted in the sixth round.  Right now, Dallas is a very underrated player that most likely will not be picked until the second day of this draft.  My feeling about him is that he is a sleeper pick who has been playing right in front of everyone’s eyes on a big time college team.  He has gone unnoticed and unappreciated because he is so efficient and does his job so well. 

Drew Boylhart

March/2007