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They Stuck With the Board - It's Landry

The Washington Redskins utilized the sixth pick on safety LaRon Landry today, selecting the highest rated defensive player on their draft board. Landry does not address the club's biggest needs on the defensive line, but the club hopes he will aid in the sagging pass coverage and provide another big-play presence in the secondary.

Landry, who was the second player from LSU selected in the top six, will eventually form a pairing with safety Sean Taylor, who was taken fifth overall in 2004. It is rare for a safety to be selected that high - much less by the same team in a four-year span - but Landry's talent and potential ultimately made him too enticing to pass on. The Redskins believe he could play either safety position and be deployed deep in coverage, or close to the line of scrimmage to aid the pass rush.

The Redskins explored numerous trade options leading up to the draft, including rekindling a long-discussed deal for Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs, and many within the organization were hoping they could trade down to acquire multiple assets to target several positions following a disappointing 5-11 season. Washington has just one pick today - the Redskins' next selection is in the fifth round - and wanted to identify ways to stockpile more. Completing such trades are always difficult, however, and few teams have displayed serious interest about moving up to the sixth pick.

Landry, 22, is a Louisiana native and his brother Dawan, is a safety with the Baltimore Ravens. LaRon Landry returned to LSU for his senior season despite being a top draft prospect as a junior as well. He started 48 straight games to end his college career and had 12 interceptions and eight sacks at LSU. He was a first team All American as a senior and gives the Redskins what may be the first secondary in history with so many top-10 draft picks.

Cornerback Shawn Springs was the third overall pick in 1997 (by Seattle), Taylor was fifth overall by the Redskins in 2004 and cornerback Carlos Rogers was the ninth-overall pick in 2005. The Redskins next pick int he fifth round, then pick twice in the sixth round and once in the seventh round.

We'll see what kind of fit he is with Taylor, how they mesh and if they meld. Also, if Landry ends up with a biggest contract than Taylor - very possible - it would make waves, too, because Taylor has been troubled with his contract since shortly after signing it.

By Jason La Canfora  |  April 28, 2007; 1:14 PM ET
 
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