Patriots Draft: Pioli Finds A Sleeper

New England Patriots VP of Player Personnel, Scott Pioli is among a group of scouts, coaches and front office types who made the trip west to take a closer look at NFL Draft hopefuls in California. Pioli may have found a "sleeper" while there. The Pats and the Jets are making a return trip to put this "hot" prospect through a personal workout.

Scout.com's Tony Pauline reported that several big-name coaches were on hand to check out USC's Pro Day in southern California Wednesday. The main attractions of the event were Dwayne Jarrett, Ryan Kalil and Steve Smith who are projected as first day picks in the coming Draft.

New York Jets coach Eric Mangini, New England Patriots general manager Scott Pioli and Randy Mueller of the Miami Dolphins were on hand and are expected to make another stop at Hawaii's Pro Day today, before heading home. But Pioli and the Patriots will return to USC for a closer look at one of USC's defensive prospects, linebacker Dallas Sartz.

According to Pauline, the 6-foot-5, 232-pound Sartz ran his forties anywhere between 4.58-and-4.61 seconds. His turned in a 33-inch vertical jump and posted a broad jump of 9-feet-6-inches.

Sartz will work out for the Patriots Friday, and again for the New York Jets within the next few days.

The buzz surrounding Sartz's workouts at the Pro Day and at the Combine, is that he could work his way into the first day of the Draft. With a thin crop of outside linebackers available in April's draft, the Patriots are one of a group of teams interested in finding athletic players who can play multiple positions in their system. Sartz may be one of those players and because of his strong performances he may command a higher draft pick than in years past.

Nebraska's Kenny Wilson, right, is brought down by Southern California's Dallas Sartz, top and Ray Maualuga, bottom, during the second half of in a college football game Saturday, Sept. 16, 2006, in Los Angeles. After dazzling the opposition with an explosive offense in recent years, USC is halfway to an unbeaten season and another shot at the national championship primarily because of its defense. Leading the way is a linebacking corps that many believe ranks among the country's best.(AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, file)

 

Prospect Profile: Dallas Sartz, 6'-5", 238 lbs. OLB

Scouting Report:
Biography: Posted 70/9.5/7 as a senior, when he received All-Conference mention. Played in two games the prior season before a dislocated shoulder ended his campaign. Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and posted 60/6/2.

Pos: Patient linebacker best on the strong side. Instinctive, reads the action and remains disciplined with assignments. Efficient, takes good angles to the action and works to get involved.

Neg: Limited lateral range and does not possess a good change of direction. Lacks playing speed and has marginal skills in coverage.

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