Scout's Notebook: LB Dallas Sartz

A fifth-round pick by the Redskins last year, a hamstring injury wiped out his chances of making it a year ago. First-year linebacker Dallas Sartz will compete for a roster spot to provide depth for the Vikings linebacking corps. Here's a complete scouting report…

OLB, Dallas Sartz
(6047, 242, 4.57-4.75) Southern California

Notes:  Born 7/8/83, in Granite Bay, California.  His father, Jeff, played safety at Oregon State.  His grandfather, also named Dallas, was a Golden Gloves boxer at Washington State and a professional hydroplane racer.  Sartz was a 2001 Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-Western Region, Tom Lemming All-West and Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West second- team selection at Granite Bay High School.  He added Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and Sacramento Bee All-Sacramento first team as a senior defensive back and tight end.  He was also a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete.  As a senior, he recorded 103 tackles, including 4 tackles-for-loss, 2 interceptions, 7 pass deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 3 forced fumbles and 6 blocked kicks.  As a junior in 2000, he made 81 tackles, including 4 sacks, 6 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles.  He also was on Granite Bay's track team, with bests of 11.1 seconds in the 100-meters, 14.47 in the 110-meter high hurdles, 39.7 in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and 20-plus in the long jump, while also competing in the high jump, shot put and 400-meters.  He also lettered in basketball, earning All-League honors.

College:  Enrolled at Southern California in 2002, seeing action mostly on special teams and as a reserve outside linebacker as a true freshman; he made 8 tackles with one TFL, an interception and a pass deflection.  In 2003, he shared strong-side outside linebacker duties with Matt Grootegoed, starting the final 6 games; recorded 60 tackles, 2 sacks, 6 TFL, 4 PBU and one blocked kick.  Started all 13 games at SLB, helping the Trojans capture its second consecutive national title while earning All-Pac 10 Conference honorable mention honors en route to 48 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 6 PBU, one interception and a forced fumble.  Began the 2005 season with 8 tackles and 2 sacks in the first two games, but a left shoulder dislocation forced him to miss the rest of the season.  Sartz received a medical hardship and returned in 2006.  As a defensive captain, he picked up honorable mention All-Pac 10 recognition once again and was third on the team with 70 tackles.  He also led the team with 7 sacks and was credited with 9.5 TFL, 5 PBU, 2 fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.  In 53 games at USC, he started 34 times at strong-side linebacker.  He registered 194 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles-for-loss, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 16 PBU and one blocked kick.  Communications major

Pre-Draft measurables:  6047, 237 pounds; 20 reps at 225 pounds; 1.53 10-yard dash, 2.58 20-yard dash, 4.57-4.71 40-yard dash, 4.13 20-yard shuttle, 11.34 60-yard shuttle, 6.85 three-cone drill; 33 ½-inch vertical jump, 9'-6" broad jump.  Also recorded 360-pound bench press, 500-pound squat, 285-pound power clean, 33 ½-inch arm length, 9 1/8-inch hands and is ambidextrous.

Pro:  A fifth-round draft choice (No. 143 overall) by theDallas Sartz Washington Redskins in 2007.  He went to training camp as a backup to starter Marcus Washington at strong-side linebacker, but he was released with an injury settlement because of a pulled hamstring.  Signed by the Vikings as a free agent on March 18, 2008.

Positives:  An intelligent player with good instincts.  Versatile, rangy and athletic with good speed and instensity.  Picks things up quickly.  Disciplined player who generally plays within himself and the scheme.  Takes good pursuit angles.  Excellent height.  Can cover a tight end in the flat and gets good depth in pass drops, making him well-suited for the Cover-2 scheme the Vikings deploy.  Flies to the ball at times.  Shows flashes as an outside pass rusher with good blitz speed off the edge.  Could develop into a strong special-teams player.  Good character and work ethic.  Team-oriented player.

Negatives:  Durability has been a major question mark.  Because of his tall, angular build, he struggles to break down and change directions in the open field.  Isn't a true take-on-blockers type and needs to be free to flow to the action.  Misses some tackles.

Summary:  Reminds me a bit of Chad Greenway with his speed, range and athleticism, but isn't as compact, tightly-wound or nimble in the open field.  Has a very good chance to make the team as a backup behind Ben Leber at strong-side linebacker and contribute on special teams IF he can avoid injuries in training camp.

What they said: 

"Is best-suited to play as a ‘Sam' ‘backer in a 4-3 scheme.  Scouts have very mixed emotions concerning his potential, but if he can improve his play strength, stay healthy and settle into one position, he has a chance to develop."  - Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

Other links:  NFL.com | SI.com Video | College bio

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