Shortly after the draft I solicited information on Dallas Sartz per the SBN bloggers who would know something about that: Paragon SC and DC Trojan of our USC Blog, Conquest Chronicles. They graciously responded with their thoughts on Sartz and how he might fit in with the Redskins, which can be found below:
There is no question that he is motivated and a leader and will bring a strong positive attitude to the Redskins. He's a gamer and has the skills to become a productive NFL caliber linebacker.
He does need to add some size and be quicker in order to handle blocks off the line. He's not explosive or terribly strong but he can play both inside and outside though I think his range would suit him better to play the inside where he can both pass rush and work to be an effective weapon against the run. He also needs to improve his work at the line of scrimmage particularly against the Tight End, but he can cover a Tight End in the flat. He drops back well into pass coverage.
Coach Gibbs will probably start off using him on Special Teams because he is athletic, intelligent and learns quickly. Pete Carroll tends to play two kinds of linebacker: the kind that are genuinely fast (Rey Maualuga) and the kind that are fast because they read an offense well. Sartz is in that latter category. If the Redskins are going to focus more on having assigned safety roles, which they have suggested, to improve the pass defense in the secondary, then Sartz is the kind of player who can defend against shorter passes to give the safeties room to work. He tends to find the ball whatever the play from the offense is.
The rest of the linebackers do not present much competition, in my opinion. I like Khary Campbell though Sartz already outsizes him and has some additional room to grow. Anthony Trucks could surprise some people in virtue of his name, which is far too perfectly scary for him to suck at football. Realistically though, he's got an uphill battle to compete with our newest two drafted linebackers, Sartz and Blades.
Thanks again to Conquest Chronicles for the writeup.