- Todd McShay, Scouts Inc.
LSU safety LaRon Landry brings versatility to the field. Michigan cornerback Leon Hall is a natural playmaker. Texas' Michael Griffin hopes to grab the spotlight in 2006. Take a look at the preseason rankings for the nation's top returning defensive backs.
1. S LaRon Landry, LSU, SR, 6-2, 204
Landry is the epitome of a versatile defensive playmaker at the collegiate level. The hard-hitting, ballhawking safety surprised with his decision to return to Baton Rouge for a fourth go-around as a full-time starter. In three seasons to date, Landry has amassed 241 tackles, 18 passes broken up, nine interceptions and seven sacks -- not to mention a national championship ring as a true freshman during the 2003-'04 season.
The defensive back position is loaded with playmakers and hard hitters in 2006, writes Todd McShay.