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04-04-12, 11:10 AM #2481
45. (2nd round) Dallas Cowboys: Ronnell Lewis, OLB/DE, Oklahoma
The Cowboys are looking hard at linebackers. Anthony Spencer was franchised, but is a one-year answer. Dallas will look to add a pass rusher it can groom for a year behind Spencer before playing the youngster in 2013.
In Lewis' interview with WalterFootball.com, he said that he has a pre-draft visit with the Cowboys, Chargers and Jets. Dallas may have to trade up for him. Lewis could go a lot earlier and is an underrated prospect. The 6-foot-2, 253-pounder is well-built physical specimen. With his speed and physicality, Lewis could be a good fit as a 3-4 rush linebacker or inside linebacker. He could move between inside and outside depending on the situation.
The junior was moved to defensive end this season and played well. In 10 games, he had 59 tackles with 13 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, five passes batted away, a forced fumble and an interception. Lewis played excellently against Texas A&M and its two very good offensive tackles, Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel. Florida State tackles Andrew Datko and Zebrie Sanders were also outplayed by Lewis. He is an interesting prospect who flashed as an outside linebacker at the end of 2010.
Lewis is a physical force who plays with violence, and is built like a truck. He had academic issues and didn't play in Oklahoma's Bowl game.
04-04-12, 11:10 AM #2482
81. (third round) Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Brooks, G, Miami of Ohio
The Cowboys get some interior help for their offensive line, and they like big offensive linemen.
Brooks is a massive lineman at 6-foot-4, 353-pounds who carries his weight well. He had a strong week of practice at the East-West Shrine. Brooks has the strength to move blockers, but he also is more athletic than one might think. Brooks has some developmental tools.
04-04-12, 11:12 AM #2483
113. (fourth round) Dallas Cowboys: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
The Cowboys get some depth at corner.
After notching two interceptions per season as a freshman and sophomore, Minnifield broke out with six picks in 2010. He also had 48 tackles with one sack and four passes broken up. The 5-foot-10, 183-pounder can contribute as a punt returner as well.
Minnifield hurt his stock when he checked into the Combine significantly shorter than his listed height. Then, Minnifield didn't work out on the field, and he also had the lowest bench press total (seven) of any defensive back.
Minnifield's numbers declined as a senior since most teams threw away from him. In 2011, he totaled three interceptions plus 50 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and eight passes broken up. His last interception was returned 54 yards for a touchdown.
Minnifield has the ability to function as a man or zone corner. He is a gritty, instinctive player. That could stem from his bloodlines. His father, Frank Minnifield, was a Pro Bowl defensive back in the 1980s.
135. (fourth round - compensatory) Dallas Cowboys: Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
The Cowboys get some receiving depth with the departure of Laurent Robinson.
Quick (6-4, 220) was solid but unspectacular at the Combine and Senior Bowl. Quick posted three solid years of production for Appalachian State. In 2011, he had his best season with 71 receptions for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a junior, Quick totaled 47 catches for 844 yards and nine scores after hauling in 61 passes for 982 yards and four scores in 2009. He is a big receiver who looks like a potential red-zone threat in the NFL.
04-04-12, 11:13 AM #2484
152. (fifth round) Dallas Cowboys: Janzen Jackson, S, McNeese State
The Cowboys could use some safety help and take a chance on the talented Jackson.
Jackson (5-11, 188) had 31 tackles with five passes broken up, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 2011. At the Scouting Combine, he was hit and miss. There were times where Jackson looked excellent while in other drills, he was completely lost. Jackson has some physical talent, but he will be a project at the pro level.
Before the start of the 2011 season, Jackson was kicked out of Tennessee after some quality production in past years. His issues were related to drugs and alcohol. The season before his dismissal, 2010, he notched five interceptions with 69 tackles and six passes broken up for the Volunteers. Jackson started as a freshman the year before next to Eric Berry and recorded 37 tackles with three passes broken up and an interception.
04-04-12, 10:56 PM #2485
Somebody was really, really bored at ESPN...
Continuing our team-by-team series on the history of the specific draft picks each NFC East team has this year, we take a look today at the Dallas Cowboys, who have eight picks in this year's draft.
Turning up some interesting trivia in these. For instance, the Cowboys have the 186th pick, which produced Deacon Jones, and the 152nd pick, with which the Houston Texans last year took a quarterback who a few months later started their first two playoff games in franchise history.
PICK 14 (14th pick, first round)
Last five players taken
2011 -- Robert Quinn, DE, Rams
2010 -- Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks
2009 -- Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Saints
2008 -- Chris Williams, T, Bears
2007 -- Darrelle Revis, CB, Jets
Cowboys' history of No. 14 picks
The Cowboys have never had the No. 14 pick.
Hall of Famers picked No. 14
Jim Kelly (1983), Gino Marchetti (1952), Len Ford (1948, AAFC)
Jeremy Shockey (2002), Eddie George (1996), Dick Stanfel (1951)
PICK 45 (13th pick, round 2)
Last five players taken
2011 -- Rahim Moore, DB, Broncos
2010 -- Zane Beadles, G, Broncos
2009 -- Clint Sintim, LB, Giants
2008 -- Jordon Dizon, LB, Lions
2007 -- Dwayne Jarrett, WR, Panthers
Cowboys' history of No. 45 picks
1968 -- Dave McDaniels
Hall of Famers picked No. 45
Dave Casper (1974)
PICK 81 (19th pick, third round)
Last five players taken
2011 --DeMarcus Van Dyke, DB, Raiders
2010 -- Earl Mitchell, DT, Texans
2009 -- Roy Miller, DT, Buccaneers
2008 -- Early Doucet, WR, Cardinals
2007 -- Jay Alford, DT, Giants
Cowboys' history of No. 81 picks
1984 -- Fred Cornwell
1982 -- Jim Eliopulos
1981 -- Glenn Titensor
1977 -- Val Belcher
Hall of Famers picked No. 81
None, though Art Shell was the 80th pick in 1968 and Joe Montana was the 82nd in 1979.
PICK 113 (18th pick, round four)
Last five players picked
2011 -- Chimdi Chekwa, DB, Raiders
2010 -- Aaron Hernandez, TE, Patriots
2009 -- Vaughn Martin, DT, Chargers
2008 -- Dwight Lowery, CB, Jets
2007 -- Brian Smith, DE, Jaguars
Cowboys' history of No. 113 picks
1989 -- Keith Jennings
1984 -- Steve Pelluer
1975 -- Kyle Davis
Hall of Famers picked No. 113
None. But Steve Largent was picked 117th in 1976 and George Blanda was picked 119th in 1949.
PICK 135 (40th pick, fourth round)
Last five players picked
2011 --Ricky Stanzi, QB, Chiefs
2010 -- Dominique Franks, DB, Falcons
2009 -- Troy Kropog, T, Titans
2008 -- Josh Sitton, G, Packers
2007 -- Joe Cohen, DT, 49ers
Cowboys' history of No. 135 picks
1983 -- Chuck McSwain
Hall of Famers picked No. 135
None. Closest were Jackie Smith and Roger Staubach, who were picked No. 129 in 1963 and 1964, respectively.
PICK 152 (17th pick, round 5)
Last five players picked
2011 -- T.J. Yates, QB, Texans
2010 -- Otis Hudson, G, Bengals
2009 -- James Casey, TE, Texans
2008 -- Letroy Guion, DT, Vikings
2007 -- Antonio Johnson, DT, Titans
Cowboys' history of No. 152 picks
1984 -- Eugene Lockhart
1969 -- Rick Shaw
Hall of Famers taken No. 152
None. Closest I found was Arnie Weinmeister, No. 166 in 1945.
PICK 186 (16th pick, round 6)
Last five players taken
2011 -- D.J. Smith, LB, Packers
2010 -- Clifton Geathers, DE, Browns
2009 -- Robert Henson, LB, Redskins
2008 -- Colt Brennan, QB, Redskins
2007 -- Thomas Clayton, RB, 49ers
Cowboys' history of No. 186 pick
2003 -- Zuriel Smith
1976 -- Greg Schaum
Hall of Famers picked No. 186
Deacon Jones (1961)
PICK 222 (15th pick, round 7)
Last five players taken
2011 -- Anthony Gaitor, DB, Buccaneers
2010 -- Marc Mariani, WR, Titans
2009 -- Pat McAfee, P, Colts
2008 -- Chester Adams, G, Bears
2007 -- Derek Schouman, FB, Bills
Cowboys' history of No. 222 picks
1984 -- Mike Revell
1978 -- Homer Butler
Hall of Famers picked No. 222
None. Closest was Andy Robustelli, picked 228th in 1951
04-05-12, 07:30 PM #2486
Cowboys claim Tampa Bay QB, former practice squad member Rudy Carpenter off waivers
By Rainer Sabin / Reporter
The Cowboys have claimed former Tampa Bay quarterback Rudy Carpenter off waivers, according to a source.
Carpenter, 25, starred at Arizona State before signing with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in April 2009. After he was cut at the end of training camp, he joined the team's practice squad.
In November 2009, Tampa Bay signed him to its active roster. Since then, Carpenter has appeared in only one NFL game and has yet to throw a pass. He is expected to compete with Stephen McGee, a 2009 fourth-round pick, to become the team's third quarterback behind starter Tony Romo and backup Kyle Orton.
04-06-12, 03:30 PM #2487
Looks like Phillip Blake has moved up to the #4 C behind Konz, Ben Jones from Georgia and Mike Brewster from Ohio State. Konz projects late 1st/early 2nd round, Jones and Brewster in the 3rd / 4th and Blake in the 4th.
The Cowboys filled their needs for offensive guards in free agency, but they have made no moves at center. That could change in the draft. One possiblity is Baylor center Philip Blake. He will workout for the Cowboys and new offensive line coach Bill Callahan on Monday in Waco. Blake's stock has been rising since his Senior Bowl and combine performances. The 6-2, 311-pounder had 22 reps in the 225-pound bench press, ran a 5.25 in the 40, had a 29 1/2-inch vertical jump and went 8 feet, 9 inches in the broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine. He nad no need to show much more during Baylor's Pro Day on Wednesday, though he did perfectly execute several shotgun snaps to Robert Griffin III during Griffin's throwing session. Blake, a Canadian, started all 38 games in his three seasons at Baylor after transferring from Tyler Junior College. He was first team all-Big 12 last season. He is projected as a fourth-round draft pick as the fourth-rated center in the draft. - Charean Williams, The Fort Worth Star Telegram
04-06-12, 03:31 PM #2488
BTW - these are 4 pretty solid centers. I think we would do well with any one of them. After that is David Molk from Michigan. But he's undersized at 6'1, 290. A Remington finalist.
04-06-12, 03:42 PM #2489
Wow - this guy is really heating up:
Brock Osweiler, DS #6 QB, Arizona State
Name: *Brock Osweiler
College: Arizona State Number: 17
Height: 6-7 Weight: 242
Position: QB Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2012
40 Time: 4.83 40 Low: 4.72 40 High: 4.98
Projected Round: 2-3 Stock:
Rated number 6 out of 115 QB's 80 / 2506 TOTAL
Draft Scout *Brock Osweiler News
04/06/12 - Cardinals quarterbacks coach John McNulty attended the recent Pro Day of Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler. The Cardinals aren't likely to draft a quarterback, but McNulty is impressed with Osweiler, who left school a year early. "Everybody talks about his height (6-7), but he obviously moves very well for his size. And that idea that he could have gone to Gonzaga to play basketball is something people take into consideration, for his athletic ability," McNulty said. He's showed a big arm today, that's for sure. He threw a lot of deep balls, which was nice." - The Sports Xchange
04/06/12 - The Broncos' search for a quarterback is not over, and appears to be focused on the draft.Following his on-campus workout on March 29, Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler told reporters he had workouts scheduled this week with the Broncos. The Chiefs, Dolphins and Bills also planned to bring in the quarterback for private sessions, he said after his workout. Coach John Fox said at the Scouting Combine the Broncos planned to go into training camp with four quarterbacks. With Peyton Manning, Caleb Hanie and 2011 practice-squad player Adam Weber under contract, they need one more to round out the list - most likely a quarterback who can be legitimately considered their starter of the future. Weber and Hanie don't appear to fit the profile, but the 6-7, 242-pound Osweiler would - and might be ideal considering that his relatively raw skill set ensures he needs at least one to two years of proper seasoning. - The Sports Xchange
04-06-12, 03:50 PM #2490
6'1, 193 lbs,
03/31/12 - It's rare for a Division III player to have a career in the NFL. It has happened - take Mount Union wide receiver Pierre Garcon, who landed with the Colts, drafted in the sixth round in 2008. Chris Greenwood could be the next. Greenwood, the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association defensive player of the year for Albion, has enjoyed an outstanding month, starting with Michigan's pro day March 15, when he ran a 4.34 40, had a vertical jump of 43 inches and a broad jump of 11-foot-2. "It's exciting," said Greenwood, a cornerback who played at Detroit King. "I'm living a dream. It's fun. It's football. I know I have what it takes to play in the NFL. I can make plays. I'm just looking for an opportunity to show everyone." Greenwood is getting it. A scout from the Dolphins was in Albion on Monday for a workout, followed by Cowboys secondary coach Jerome Henderson on Tuesday. Henderson even lined up as a wide receiver and ran routes to see how Greenwood would respond. "(Henderson) wanted me to get physical with him to get a feel of how I play," Greenwood said. "Trust me, I got physical with him. He told me I had a good workout and told me what he liked and what I still needed to work on." Henderson also talked with Albion coach Craig Rundle after the workout. "Jerome was impressed," Rundle said. "He said Chris got after it pretty good and thought he would have a good career in the league (NFL). Rundle, too, has been impressed with his former player. "Chris has a high football IQ," Rundle said. "He has great speed and size, long arms and leverage to be a good cover guy, especially in press-man. "I talked to guys at Michigan and they said Chris had the best pro day. … He's a great athlete, great player and an impressive young man." - David Goricki, The Detroit News
04-06-12, 03:53 PM #2491
04/06/12 - The Cowboys hosted several local prospects for Dallas Day workouts on Thursday and Friday. These are players who played in high school or college in the Fort Worth-Dallas metroplex. Among the expected candidates are Texas linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson, TCU linebacker Tank Carder, Texas A&M receiver Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M running back Cyrus Gray, LSU cornerback Ron Brooks, Oklahoma defensive back Jamell Fleming, Tarleton State quarterback Nick Stephens, Tulsa quarterback G.J. Kinne and Central Arkansas quarterback Nathan Dick. - The Sports Xchange
04-09-12, 12:25 PM #2492
Bobby Carpenter signed by the Patriots.
04-09-12, 12:27 PM #2493
Draft preview series: Alabama S Mark Barron
April, 9, 2012
By Tim MacMahon and Bryan Broaddus | ESPNDallas.com
The 21st installment of our draft preview series focuses on Alabama safety Mark Barron.
Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 1 safety, No. 11 overall
Bio: Two-time first-team All-American and three-time first-team All-SEC selection had 235 tackles, 12 interceptions and 34 passes broken up while starting 38 games in his college career. As a senior, he a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award while starring on a national championship team that ranked No. 1 nationally in passing defense, scoring defense and total defense. Led SEC with seven interceptions as a sophomore on a national championship team.
Alabama safety Mark Barron does a good job supporting the run, but there are some questions about his cover skills.
Size: 6-foot-1, 213 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.54 seconds
Did not work out at combine due to hernia surgery.
Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Arkansas, Florida, Tennessee and LSU): Lined up as a safety in the Crimson Tide defensive scheme but really plays more like a linebacker than a real safety. Was a three-year starter on the nation’s top-ranked defense. He does some of his best work around the line of scrimmage. … Is not a hard player to find on film because he is always around the ball. Might not be the quickest safety, but he is very quick mentally when it comes to reacting to the play. When he sees it, he is gone. Outstanding anticipation to drive on the ball. Is rarely fooled on the play. Arkansas tried to run a reverse on him, but he totally shut it down. … Shows awareness in the scheme he plays. Doesn’t overrun plays or get out of balance. Can tell that the defensive coaches have a great deal of faith in his ability by the way they use him to make plays. … Is a read-and-react cover guy. Will see him play more in an area and pick up crossers or receivers as they run their routes. I didn’t observe many plays where he would walk down in the slot and just carry that man in coverage. …
When he was in coverage, thought he needed to get his hands on the man to have a solid chance to stay in coverage. Didn’t see a player with great catch-up speed, but his physical style made up for this. … Is not a fluid-moving player, more of an explosive one. There is some tightness when you see him pedal. Doesn’t turn all that well. … Love the way he supports the run. This is one of his great strengths. Is a downhill player that is physical at the point of attack. Will make some big hits and will wrap up when in position, but has missed some too when he went too low and ended up on the ground. Is not afraid to stick his nose in the hole and make the tackle when he is near the line. Was very productive against LSU and their powerful running game at filling the hole. … Is used on the blitz in some schemes. Brings power off the edge. Has a feel for how to create pressure on his blitz. Don’t see him quit his rush or give up and stop. … Overall is an outstanding football player. But, as far as a fit for the Cowboys, I have my questions about whether he can play as a safety that can cover. I only observed one play where he had to defend the ball down the field on a pass and that was against Tennessee off the hash and he was able to make that play. There is no question about Barron’s toughness and his smarts, but we all watched last season when the ball went down the field against these Cowboys’ safeties, and plays were not being made. This roster has plenty of strong safety types in Gerald Sensabaugh, Barry Church and Danny McCray that aren’t known as good cover guys. You have to be able to handle these offenses that play with multiple wide receivers. … I have a ton of respect for the way that Barron plays, but it will be interesting to see how he fits in coverage schemes.
04-09-12, 12:28 PM #2494Baylor fan (8424 points)
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Wow...Glenn Titensor and Steve Pelleur. That brings back some memories.
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04-09-12, 02:18 PM #2496
Well, we're only 2 1/2 weeks away from the draft. Starts with the first round in primetime on Thurs., April 26, followed by the second and third rounds in primetime on Fri., April 27. Rounds 4-7 will be held Sat., April 28.
04-09-12, 02:27 PM #2497
Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer is back on the $8.8 million franchise tender, and Jerry Jones won't rule out a pass rusher in the first round of the draft later this month.
All that, despite Jones' assertion that backup Victor Butler (3.0 sacks) graded out as the most efficient player on defense last season.
"What’s ironic here relative to the pressure is we’re high on Butler," Jones said at the NFL meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. "We think Butler is somebody who can really give us the pass rush.
"There’s some concern with setting the edge with him, but as far as the pass rush we know we can get plays out of Butler. He had the highest ratio of successful plays for the time he played on our defense when he was in there."
If Butler is indeed making an impression on the defensive coaching staff, Rob Ryan will find ways to get him more plays. The immediate question is whether the team will find a talented rusher in the draft, either at linebacker or defensive line -- or both.
04-09-12, 02:48 PM #2498
- Right now I think that a tradeback is in order unless Coples or someone totally unexpected drops into our laps (Richardson? Claiborne?) If they do, Claiborne is a keeper. Richardson may have fantastic value on the trade market.
- I think that DeCastro would be a fantastic fit here, but with the signing of the two FA OGs, it's not a position of 'must have'.
- I don't think Poe will go before us - teams tend to be worried about workout warriors. However he is worth consideration in the 20's I believe if we trade back.
- Right now I'm not buying into Cox at 14.
- Very concerned about two things with Barron. First, his two hernia surgeries. These tend to be nagging and never seem to fully heal and second, he is a Roy Williams type SS. Great in the box and covering moderate speed TE's, not so in slot or WR coverage.
- I would not be unhappy with any of these trades to get an extra 2: Cincinnati 21 + 53 (1170) for Dallas 14 + 113 (1168), Detroit 23 + 54 (1120) for Dallas 14+ 186 (1118) or Pittsburgh 24 + 56 + 159 (1108.8) for Dallas 14 + 222 (1103.6). I think especially at 21 we should be able to get a strong CB (Gilmore, Jenkins, Denard?), the DT Devon Still, possibly Poe or Cox.
04-09-12, 02:55 PM #2499
Sean Lee said he modeled his game after Dan Connor, one of the seven free agents the Cowboys signed in the offseason.
Connor is expected to compete with second-year player Bruce Carter for a spot opposite Lee, the Cowboys’ leading tackler last year, at inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense.
“He was a guy that I modeled myself after in college and a guy that I really looked up to,” Lee said Wednesday night at a charity event at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine. “He’s a guy that’s an extremely hard worker. He’s a guy that leads by example every day. He had a great career at Penn State. He’s a really good linebacker and a complete player. I’m excited to play with him again.”
Lee and Connor played together at Penn State in 2007, when Connor set the school’s career tackles record.
But Lee is also optimistic about Carter, the Cowboys’ second-round draft pick a year ago who will go into this season fully recovered from knee surgery in his last year of college at North Carolina.
“He looks great,” Lee said. “We’ve been working out together at the facility. The knee isn’t an issue. I think he’s ready to go. I think he did a great job coming off a knee injury and transitioning to the NFL. He’s very talented. We need him to step up for us, and I think he understands that. I think he’s going to put the work in. It’s a matter of time until he becomes a very good football player.”
04-09-12, 04:09 PM #2500
Connor is a good player who has been caught up a bit in a numbers game there, and has dealt with some injury issues. I think he's by far the best signing as far as bang for the buck.