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4/29/2007

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Cowboys Draft in The Bag!

Here's a rundown of the players we drafted with a few quick thoughts on the picks

1st Pick (1st round)
DE Anthony Spencer - Purdue
6-3, 261lbs

Spencer will be in the OLB rotation with Ellis and Carpenter. This is an immediate impact player and could find himself in heavy rotation.

2nd Pick (2nd round)
OT James Marten - Boston College
6-7.5, 309lbs

Marten was the 2nd player the Cowboys drafted, and one of the top LT in this draft. This is a depth pick and future starter pick right here, straight up. Assuming Marten can live up to his dominating prowess he'll be set to be an impact player. This is a big player here.

3rd Pick (4th round)
QB Isaiah Stanback - Washington
6-2, 216lbs

Stanback is the replacement for the pick we missed on with Skylar Green. Same round, same purpose. Stanback will be on special teams and probably utilized in the return game. We did not draft him for a backup QB.

4th Pick (4th round)
OT Doug Free - Northern Illinois
6-6, 324lbs

Free could be the steal at this part of the draft. Free blocked well for the top rushing leader in ncaa last year, and you'll notice he is another big guy at 6-6 324. He'll be plugged in for a backup role and groomed for future spot on the line.

5th Pick (6th round)
K Nick Folk - Arizona
6-1, 225lbs

Folk is a surprise here considering fellow prospect Mason Crosby was still on the board as well. Folk has a strong leg and can kick the ball deep. He'll compete with Gramatica this year. I don't want to waste a spot with (2) kickers. Do you?

6th Pick (6th round)
FB Deon Anderson - Connecticut
5-10, 236lbs

Anderson was drafted to give the Cowboys some options as FB. Garrett is hoping to get more from the FB this year, and Anderson will give Polite some competition for that roster spot.

7th Pick (7th round)
CB Courtney Brown - Cal Poly
6-1, 205lbs

Brown was drafted for CB depth, we didn't draft an impact CB in the early rounds, so this means we'll be rolling with Henry, Newman, and Glenn as the starters, but after that we have Jacques Reeves and Nate Jones who signed their 1yr tenders this year, so this pick protects and gives up depth for this year and especially next year when Reeves and Jones could move on.

8th Pick (7th round)
CB Alan Ball - Illinois
6-1, 175lbs

Ball was drafted for the same reason as Brown, see above*


More Notes
Overall, I like the feel of this draft, and I like how we have positioned ourselves for next year's draft. We have (2) first rounder and this will REALLY help us out, especially if we choose not to re-sign Julius Jones next year, and this will give us some options for a high end WR, if we lose one or both of our receivers.

One thing you'll notice in this draft is the size of the Offensive Lineman, we took. They are BIG. Garrett is bringin' BIG back. Remember the amount of beef we had on our lines back in the 90's, well they could be makin a comeback here pretty soon...

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