I know the Tank will be back blowing things up, but will Jay Ratliff split time at end? He needs to be on the field as much as possible. This leads me to believe that Dallas will draft a nose tackle somewhere between the 3rd and 5th rounds.
NFLDraftCountdown.com mocks the first three rounds and has the Cowboys picking this guy:
Defensive Tackle | Senior | Iowa St. Ahtyba Rubin
Height: 6-23/4 | Weight: 315 | 40-Time: 5.22
Real strong and powerful...Has excellent bulk..Is stout at the point of attack...Can occupy multiple blockers...Has a terrific motor...Decent mobility and range...Does a fantastic job against the run...Really knows how to use his hands...Still improving.
Weaknesses:Offers very little as a pass rusher...Not very quick or explosive...Needs to improve his technique and play with better leverage...Lacks stamina...Short...Was not very productive and didn't make a lot of plays...Only two years of Division I experience.
First name is pronounced "ah-TAH-ba"...Spent two years at a JUCO (Trinity Valley C.C.) where he played both defensive and offensive line...An underrated prospect who doesn't get a lot of attention but will most likely be chosen much higher than people think...One-dimensional run-stuffer...May be a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle.
Year GP TKL TFL SACK
2004 JUCO - - -
2005 JUCO - - -
2006 12 34 4.0 1.0
2007 12 42 4.0 1.5
Totals 24 76 8.0 2.5
What do you think? Anybody else a good deal in the 3rd?