There has been a lot of hate being spread because of the Cowboys draft didn't pick up what are labeled as impact Olineman, even though they probably hit on every other need area they had. There are some that are thrilled with us picking up Dez (me included) and think that despite the lack up high pick love for Olineman still think this draft as of right now was a major success. I thought I would post some scouting reports and videos of the new guys so that I can help change some opinions, generate some excitement and optimism and help fill in the gaps for all the non draftniks we have.
Starting out with a splash and bang.
24. Dez Bryant - Say what you will, this kid WILL impact us this year. Right now he isn't going to be asked to be a star WR but what they will ask of him is to see a hole, cut and accelerate on PRs and make catches when they are available. He was a dynamic PR scoring 3 TDs in basically 1 full year, even when Oklahoma State had themselves a good college receiver Dez forced his way on the field and I'm sure he will do the same for us this year
Strengths: The most noticeable thing about Bryant are his hands. They're incredibly large and strong, which allows him to make a lot of difficult catches in traffic. Bryant's hands are so impressive the New York Times wrote a whole story about them.
Does a really good job concentrating on the ball when it's in the air. Rarely has to make body catches. Often showed good awareness of where the sidelines were and can get his feet inbounds.
Has a great grasp of a play while it's developing. Knows when to come back to the quarterback to get open and gain positive yards. Excels catching the ball in the air and is a great red zone target. Shows the agility in the air to twist his body around and shield defenders off.
Bryant has good size at 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. More importantly, he knows how to use it after the catch. In the open field, Bryant is a bull to take down. He can easily break arm tackles and shrugs off tacklers who don't wrap up.
Lateral quickness and speed is as a good as when he's going straight line. Very good stop and go receiver. Doesn't take long strides which gives him some separation. Also uses head fakes well to trick cornerbacks.
Weaknesses: The biggest complaint about Bryant is his playing speed. Unlike Randy Moss, for instance, he probably won't time especially well. Fast cornerbacks can stick with him down the field and edge him over to the sideline.
A step slow off the snap. Could improve his suddenness to beat jams better with his quickness.
Because he comes from a spread offense, Bryant hasn't been asked to run a full route tree and may have to learn some in this area. His best route is clearly the quick slant.
Too often, Bryant likes to initiate contact. While this was fine against smaller Big 12 defensive backs, this could get him in trouble with more aggressive NFL defenses.
Can get knocked off his route and get knocked off his game somewhat (see this year's Georgia game). Could do a better job of properly securing the ball after the catch.
Typical of most spread receivers, Bryant can struggle blocking against the run.
Never really considered a leader on the Oklahoma State offense. Some question if he's a system player, much like former Oklahoma State star Rashaun Woods.
Final word: A lot of the same complaints that were made about Michael Crabtree can be made about Bryant. They both played in a spread offense. Neither has blazing speed but have the hands and high-point agility to make up for it.
The big difference is their attitudes. While Crabtree was known to have an inflated sense of his own self worth, Bryant is known to be a down-to-earth individual. He had a rough upbringing, being raised by a single mother who spent 18 months in prison for selling drugs.
Trouble with academics in high school scared away some teams, but his football acumen is sound. It's impossible to say how well Bryant will be able to digest an NFL playbook, but he just knows how to get open.
To do that, he can rely on his athleticism and quickness. Bryant may not be terribly fast, but he strong and shifty. No receiver in college football could cut on a dime as well as Bryant. That allowed him to get open for a split second and that's when his elite-level hands come in.
Over two and a third seasons, Bryant had 147 receptions for 2,425 yards and 29 touchdowns. He's also a very good special teams player who took back three punts for a touchdown.
In Crabtree, Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Andre Johnson, there have been some special receivers in the draft this past decade. Bryant has the ability to be as good as any of them. He's like a better version of Anquan Boldin.
You can see his ability, his questions are his intelligence but luckily he will not be forced into the lineup and will have time to digest the offensive playbook but still able to show his skills on PRs.
55. Sean Lee - A very intelligent, QB of the defense that plays with intensity on every play, always a coach favorite and will give his heart and soul on the field, also is very talented. Is coming off an ACL tear (a year prior to his last campaign as a Nittany Lion) and many say that the 2nd year is when players finally feel healthy and return fully to form so any speed issues (which are all lateral speed which the ACL plays a big part into) I think will become invalid by the start of this season. He is a gym rat and a film junkie and we have improved our nickle LB by drafting him.
Coverage: Looked much better in pass coverage as a senior than he did previously in his career. Seems to know routes so he can properly read and react. Solid covering the underneath zone, even though he's lacking agility.
Instincts: Like many Penn State linebackers before him, Lee has very good instincts. Seems to know where a play is going before the ball is even snapped. Gets himself in good position thanks to his instincts. Rarely gets fazed by fakes or draws.
Pass Rush: Used more earlier in his career as a standup outside pass rusher. Times the snap impressively. Knows how to use his hands to disengage. Really doesn't have any pass rush moves.
Pursuit: Lee gives a lot of effort in pursuit but he doesn't have the best later agility. He can't change direction in an instant. However, Lee uses his burst to close on the ball in a hurry.
Run defense: Is much better as an interior run defender than as a outside run defender. Following an ACL injury in 2008, Lee didn't look as laterally fluid working the edges. But he's a terror on the inside. He can quickly shed blocks and get to the ball carrier. Shows a good burst to close.
Strength: Displays good but not great strength. Will get out-muscled by tight ends when he's dropped in coverage.
Tackling: He may not be the most imposing tackler, but Lee shows great ability as a tackler. Wraps up on a consistent basis. Shows the technique to break down in the open field and take on ball carriers in the open field.
Versatility: Played outside linebacker early in his career but held the middle as a senior. Can probably play either at the next level. But his intelligence leads you to believe he's better-suited for the middle.
Final word: Lee profiles a lot like former Penn State linebackers Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor. He's a heady player with solid strength and athleticism. He'll probably never be a spectacular player, but he's very solid.
He had to sit out the 2008 season after tearing his right ACL. The injury knocked him out for 15 months and has somewhat limited his lateral agility.
126. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah - Dynamic playmaker at the Division II level. He has extreme natural talent, clocked at 4.32 in the 40 while being at 6 feet tall but also a good 207 lbs. Even with the jump in skill we can expect instant return as being the KR as well as special teams and depending on how he can respond to the jump in competition as well as taking the role of lining the secondary up he will be able to get on the field, despite playing both CB and FS in college the Cowboys staff feels that he can become a star at FS and with his speed and playmaking ability I think he will make the transition and be our starter next year while getting in on some snaps this year.
Read & React: Reads his receiver carefully on the outside and is quick to jump routes once a hint is given. Reads the quarterback well and has the speed to the ball in the deep half as a safety. Baits the quarterback into thinking the seam route is open. Man Coverage: Has prototypical size to be a press corner. Plays with aggression at the line but usually lined up 10 yards off, apparently per coaches
179. Sam Young - This is the pick I question most, and even with my concerns he is an accomplished OT that will be counted as swing tackle and eventual RT. This pick is labeled as very strange but if you looked more at his junior season you can see he is a decent pick.
Pass blocking: Height, arm length and strong punch make it easy for him to engulf smaller ends. Keeps his feet moving after kick slide, taking a sharp angle back to protect the pocket. Stays with his man after initial contact to prevent secondary rush. Fair anchor, keeping his weight forward and hands working to maintain distance with defender. Cut blocks more quickly and efficiently than you would expect at his height, both on quick throws and when trying to protect the quarterback. A bit slow in his lateral movement, and may struggle to mirror against NFL speed on the edge. Must improve his awareness of late blitzers instead of focusing on inside double when it is unnecessary.
Run blocking: Good drive blocker despite his height, getting low and pushing back the line. Strong enough to turn his man inside or outside. Leans forward too far on the move, which causes him to lose his balance and struggle to do more than get a hand on his target - but most times that's all he needs to do at his size against linebackers and safeties.
Pulling/trapping: Lacks the footwork to pull or trap effectively. Inconsistent at sustaining on the second level, but usually gets a hand on a linebacker and safety when on the move. Has a tough time adjusting to fast-closing defenders.
Initial Quickness: Average quickness into kick slide and set in pass protection for a big right tackle. Drives off the ball well but is a bit slow and can be out-quicked by ends and tackles off the snap.
Downfield: Height and average footwork make him lumber in space, but gives good effort to hit multiple targets. Will join a play 10-15 yards downfield to push the pile forward. Should dominate smaller players in space, but his lack of body control allows them to avoid or get off blocks too consistently.
Intangibles: Experienced, durable, intelligent lineman. Plays with great effort and a nasty attitude, and is a vocal leader on and off the field.
196. Jamar Wall - Decent size for a corner but a little slow (does have above average quickness) but still good value where he was picked, also has faced some of the best competition a college receiver can by facing Crabtree in practice and Dez on game days. Has 9 picks for his career at TT so he can get his hands on some balls and will only be asked to be the 4th corner this year.
Read & React: Reads the body language and routes of receivers. Gets too aggressive, biting on pump fakes and double moves, but rarely is fooled twice. Attacks running plays to his side. Gets to other receivers when a teammate loses track of them.
Man Coverage: Coverage skills made opponents wary of throwing at Wall. Usually plays off in press-bail coverage, but he has the long arms and strong arms to be physical with receivers coming off the line. Good backpedal -- stays low and quick. Capable of sticking to his man in coverage on any route. Will be out-muscled downfield by larger receivers. Offenses try to take advantage of his lack of height in the red zone, but he has the vertical to compete against taller receivers.
Zone Coverage: Was left on an island in Tech
234. Sean Lissemore - This DT in college is projected to be a DE in our 3-4, has good size, Great speed (4.83 40) and is very productive. He gives 110% on every play and is a disruptive force.
Thick, raw-boned street brawler who is naturally strong and a bit nasty. Does not look all that athletic but can move. Plays better than his athletic numbers and has some room to grow. Penetrates unless double-teamed, and is a good bull rusher. Stalemates OGs his size. Good motor. Pile maker.
Not all that big for an interior D-line candidate. ... Has a little upside but will never be more than a journeyman. ... Work ethic and speed gives him a chance.
From CBS Sports.
Impressed scouts at their recent Pro Day. The 6-3, 297-pounder was twice timed in the low 4.8s in the 40-yard dash, 4.27 in the short shuttle and a 7.57 in the 3-cone drill. He also showed good explosiveness with a 30-inch vertical jump, 9-3 broad jump and lifting the bar 26 times. Lissemore is hardly a workout warrior. He earned first team all-conference honors with 66 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and two interceptions as a senior. He also stood out at the Texas vs. Nation practices. Lissemore has already gained the interest of several clubs
http://tribeathletics.com/files/fb/2009/video/d.html - must have quicktime to watch the william and mary defensive highlights.
Overall with the pickups we got from this draft we can see there is a lot of talent throughout it and many good prospects and as Raf says we need at least 4 to hit which I will put money on 3 of them right now. Of course there are other ways they could have gone but they got good value with their picks as well as got some good players.
Change any minds?
I have a thought on why they chose Young, he has his limitations but he is also the most NFL ready in terms of technique and starts under his belt that we could have gotten at that round and even though his ceiling is much less than some others out there he could be the only one they thought that has a chance to immediately help churn the roster