I really dislike the Cowboys mold at RT. They seem to just zero in on one type of prospect and their success has been poor.
Look at the last three guys drafted for RT;
6th Round Rob Petitti – 6'6" 340, Pittsburgh. Positives; played a bunch of games, strong hand punch, reputation as a mauler, big size. Negatives; slow footed, poor agility and quickness, lunges, struggles versus good edge rush, slow out of stance.
3rd Round James Marten – 6'8" 309, Boston College. Positives; played a bunch of games, strong hand punch, reputation as a mauler, big size. Negatives; very slow coming off the ball, lacks quick feet to mirror edge rushers, poor balance, stiff, too tall to sink his weight results in marginal leg drive, lacks knee bend.
6th Round Sam Young – 6'8" 316, Notre Dame. Positives; played a bunch of games, strong hand punch, reputation as a mauler, big size. Negatives; slow in his lateral movement, struggles against speed, lacks footwork to pull or trap well, can be out-quicked by Ends and Tackles off the snap, height and average footwork make him lumber in space.
How many of these types have to wash out before they change their assessment?
The only OT drafted lately who didn't fit the mold was 4th round pick Northern Illinois' Doug Free. His attributes are almost a complete reverse of the others. He was regarded as extremely gifted athletically for OT (a former TE). Positives; Excellent pass blocker, very quick feet, quick off the snap, great flexibility, great second level blocking. Negatives; Finesse type, lacks upper body strength for strong hand punch, better pass blocker than run blocker, needs to improve anchor against the bull rush.
Free was the opposite of their mold in nearly every way.
How much do they love their mold? They drafted Marten a full round before Free!! Every scouting list you will find will have Free ahead of Marten but apparently not ours.
With a few years of NFL training Free could improve his greatest perceived weakness; strength.
There's no amount of time that is going to make those other guys quicker or faster. This is why they haven't made it and why Free has. Free played RT very well even when he was the complete opposite of what they believe they need in a RT. His versatility is so great that they're now moving him to start at LT while Pettiti and Marten can't get a start anywhere at any position.
This idea that RT's don't need to be athletic is outdated. It's a passing league. We're a passing offense. People sing Marc Colombo's praises because he's un-athletic but he "gets in done" or some such line. Do you not remember the last three playoff losses? Colombo was poor in Seattle, very poor against New York and terrible against Minnesota. Has he had some good games? Yeah sure, but his physical limitations show up year after year and it routinely (along with Flow) derails our offense which derails the season (think Arizona in 08 too).
As far as Young is concerned, it's the sixth round, you get what you pay for.
I don't see how Sam Young is any different to those others washouts and I don't see how continuing to draft these types is Romo-friendly.
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