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Position Outlook- Defensive Line

Well here we are again. This is my latest installment of my series called Position Outlook, where I will be profiling each position and the players that Dallas has for that position. I will be giving MY opinion on the relative strength of the position, and how likely I think Dallas will be drafting that position in the 2012 NFL Draft. I will include All current players+ practice squad in this evaluation.

Now I will be using Stats from NFL.com(where applicable) and NFLDraftScout.com(where applicable) as the basis for my Evaluation. I will also be giving the Contract Info via Rotoworld.com. Once I have shown the players, I will rank them using the 5 star method as Follows:

5 Stars- Minimum Amount of Quality Starters at Position and At least one quality Backup for Position= BPA only if player is ranked significantly higher than any other player, and would not be a factor in FA

4 Stars- Minimum amount of Quality Stars at position, Unproven Depth = Address as BPA and FA for Depth

3 Stars- Minimum of one Quality player at starter, young, but unproven Depth=slight need, BPA in rounds 4-7 preferably, look to fill need in FA

2 Stars-Serviceable Starter(s), No Depth = solid need, BPA if within rounds 1-3 if not taken care of in Free Agency

1 Star- No Quality players at starter nor in depth= major need, Draft no later than 2nd round, would take precedence over BPA if Gap is close enough, and is a must target in Free Agency

The series so far:


QB position 3 stars

Offensive Tackle position 4 stars

Offensive Guard position 3 stars

Offensive Center position 5 stars

Cornerback position 2 stars

Safety position 3 stars

It seems that there is some confusion to the rankings. The grade is merely what I think the relative strength of the position itself is. I am not saying that any one group is "better than another" To Illustrate: I gave the Tackle position 4 stars, yet I gave the center position 5 stars. This is not to say that Costa and Kowalski are more talented than Doug Free, Tyron Smith and Jeremy Parnell. What the Rankings signify is the combination of TOTAL talent, age, and Contract status of ALL rostered players+Practice squad player FOR EACH Position. I am grading as a Group not individuality. While the Individual grades do impact the overall ranking, a "higher" ranking does not mean "better" or more talented. I hope that this clears up any confusion.

BTW, after Kowalski's showing against the Giants, I don't want to hear any more crap about the fact that I gave the Center position 5 stars. While I know that most of you guys think that Costa isn't any good, but Kowalski performed great. I told you guys that with both Kowalski and Costa Dallas was pretty much set at the Center position....

Now on to the Defensive Line, and as always here is the Depth chart:

Right Defensive End

Jason Hatcher

Marcus Spears

Clifton Geathers

Left Defensive End

Kenyon Coleman

Sean Lissemore

Nose Tackle

Jay Ratliff

Josh Brent-Price

Practice Squad: Robert Calloway

So lets look at each player individually:

Hatcher, Jason

Height: 6-6 Weight: 302
Age: 29
College: Grambling State
Experience: 6th season

Draft Profile:

Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6057
Weight: 284
40 Yrd Dash: 4.82
20 Yrd Dash: 2.89
10 Yrd Dash: 1.72
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 28
Vertical Jump: 35 1/2
Broad Jump: 09'05"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.50
3-Cone Drill: 7.68


Dates: 03/10/06
Height: 6057
Weight: 284
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 10 7 20 16 4 4.0 -- 2 1 16 16.0 16 0 1
2010 Dallas Cowboys 13 1 13 9 4 1.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2009 Dallas Cowboys 16 0 13 9 4 1.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2008 Dallas Cowboys 16 0 17 11 6 1.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2007 Dallas Cowboys 16 0 27 22 5 2.0 0 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2006 Dallas Cowboys 14 0 15 11 4 2.5 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 105 78 27 11.5 0 3 1 16 -- 16 0 2

Contract Status: Signed a 3 year, 6 million dollar deal, included a 2.5 million signing bonus

Spears, Marcus

Height: 6-4 Weight: 315
Age: 28
College: LSU
Experience: 7th season

Draft Profile:

Combine Invite: yes
Height: 6040
Weight: 307
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 15
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:


Dates: 03/09/2005 03/31/2005
Height: 6040
Weight: 307
40 Yrd Dash: 5.05
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 23
Vertical Jump: 31
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.44
3-Cone Drill: 7.21

CAREER STATS
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 13 5 11 9 2 1.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2010 Dallas Cowboys 8 7 19 11 8 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2009 Dallas Cowboys 16 14 25 17 8 2.5 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2008 Dallas Cowboys 16 15 35 23 12 1.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2007 Dallas Cowboys 16 16 30 19 11 2.0 -- 3 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 2
2006 Dallas Cowboys 16 16 45 29 16 1.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2005 Dallas Cowboys 16 10 31 19 12 1.5 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 196 127 69 9.0 0 10 0 0 -- 0 0 3

Contract Status: Signed a 5 year deal worth 19.2 Million of which 4.2 million is Guaranteed including the 3.5 million Signing bonus

Coleman, Kenyon

Height: 6-5 Weight: 306
Age: 32
College: UCLA
Experience: 11th season

Draft Profile:

Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6047
Weight: 284
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 32
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:
No Combine workout, leg

Dates:
Height: 6047
Weight: 284
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 13 12 26 17 9 1.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2010 Cleveland Browns 16 14 68 50 18 2.5 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2009 Cleveland Browns 13 13 38 28 10 1.5 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2008 New York Jets 16 15 53 43 10 0.5 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2007 New York Jets 16 14 83 55 28 1.5 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2006 Dallas Cowboys 16 0 30 25 5 4.0 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2005 Dallas Cowboys 12 5 14 8 6 0.5 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2004 Dallas Cowboys 12 0 9 9 0 1.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2003 Dallas Cowboys 16 0 14 10 4 1.0 1 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2002 Oakland Raiders 1 0 1 1 0 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 336 246 90 13.5 1 7 0 0 -- 0 0 1

Contract Status: Signed a two year, 3.5 million dollar contract.

Sean Lissemore

Height: 6-4 Weight: 306
Age: 24
College: William & Mary
Experience: 2nd season

Draft Profile

Combine Invite:
Height: 6034
Weight: 298
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:


Dates: 03/17/10
Height: 6034
Weight: 298
40 Yrd Dash: 4.91
20 Yrd Dash: 2.89
10 Yrd Dash: 1.70
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 36
Vertical Jump: 30
Broad Jump: 09'03"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.52
3-Cone Drill: 7.57

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 13 0 21 16 5 1.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2010 Dallas Cowboys 2 0 3 2 1 0.5 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 24 18 6 1.5 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0

Contract Status: Signed a 4 year deal worth 1.839 million dollars. Included a 48,600 dollar Signing bonus. Yearly Salary: 2011- 405,000; 2012- 490,000; 2013- 575,000; 2014-Free Agent

Clifton Geathers

Height: 6-7 Weight: 320
Age: 24
College: South Carolina
Experience: 1st season

Draft Profile

Combine Invite: Yes
Height: 6074
Weight: 299
40 Yrd Dash: 4.98
20 Yrd Dash: 2.87
10 Yrd Dash: 1.72
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 26
Vertical Jump: 36
Broad Jump: 09'04"
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill: 7.69
No shuttles, choice - 40 Time Range: 4.98-5.07

Dates: 03/31/10
Height: 6074
Weight: 299
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.72
3-Cone Drill: 7.20

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 3 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- --
2010 Dallas Cowboys 1 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- --
2010 Seattle Seahawks 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- --
2010 Miami Dolphins 1 0 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 0.0 -- -- --
TOTAL 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0

Contract Status: 2011 405,000 ; 2012 Exclusive rights Free Agent

Jay Ratliff

Height: 6-4 Weight: 287

Age: 30
College: Auburn
Experience: 7th season

Draft Profile:

Combine Invite: no
Height: 6036
Weight: 292
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:


Dates: 03/21/2005
Height: 6036
Weight: 292
40 Yrd Dash: 4.85
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 26
Vertical Jump: 33 1/2
Broad Jump: 9'9"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.23
3-Cone Drill: 7.35

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 14 14 34 25 9 2.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2010 Dallas Cowboys 16 16 31 23 8 3.5 -- 2 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2009 Dallas Cowboys 16 16 40 29 11 6.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 2
2008 Dallas Cowboys 16 16 51 33 18 7.5 -- 5 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2007 Dallas Cowboys 15 14 30 21 9 3.0 -- 4 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2006 Dallas Cowboys 15 0 18 11 7 4.0 -- 1 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1
2005 Dallas Cowboys 4 1 4 2 2 1.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 208 144 64 27.0 0 13 0 0 -- 0 0 4

Contract status: Signed a a 7 year 48.625 million dollar contract with 18 million guaranteed

Josh Brent

Height: 6-2 Weight: 320
Age: 23
College: Illinois
Experience: 2nd season

Draft Profile:

Combine Invite:
Height: 6013
Weight: 320
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:


Dates: 07/07/10
Height: 6013
Weight: 320
40 Yrd Dash: 5.38
20 Yrd Dash: 3.07
10 Yrd Dash: 1.81
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 22
Vertical Jump: 29
Broad Jump: 08'10"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.74
3-Cone Drill: 7.71

CAREER STATSMORE
Season Team Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
G GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF
2011 Dallas Cowboys 10 0 5 4 1 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
2010 Dallas Cowboys 16 0 16 14 2 0.0 -- 0 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 0
TOTAL 21 18 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 -- 0 0 0

Contract Status: Signed a 4 year 1.838 million dollar contract with a 47,500 signing bonus.

Name: Robert Callaway
College: Saginaw Valley State
Height: 6-5 Weight: 325


Combine Invite:
Height: 6045
Weight: 325
40 Yrd Dash:
20 Yrd Dash:
10 Yrd Dash:
225 Lb. Bench Reps:
Vertical Jump:
Broad Jump:
20 Yrd Shuttle:
3-Cone Drill:


Dates: 03/15/10
Height: 6045
Weight: 325
40 Yrd Dash: 5.17
20 Yrd Dash: 2.89
10 Yrd Dash: 1.78
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 25
Vertical Jump: 31
Broad Jump: 09'02"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 4.84
3-Cone Drill: 7.72

So here is the Dallas Defensive line. Overall it is not a bad group, but other than Ratliff, there isn't any "consistent" pass rushers. However Lissemore and Josh Brent have been showing that they might be able to fill that role. So with the fact that Robert Callaway has some interesting Measurebles, Lissemore and Brent(who compares nicely with Phil Taylor) looking like they may be pretty good, and Hatcher being able to take advantage of the Double teams that Ware and Ratliff soak up...I have to give this position: 3 Stars- Minimum of one Quality player at starter, young, but unproven Depth=slight need, BPA in rounds 4-7 preferably, look to fill need in FA

as Always I welcome any Comments and Critiques, Feel free to comment on on any post in this series. Though I am serious, no more crap about the Center position being a "1-2 star position"....both Costa and Kowalski are at worst average, with the possibility that the could become very good....

Another user-created commentary provided by a BTB reader.

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