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We're number one

 

We’ve been doing pretty well in Scouts, Inc.’s rankings of positional units so far.

QB = 6th, RB = 5th, WR = 8th, TE = 2nd, OL = 2nd, DL = 6th and now our linebackers come in at #1 in the league.

The Cowboys have three outside linebackers who can get after opposing quarterbacks and DeMarcus Ware is as good as it gets at the position. Ware can do it all with his rare blend of quickness off the ball, pure speed and ideal body type for the position. He sacked the quarterback 14 times last year, but his ability to stay with backs and tight ends in coverage is often overlooked and Ware is a Defensive Player of the Year candidate who keeps getting better.

True that!

Greg Ellis returned from injury to have a very productive 2007 season while Anthony Spencer, last year's first-round pick, is going to be tough to keep of the field due to his ability to rush the quarterback. For now, though, Spencer is simply an exceptional No. 3 outside linebacker who could see time on throwing downs and make things very difficult on opposing protection schemes. Bradie James plays inside on the strong side and is a thumper who is always around the football. Zach Thomas came on board to finish his career at home in Texas and will play alongside James on the inside. Thomas played in a 3-4 alignment some in Miami and was very effective, and the transition to playing a 3-4 full-time should not be difficult for such a fundamentally-sound player. Dallas does not have much invested in Thomas so the risk is minimal, but if he can stay healthy it will be interesting to see how much he has left in the tank.

Good stuff. Zach Thomas could be a big improvement and Anthony Spencer just might surprise this year.

Bobby Carpenter has yet to live up to his first-round selection and has shuffled from inside to outside, and while he does provide depth he needs to step up and become more of a contributor. Kevin Barnett is yet another talented young player who will find it hard to get on the field unless injuries intervene, which just goes to show how great this group is overall.

Dude, the guy’s name is Kevin Burnett. And he actually got a fair amount of playing time last year in the dime sets. I expect he will again this year.

Hat tip to WB3forMB3 for the link in this FanShot.

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Read all about Ken Hamlin’s deal here, here, and here.

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Tony Romo is doing it for the kids. Sure Romo may be a famous face in the tabloids and on TV lately, but there’s only one real way to measure his fame in Burlington, Wisconsin.

"In Burlington, if you go down to Veronico’s (restaurant), they have a wrap named after him," said Joe Baumeister, a senior-to-be running back for Burlington. "He’s pretty big in Burlington. He’s all over the place."

That’s what I’m talking about.