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2010 NFL Draft: The Dallas Cowboys Select Sean Lissemore

In round seven, with the 234th pick in the draft, the Dallas Cowboys closed out their portion of the 2010 NFL Draft by selecting DT Sean Lissemore from William & Mary. From his size and athleticism, perhaps Lissemore projects to a DE in a 3-4 scheme.

From SB Nation's Jacksonville site, Big Cat Country:

One of the more popular of the William & Mary recruits is defensive tackle Sean Lissemore. Lissemore has to be one of the only, if not the only, defensive tackle to enter a draft as a former track star in high school. His 11.20 seconds in the 100m made him one of the best sprinters in New Jersey. A high school linebacker at 6'3, 240 pounds, Lissemore has since gained 50+ pounds yet managed to keep his linebacker speed. His 4.83 40 yard dash would have placed him among the fastest DTs at the combine if he had received an invite.

With all that speed, the next, logical step is to question his strength. His 36 reps on the bench press would have earned him third amongst the defensive lineman at the combine. His 30 inch vertical is very respectable for anybody near the 300 pound weight range. Clearly Lissemore is an athlete with the necessary NFL measurables.

Production is the only thing left to look at production and Lissemore has that too. Although hampered by a nagging shoulder injury that hurt his stat totals in his sophomore year and even affected his play into the beginning of his junior season, Lissemore pulled it all together during his senior campaign. In 14 games, Lissemore accumulated 66 tackles, 14 of which came for a loss, 6.5 sacks and 2 interceptions. All very good numbers from the DT position.

From CBS Sports:

The New Jersey native was a four-year contributor for the Tribe, blasting onto the scene with 33 tackles as a redshirt freshman in 2006. He made 43 tackles, two for loss and a sack in first year as starter in 2007, then stepped it up with 51 tackles, 7.5 for loss and four sacks in 2008 - all with a nagging shoulder injury. A sizzling 4.8 40-yard dash at his spring 2009 pro day opened the eyes of scouts, then his All-American, first-team All-CIAA senior season (66 tackles, 14.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions) locked up his status as a draftable prospect.

Lissemore and Adrian Tracy both acquitted themselves well at the Texas vs. Nation All-Star Challenge, and then Lissemore wowed NFL teams again with a 4.81 40 at his pro day. His hustling style and agility should be welcomed on any line in the league, especially by 3-4 teams looking for an Aaron Smith, yeoman-like five-technique.

William & Mary Bio.

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