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2011 NFL Draft Picks: Cowboys Select Bill Nagy, C/G, Wisconsin

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With the 252nd pick overall (7th round - compensatory), the Dallas Cowboys selected center/guard combo Bill Nagy from Wisconsin. He's a 6' 3", 315 lb. lineman that played both center and guard in college. His college coach believes his best position is probably center. Another versatile lineman that can play multiple positions. He even lined up as a tight end on occasion for the Badgers in their Jumbo package.

NFL Draft Scout on the Wisconsin Pro Day:

The skill players showed off their leaping ability to during the vertical jump, but it was offensive lineman Bill Nagy who stole the show. Nagy displayed impressive burst and turned some heads with his leap. - Max Henson, UW Badger Herald

Draft Insider:

Positive: Explosive small-area blocker with limited upside. Stays square, plays with good pad level, and is strong at the point. Fires off the snap and seals defenders from the action. Keeps his head on a swivel and works hard.

Negative: Ineffective in motion and very stiff. Lacks a dominant base and struggles finishing blocks.

Analysis: Nagy was a solid college lineman at Wisconsin but is a marginal athlete with limitations. Can be kept on the roster as an eight offensive lineman or as someone placed on the field at tight end in short-yardage situations.


Among the more impressive numbers Nagy put up on March 9 was his vertical jump, which reportedly measured in at 30.5 inches.

That height would have put him in the upper echelon of offensive lineman at the NFL Combine and displayed his athleticism to all the scouts and coaches watching, including Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and Chicago Bears assistants Mike Tice and Mike Martz.

"I think I bring athleticism to the offensive line, and I take a lot of pride in the mental aspect as well," said Nagy. "I feel like I'm a pretty smart guy and don't make many mental errors. I feel like those are some of my strengths."