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Cowboys future focus: OT Jermey Parnell

JERMEY PARNELL

Position: Offensive tackle

Height: 6-6. Weight: 290

College: Ole Miss

How acquired: Signed off Saints’ practice squad in October 2010

What he did in 2010: Parnell was inactive for every game after the Cowboys signed him.

What to look for in 2011: The fact that the Cowboys carried Parnell on their 53-man roster for most of the season is an indication that they’re willing to be patient with him. They’ll have to be. He’s still in the beginning stages of his development as an offensive lineman. He was a defensive end during his only football season at Ole Miss, where he played power forward for the basketball team, and didn’t play high school football. Next season will be another developmental year for the 24-year-old.

Quotable: “He’s a very good athlete for a tackle, but he’s so raw. You’re talking about a guy who really doesn’t have much of a football background. He’s an interesting project, but he’s a long way away from being able to help the Cowboys.” -- NFL scout

Bryan Broaddus’ Scout’s Eye: “The offseason is going to be huge for him. Will Parnell be the guy who works out and gets bigger and stronger? He looks athletic, but his body type looks like a guy who wouldn’t play with a lot of power and strength. Usually offensive linemen develop in two or three years, but it’s going to be about strength training with him. He looks athletic enough to play. Whether he’ll ever be strong enough is a whole other question. With him, it’s more about the future than it is about now. Are they going with more athletic guys on the offensive line under Jason Garrett? This guy might be what you see in the future.”