Dallas Cowboys: 2012 Draft DL

Draft preview series: Oklahoma DE/OLB Ronnell Lewis

April, 6, 2012
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The 20th installment of our draft preview series focuses on Oklahoma defensive end/outside linebacker Ronnell Lewis

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 3 outside linebacker, No. 48 overall
Bio: First-team All-Big 12 last season after making 59 tackles (13 for losses), 5.5 sacks, five pass breakups and an interception. Had 37 tackles (five for losses), 3.5 sacks and an interception he returned for a touchdown as a sophomore. Was a 2,000-yard rusher as a junior and senior in high school, when he played eight-man football. Struggled academically throughout his time at OU and was ineligible for the bowl game this season, prompting the coaching staff to encourage him to declare for the draft.

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AP Photo/Mike FuentesOklahoma DE/OLB Ronnell Lewis was first-team All-Big 12 last season after making 59 tackles, 5.5 sacks, five pass breakups and an interception.
Size: 6-foot-1 , 253 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.66 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 36
Vertical jump: 31 inches
Broad jump: 9-foot-4
20-yard shuttle: 4.40 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.09 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Florida State, Texas and Texas A&M games): Started his career at Oklahoma playing defensive end, but the defensive staff moved him to a hybrid position which I would call a strong side linebacker. Started nine of 10 games in 2011. … Has always struggled with his grades. Questions before the season whether he would even be eligible. Might not love school, but you can see that he loves to play football. … He never stops coming at you, is always on the attack and explosive up the field. Has the ability and skill to get on the edge of the blocker but will need to develop more pass rush moves to work with that explosiveness. … Can get up to top speed very quickly. Did a nice job of getting up the field and dipping his shoulder to get around the tackle against Texas. … Powerfully built player who uses his strength to his advantage. Was really impressive when he was used as a pick in a twist to get a teammate home on a rush against the Longhorns. Drove so hard down inside that it destroyed the blocking scheme and gave the defensive tackle a clear path to the quarterback. … Good job of playing against the run because he has strength. But make no mistake about it, his ability to run allows him to get in on a lot of plays. … Quick to get off the ground when he gets cut. Teams need to account for him on the backside because he will chase the ball. … Missed a tackle in space against Florida State when he didn’t wrap up but is a physical tackler. Ball carriers know he is there. … Will take on blockers, shed and fold back inside to make plays. Saw one time where he didn’t show good awareness and it caused him to get pinned inside against Florida State. He didn’t read correctly when the tight end came in motion and on the snap, got position on Lewis, allowing the ball to the outside. … Have observed him as a drop linebacker, but I really don’t think you want him to do this very much. Would have to say that movement and awareness are the biggest problems here. Need him to put his hand on the ground and let him get after it. … Is a junior that left Oklahoma early after the coaches encouraged him to. His struggles in the classroom probably had a great deal to do with that. However, he loves to play the game so that is a positive trait. … Has the strength to play as a strong outside linebacker and give you something as a rusher. Think he will need some work with moves but has some game to work with.

Draft preview series: Illinois DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus

April, 4, 2012
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The 18th installment of our draft preview series focuses on Illinois defensive end/outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 7 defensive end, No. 37 overall
Bio: Led the nation with 16 sacks and an NCAA-record-tying nine forced fumbles as a redshirt junior in 2011, when he also had 57 tackles, including 22.5 for losses. Was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Award and semifinalist for the Bednarik, Lombardi and Hendrick Awards in his only season as a full-time starter at Illinois. Had only two sacks, 6.5 tackles for losses and two forced fumbles in the previous two seasons.

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Brad Schloss/Icon SMIIllinois' Whitney Mercilus led the nation in sacks (16) and set a Big Ten record with nine forced fumbles.
Size: 6-foot-3 5/8, 261 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.68 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 27 times
Vertical jump: 32 inches
Broad jump: 9-foot-10
20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.17 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Arizona State, Northwestern and UCLA games): Played as the strong defensive end in a four-man line for Illinois. Will project to an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme in the NFL. … Physically is a good-looking player and plays with a great deal of quickness. Does a really nice job of rushing up the field and putting pressure on the blocker. Gives you a variety of pass-rush moves. … Of these defensive ends that are projected to linebacker, he and Andre Branch of Clemson did the best job of playing with pass-rush moves. Mercilus will explode up the field, gauge the depth of the tackle, and when they raise their hands to punch him, he will slap them down and take the corner. Used this technique for a sack against UCLA. … Likes to also set the tackles up by going hard up field and getting all their weight on the outside foot, then spinning inside. Was able to pull this move off against Northwestern for a sack. … Really nice lateral movement and quickness. In the running game, played the trap block with the correct shoulder, which allowed him to hold his ground and keep the ball inside and allow his teammates to make the play. … Did a solid job against Arizona State when he was rushing hard up field and they tried to run a draw. He was able to fight the blocker and retrace his steps to get in on the tackle. … Has the quickness to play around blocks but will also show a physical side to his game to hang in there against the run. Had a tackle for loss when he worked down the line of scrimmage, beating the block against UCLA. … Is a much better player when he can do things on the move instead of trying to fight the blockers one-on-one. … Thought he needed to at times do a better job of extending his arms and getting off the blockers a step quicker. There were times where he was just locked up for too long. This doesn’t always happen, but he needs to disengage quicker. Think he could be a much more effective player if he was able to correct this. … The area that bothered me the most about Mercilus was there were times where he flat didn’t find the ball. It was bad in the UCLA game, but really noticeable against Northwestern. The main reason for this was he got hooked up on blockers too long. Thought he could have shown some better instincts when he came to locating the ball. At linebacker, you have to be able to play with instincts and feel. … Saw him play in a two-point stance against UCLA as an inside backer on a nickel rush, but that was the only time that I saw him do this. Will need to be trained how to drop and cover. … As mentioned, played as a strong defensive end at Illinois but will most likely play as a weak outside linebacker in NFL and rush the passer. Comes with a better than average skill set as a rusher.

Draft preview series: Alabama DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw

April, 3, 2012
4/03/12
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The 17th installment of our draft preview series looks at Alabama DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 3 defensive end, No. 17 overall
Bio: First-team All-SEC and All-American was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Butkus Award as a senior. Had 9.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hurries, 18 tackles for losses, an interception he returned 45 yards for a touchdown and two forced fumbles for the nation’s top-ranked total, rushing and scoring defense. Had seven sacks and 14.5 tackles for losses as a junior

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesAlabama DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw plays with serious power and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and Butkus Award as a senior.
Size: 6-foot-1 5/8, 272 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.81 seconds
Did not work out at scouting combine

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Penn State, Arkansas, Auburn and LSU games): Played at Alabama as the open- or weak-side defensive end with his hand on the ground. Will most likely play as a strong-side linebacker in the NFL in a 3-4 defense. … The first thing you notice on film is how much power he plays with at the point of attack. The strength level is not the problem here. He really does a much better job than Melvin Ingram at using his hands and controlling the blockers. … Can split double-teams with his upper-body strength. Can easily take on double-teams and not be moved off the spot. … You see him walk blockers back into the quarterback with his bull rush in passing situations. … Does a really nice job of holding the point of attack in the running game. Is a hard guy to run at or to try and get around the corner on, but he did have one play where Auburn was able to get the ball on the edge and around the corner. That was the only one in four games. … Outstanding job of finding the football and playing with awareness. You see him play off the block and slide down inside when he sees the ball heading in that direction. Plays with an explosive burst and can close quickly. … Can run down plays from the back side, doesn’t give up on plays like others I have observed in this draft. Always trying to get to the ball. Is a downhill, attacking player. … Is a load to deal with when he is making a tackle. Has a great deal of natural power and snap when making a tackle. Ball carriers are stopped in their tracks when he delivers a blow. … Thought he did a nice job of playing the low block with his hands. Has to deal with this quite a bit because blockers do not want to take him on high. Really good technique here. … Will use an arm-over move to free himself, but will need to develop more pass rush moves because he can’t be a one-trick pony in this league when dealing with offensive tackles. Like the way he will work up the field, but he doesn’t have that elite pass rush speed to get the corner. His balance of quickness and power help him to do his job. You will see him win pass rush battles with his power, but again, he will need to learn some other techniques. … There are scouts that I talk to that aren’t sure if there is really a position for Upshaw, but what I saw with my own eyes is an outstanding football player. He, like Ingram, will have to be taught how to drop in coverage. Right now, it isn’t good enough, but he does show awareness and the ability to find the ball. … The best way to describe Upshaw is he is a fall player and not a spring one. Film shows he plays football very well in the fall, and that is all I care about.

Draft preview series: S. Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram

April, 2, 2012
4/02/12
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The 16th installment of our draft preview series focuses on South Carolina defensive end/outside linebacker Melvin Ingram.

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Gerry Melendez/The State/MCT via Getty ImagesDespite Melvin Ingram's athleticism, he was late off the ball in some games -- a trait that can't carry over to the NFL.
Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 2 defensive end, No. 11 overall
Bio: Finished career ranked fourth in South Carolina history in sacks (21.5) and fifth in tackles for losses (30.5) despite only being a full-time starter one season. Was a first-team All-SEC selection as a senior, when he tied a school record with 10 sacks, made 15 tackles for losses, recovered two fumbles, intercepted two passes and scored three touchdowns (two fumble returns and a 68-yard run on a fake punt). Had nine sacks as a situational pass rusher in 2010. Was a high-scoring point guard in high school.

Size: 6-foot-1 , 264 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.71 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 28
Vertical jump: 34.5 inches
Broad jump: 9-foot-1
20-yard shuttle: 4.18 seconds
Three-cone drill: 6.83 second

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Florida, Clemson and Nebraska games): Played primarily as a right defensive end for the Gamecocks in a four-man line. Played some left end against Nebraska. Projected to play as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. … In the Florida game, I did see him drop some like he was playing linebacker in the scheme. It was a simple zone drop just in the flat and his technique wasn’t that clean. Just didn’t look comfortable and aware when he did it. It was more like he was floating in the area without much responsibility. Will not have to drop much in the league if he plays the weak outside linebacker, but if he is on the strong side, it’s something that he will have to be taught. With his athletic ability, it should not be a problem. … Lined up inside at defensive tackle when the Gamecocks went to their nickel package. Showed some productive rushes and awareness from the three technique inside. … Was able to sniff out a quarterback throwback in the red zone not once but twice against Clemson and the bowl game against Nebraska. … Showed the ability to flush the quarterback on an inside spin move that resulted in a sack against Clemson. Showed some burst on his rush in the same game to cause a poor pass. … See natural pass rush and skill more than technique. Would like to see him use more of a variety of rushes to free himself. Will tend to get tied up with blockers when he has the ability to do better. If he doesn’t get you with his quickness up the field, you see him stop, then try and restart his rush, which throws him off. … Observed some plays where he allowed the blockers to carry him past the quarterback. Needed more sharpness to his rush around the corner, attacking that shoulder, but there were times in these games where you didn’t see it. Ingram has the quickness and the burst to sharpen that edge and put pressure on the blockers, but it was inconsistent. … Can hold his ground in the running game and play with some power at the point of attack. Physical tackler. … Will work down the line to find the ball, but you will see some laziness in his play when it comes to chasing the ball. Effort needs to be better than it was against Florida and Nebraska. … There were also times where he was late off the ball and that bothered me. This is a trait that can’t carry over to the NFL because the blockers are too good. Needs to take advantage of his quickness on any opportunity he gets. … See this guy as a good player but not one of those special rushers. Think there is going to be some struggle early in his game until he develops.

Draft preview series: Nebraska DL Jared Crick

March, 30, 2012
3/30/12
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The 15th installment of our draft preview series focuses on Nebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 9 defensive end, No. 57 overall
Bio: All-Big 12 selection in 2009 and 2010 who finished his career with 167 tackles (35 for losses) and 20 sacks. His senior year was cut short due to a torn pectoral muscle suffered in the fifth game of the season. That prevented Crick from lifting at the scouting combine, but he proved he had recovered with 26 bench press reps at 225 pounds during Nebraska’s pro day.

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Thomas Campbell/US PresswireNebraska defensive lineman Jared Crick does a good job getting up the field but needs work playing the run.
Size: 6-foot-4 , 279 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.94 seconds
Vertical jump: 31 inches
Broad jump: 8-foot-8
225-pound bench press reps: 26
20-yard shuttle: 4.40 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.47 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Wisconsin, Ohio State and Washington games): Lined up as a defensive tackle for the Cornhuskers but is projected to play in the NFL as a defensive end, which he did some in the Ohio State game. … The best trait he has is his ability to get up the field. When he comes off the ball, he can be a factor. When he doesn’t, he can be just another guy. … Like the way that he plays with a high motor and effort, but was a little inconsistent with it at times. Surprised when I observed plays where he was stopped in his pass rush and just stood up and mirrored the quarterback along the line of scrimmage. … His worst trait is that he really doesn’t play with much power at the point of attack. Tends to play too high, and you will see times where the blocker will simply wash him out of the play because he is not able to anchor down. You will see plays where he loses leverage at the point of attack much too often. Will tend to play too upright, allowing blockers into his chest. When you play end in a 3-4 defense, you had better anchor down against the run, which was a problem for the Cowboys last season at times with Marcus Spears, Jason Hatcher and Kenyon Coleman. … Is a much better player when he can play on the move and work the edges. … Showed the ability to rush in a way that didn’t give the blockers much of a hitting surface. Had a nice swim move shooting the gap against Wisconsin that allowed him to get in the backfield and get in on the play. … There were plays where he did flash good technique, but he still needs to do a better job of playing with his hands. Crick struggled to control blockers. You do not want to see him go toe to toe because it’s just too much trouble for him to handle their power. … Did not play with the explosiveness against Ohio State that you saw in the Wisconsin and Washington games. … When I sat down to study Crick, I really thought that I was going to see so much more to his game. There are some that think he compares to J.J. Watt from Wisconsin, but it’s really not even close. Watt was so much better at the point in the run game, but he also was a big factor as a pass rusher. … Really worry about his lack of power to hold up down after down in the running game. Will need to get a lot stronger and learn to play with his pad level down to really be effective.

Draft preview series: Memphis DT Dontari Poe

March, 28, 2012
3/28/12
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The 14th installment of our draft preview series focuses on Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 1 defensive tackle, No. 11 overall
Bio: Star of the scouting combine was a second-team All-Conference USA selection as a junior last season. Poe played 35 games at Memphis, including 30 starts, and finished his college career with 101 tackles (21.5 for losses) and five sacks.

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Douglas Jones/US PresswireMemphis' Dontari Poe is the top-rated defensive tackle in the draft and was the star of the scouting combine.
Size: 6-foot-3 , 346 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.91 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 44
Vertical jump: 29.5 inches
Broad jump: 8-foot-9
20-yard shuttle: 4.56 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.90 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Mississippi State, Central Florida and SMU games): Usually lined up at defensive tackle for the Tigers, but also played some defensive end when they went to a three-man line. … Plays with some initial quickness off the snap but tends to catch more blocks than play with his hands. Surprises me that he is as powerful as he is, but he just doesn’t use his hands as well as he needs to. If he really knew how to use his hands, he would be a more dominant player. … Can be a hard man to move at the point of attack because of his upper- and lower-body strength. … Have seen him take on double-team blocks and split them. Is a tough player to block when he is on the move. If he can get a head of steam coming down inside, he has too much power to slow down. When he attacks the gap, he can get some push and get up the field. … Best pass-rush moves are when he can go arm over or arm under. Those are his go-to moves, but on the majority of his pass rushes he tries to just use power and strength and bull-rush his man. Again, the fact that he doesn’t use his hands to control blockers really hurts him here. … For a large man, he shows some good change of direction. Will work down the line of scrimmage to make a tackle, but this can run a little hot and cold. … Thought he could have done a much better job of busting his rear when he needed to chase the play, which I saw in the Central Florida game. He will play with really good effort, then he goes away for several plays. … There were also times where he needed to do a better job of locating the ball. Would see him fighting the blocker and the ball would go by him. Wasn’t as quick reacting to the play as some of the other defensive linemen that I have studied in this draft. … Thought he was a much better player when they used him as 3 technique over the guard than when they tried him at end. Can be a handful to have to deal with inside for guards and centers that struggle with power. … Two things bother me about this player: the hot and cold play, and the use of his hands. I know that he can be coached in this league to play better with his hands, but effort is something that is going to be on him. … If you are a general manager, you can hit the home run with this player because there are traits that you see in some of the top players in this league, but there is also that side that scares you to death. Would not be one bit surprised if a team takes a shot at him in the top 10, or he slides.

Draft preview series: Mississippi State DL Fletcher Cox

March, 28, 2012
3/28/12
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The 13th installment of our draft preview series focuses on Mississippi State defensive lineman Fletcher Cox.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 3 defensive tackle, No. 19 overall
Bio: First-team All-SEC as a junior in 2011, when he had 56 tackles, including 14.5 for losses and five sacks. Had 58 total tackles in his first two seasons, including 10 for losses and 3.5 sacks. Blocked five kicks during his career at Mississippi State. Was suspended for the 2011 season opener along with four teammates for an undisclosed violation of team rules.

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Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesMississippi State DL Fletcher Cox has displayed power against both the run and the pass.
Size: 6-foot4, 298 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.81 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 30
Vertical jump: 26 inches
Broad jump: 8-foot-7
20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.07 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Kentucky games): Normally lined up at defensive end but has also played inside as a tackle. ... Initially didn't think he had the quickness to get the edge as a rusher, but he did a much better job of this against Alabama and Kentucky. ... Has a tendency to play tall out of the stance but makes up for it by playing with power and his effort. Was impressed with the way he never stopped working to try and get to the ball. ... Not a one-trick pony, but like some of the ends in the draft he is going to need to develop pass rush moves. His best move was the spin where he was able to get the tackle's weight on the outside foot then come back inside to free himself. Was able to work this move against LSU and Kentucky with some success. ... Did a nice job when he was used in games with twist stunts. Had some sharpness to his rush. Has a feel for how to rush tight to the stunt. Used a rip move against Kentucky that had some nice power behind it. ... There is power in his game -- both run and pass -- but got knocked around in the Georgia game more than the others, which surprised me a bit. Worked around blockers better against Alabama along with Kentucky, and this was probably his best games for this. ... Uses his hands and upper-body strength to control blockers. Really can hold the point of attack. ... Against Alabama and Kentucky he was able to split the double-team blocks and get in on the plays. Fights to keep from getting hooked on the edge, doesn't allow the blocker to get to his outside shoulder. ... Works down the line to find the ball. ... Only saw one time where he didn't show good awareness, when he got fooled on a waggle and the ball got outside. Good awareness for the screen. ... Productive player when on the move inside shooting the gap. Scheme will sometimes take him out of the play when on the move. Can get walled or washed down away from the play when on the move. ... Will get up off the ground quickly when he gets cut. ... Usually have had problems in my scouting career with defensive linemen from Mississippi State, but Fletcher Cox is a really productive player and deserves to be mentioned when the Cowboys select in the first round of this draft. His ability and traits are those of what you would like to have as a base end in a 3-4, plus he can give you quality plays inside in the nickel as a defensive tackle. If given a choice between LSU's Michael Brockers and Cox, I have a feeling that they would lean toward Brockers. But if Brockers is gone, this player would be a nice piece to put at end and go to work.

Draft preview series: LSU DL Michael Brockers

March, 27, 2012
3/27/12
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The 12th installment of our draft preview series focuses on LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers.

Scout Inc. ranks: No. 2 defensive tackle, No. 14 overall
Bio: Declared for the draft after his redshirt sophomore year, his only season as a starter at LSU. Was a second-team All-SEC selection. Recorded 54 tackles (10 for losses), two sacks and a forced fumble last season.

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Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesLSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers could be on the Cowboys' radar with the 14th pick.
Size: 6-foot-5, 322 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.35 seconds
Vertical jump: 26.5 inches
Broad jump: 8-foot-9
20-yard shuttle: 4.81 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.46 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Oregon, Florida, Arkansas and Alabama games): Usually lined up as a defensive tackle for the Tigers, but is projected to play end in the NFL. … Has not played much football in college and there was a thought that he would come back to school, but he had to turn pro to try to help his family. Is raw in the sense of techniques, but there is no mistake when you turn on the film and watch him play that he understands what he needs to do to be successful. … Shows outstanding initial quickness and snap in his game. Plays with power in his upper body. Brockers will extend his hands and control blockers with ease. Have seen him fight the double teams against Oregon and be productive. Does an outstanding job of getting up the field. Puts blockers on their heels with a surge of power. Is a hard guy to move one-on-one. Once he gets going, he is into the backfield. You see offensive linemen get stalemated a great deal of the time as he extends to look for the ball. Does a nice job of playing down the line of scrimmage with his hands. … If he has a weakness, he needs to do a better job of fighting the low block with his hands and will need to work on his twist stunts when on the pass rush in games. Needs to try and be a little cleaner when working to the outside. Had some problems in the Oregon game, but was better against Arkansas. Was able to get around the corner and be more disruptive. … Showed a nice, quick spin move to free himself against the Florida, but, as mentioned, will need some technique work to develop more pass-rush moves. Right now it’s with more power and quickness. Showed the ability to keep his pads down and get pocket push. … Really different from Quinton Coples of North Carolina, who tends to play taller. Plays with a form of body control against both run and pass. Do not see him on the ground except when he got cut. … Like the way he is able to find the ball and work in that direction to make the play. Showed a quick burst for a tackle for loss against the Gators on a running play. … Plays hard all the time. When he got worn down some, he got hooked on blocks, but I didn’t feel that it was a lack of effort. … Played inside at nose tackle some against Arkansas in a three-man line. Will give a 3-4 team some reps inside at nose but also be a pocket pusher as a defensive tackle in the nickel. … Brockers is clearly on the Cowboys’ radar, and if he gets to their spot at 14, this will probably be a no-brainer for a team that needs a defensive end. The question will be if they feel that Fletcher Cox of Mississippi State is a better fit. Both are nice players, but I really do feel that Brockers’ best football is ahead of him.

Draft preview series: North Carolina DE Quinton Coples

March, 25, 2012
3/25/12
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The 11th installment of our draft preview series looks at North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 1 defensive end, No. 7 overall
Bio: Two-time first-team All-ACC selection. Finished his college career with 144 tackles, 24 sacks and five forced fumbles. Led the Tar Heels with 15.5 tackles for losses and 7.5 sacks last season. As a defensive tackle in 2010, he had 15.5 tackles for losses and 10 sacks.

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AP Photo/Gerry BroomeNorth Carolina DE Quinton Coples has the talent to be dominant, but there are some questions about his motor.
Size: 6-foot-5 , 284 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.71 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 25
Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
Broad jump: 9-foot-1
20-yard shuttle: 4.78 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.57 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Miami, Virginia Tech and Missouri games): Usually lined up at right defensive end for the Tar Heals but played some left end, as well, and even some tackle. … If you were to physically draw up with a 3-4 base end would look like, he would be your model. When I worked for Bill Parcells and we were switching from the 4-3 to the 3-4, this was the perfect height and weight that he wanted at end. The first guy that we were able to get like this was Chris Canty from Virginia. … Runs and moves well. Has some initial quickness out of his stance, but he showed some snaps where he got a little tall coming out of his stance and was a little late. … When he was ready to play, he did a nice job of getting up the field. Showed the ability to dip his shoulder and get around the corner. He has a burst to threaten the edge. Can really put some pressure on the tackle when rushing. … Did a nice job of showing some power with a rip move against Miami and also fighting through the double-team block. … There were some questions about his motor and if it ran all the time, but against Virginia Tech showed hustle and effort to chase the ball. … Was very impressive with the way he ran in space. This guy is an outstanding athlete. … Did a nice job of playing with his hands against Missouri both run and pass, but against Miami and Virginia Tech, thought he could have done a better job disengaging with the blocker quicker. … Showed a nice arm-over move that freed himself on an upfield rush against the Tigers. … When he wants to rush, he can be outstanding. He really does have the talent to be dominant, but he doesn’t always play that way. … Mentioned that he played some defensive tackle. If he goes to a 3-4 team, you will see him do more of this in the nickel. His first-step quickness and length would give guards plenty of trouble. Showed the ability to get push inside in the Missouri game. …Will most likely be the first end taken, but starting to hear more and more questions about his effort and intensity, so it will be something to keep an eye on as we get closer to the draft to see if he were to slide out of the top 10.

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