Saturday, April 28, 2012
Rapid Reaction: ILB Caleb McSurdy
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys' part in the NFL draft ended when they selected Caleb McSurdy, an inside linebacker.
Pros: He's a sure tackler who is good against the run. Cowboys running backs coach Skip Peete worked McSurdy out at fullback, so there's a possibility of getting position flexibility from him. McSurdy was a captain his senior season and that was something coach Jason Garrett likes to have on his roster -- captains were respected by their teammates and they understand the team concept. He does have good instincts for the ball, especially against the run.
Cons: McSurdy isn't that big, 6-1, 245, and that could give him problems in taking on NFL-type tight ends and offensive linemen. He's not very fast and could be exposed against the pass. If he's moved to fullback, there's uncertainty about his ability to block and get to defenders.
Cowboys fit: The Cowboys could use another good tackler for the special teams units, and McSurdy was active on special teams for two seasons. He did return punts and kicks his last two seasons. If he's moved to fullback the Cowboys get a bulky, strong player who can make an impact if he's not afraid to mix it up. If the Cowboys move him to fullback, they have a veteran in Lawrence Vickers who can be a good mentor.
Could have had: Edwin Baker, RB, Michigan State; David Molk, C, Michigan; Matt Reynolds, T, BYU; James Brown, G, Troy; Kelcie McCray, S, Arkansas State.