Sunday, February 3, 2013
Texas vs. The Nation notes
By Calvin Watkins
ALLEN, Texas -- Checked out the Texas vs. The Nation college all-star game on Saturday afternoon and came away with some impressions in regards to the Cowboys.
- Michigan State's Anthony Rashard White was pretty impressive for the The Nation and might be worth a pick in the middle rounds. White, 6-foot-2, 330 pounds, played defensive tackle and took on numerous double-teams and was able to get some pressures on the Texas quarterbacks. White was difficult to block on several plays as he displayed quickness and power. Some NFL teams could see him as a nose tackle, but the Cowboys, if they're considering him, could place him at defensive tackle.
- Tight end Matt Furstenburg from Maryland ran some good routes and didn't have too many problems blocking. Furstenburg is a big target at 6--foot-3, 244 pounds. He seems like a fourth- or fifth-round pick and if the Cowboys select him, he could become the No. 3 tight end if John Phillips doesn't get re-signed in the offseason and James Hanna moves up the depth chart.
- Texas A&M center Patrick Lewis looked pretty good in run blocking and seems to have that push you're looking for. The Cowboys started three different centers last season due to injury. Lewis should get a serious look at Dallas Day this spring. He's not a highly-regarded draft pick, but we'll see how he performs moving forward in his workouts with other teams.
- Cornerback AJ Bouye from Central Florida forced a fumble and looked good in man coverage on Saturday. Bouye has the skill set to play slot corner because he has quick feet and isn't afraid to mix it up with wide receivers. The Texas quarterbacks targeted him on consecutive plays late in the first half and while the receiver caught the passes, there was little room to get free.
- SMU outside linebacker Ja'Gared Davis was good rushing off the edge and picked up a tackle for loss and provided some pressure on the quarterback. Davis was quick off the ball and showed some finesse and power in his rushes. Davis is another player the Cowboys should bring to Dallas Day and maybe target him as a late draft pick.