Dallas Cowboys: 2012 Draft OL

Draft preview series: Baylor C Philip Blake

March, 23, 2012
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The 10th installment of our draft preview series looks at Baylor center Philip Blake.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 3 center, unranked overall (not top 100)
Bio: He’s a 26-year-old native who did not play football until his senior year of high school. Played one season at Tyler Junior College before going to Baylor. Started every game for the Bears the last three seasons, playing right tackle as a sophomore and center as a junior and senior. Was first-team All-Big 12 last season, when he helped the Bears rank second in the nation in total offense and fourth in scoring offense.

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Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesCenter Philip Blake started every game for Baylor the last three seasons but may need time to develop.
Size: 6-foot-2 , 311 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.18 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 22
Vertical jump: 29.5 inches
Broad jump: 8-foot-9
20-yard shuttle: 4.65 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.88 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed TCU, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington games): Physically, he looks the part with a large lower body, but he surprisingly really didn't play with much power when it came to the running game. I really didn’t see much snap or shock to his game when taking on defenders. Too much catching and trying to steer. Likes to lean on his man, and it gets him in trouble because he gets overextended in his blocks. Tends to get a little straight-legged, and I think this hurts him with his power. … If he learns how to play with more of a flat back, I think he would have better success. Seems like he is always reaching on his blocks. His sustain comes from grabbing and holding his man. … Thought he could have done a much better job of finishing blocks. There were times when he looked like he was peeking to find the ball then let up when it got past him. … Has outstanding timed speed for an offensive lineman, but you don’t see him play fast. Plays more like his 20 shuttle time of 4.65. Is not that quick-footed athlete that you would like to have at center. Had problems getting to and securing blocks on the second level. … Thought he could have played with better balance, especially on reach and cut-off blocks. Was a nonfactor in the screen package against TCU and Oklahoma. Would clear his man, then it was a struggle for him to get out in space, leaving a defender unblocked. … He did a much better job when he was asked to pass protect. Was more active with his hands in the Oklahoma game. Is really comfortable playing against an opponent that doesn’t have many pass rush moves, like against Texas, but Alameda Ta’amu of Washington (one of the top nose tackles in this draft) gave him some fits with his power. … Solid when asked to help in the pocket with blitz pickups. You see awareness and vision in this area. … Comes from an offense that runs a great deal of read option but that also threw the ball, so he will need some development as a run blocker, which right now is his biggest weakness. … Don’t like the fact that he only lifted 22 times with 225. He is a little bit behind in that area too, but it is something that he can work on. … Will be a consideration in the middle of the draft because he does have some tools that could be developed.

Draft preview series: Georgia C Ben Jones

March, 21, 2012
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The ninth installment of our draft series focuses on Georgia center Ben Jones.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 2 center, unranked overall (not top 100)
Bio: Rimington Award finalist was named Georgia’s MVP after his senior season, when he was a team captain. Made 49 starts in his career, the third most by an offensive lineman in Georgia history. Named second-team All-SEC after his sophomore and senior seasons.

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Dale Zanine/US PresswireCenter Ben Jones made calls on the line for Georgia, where he was a Rimington Award finalist and team MVP as a senior.
Size: 6-foot-2 5/8, 303 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.36 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 29
Vertical jump: 30.5 inches
Broad jump: 8-foot-9
20-yard shuttle: 4.74 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.95 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Boise State, Mississippi State and LSU games): Tries to be more of an athlete than a guy that is going to pound you. Have seen him come off the ball and finish blocks with a nasty streak, but doesn’t do this near enough. … Is not afraid to take a cheap shot when given the opportunity. … Plays more with his feet than he does with power. Has nice weight room strength, but you see him catch blocks, then try and work for control. … Able to shuffle, slide and redirect. Can pick up the twist stunts on the blitz. … Loves to use his hands to block but doesn’t punch with them. His technique is to grab and hold onto his man. Should have been called for holding several times but wasn’t. Really tries to control his man with his hands. Doesn’t really shock his man so you see him using his feet to stay in front and mirror. … Good against LSU first-round prospect Michael Brockers in handling his spin move. Brockers can be tough because of his quickness and power going up the field, but Jones hung in there nicely and didn’t allow the pressure. … Makes all the line calls. Is solid to help when uncovered. Does a nice job of kicking away from the line of scrimmage and sorting out where the defensive pressure is coming from. … Is an upright, straight-legged blocker as a pass protector. … No problems with the shotgun snap. … As a run blocker, he doesn’t play with much lower-body power. Tends to get stalemated, but fights like heck to try and finish his blocks. … Is a bit of a narrow-based player. Have seen him get thrown to the ground when that base gets too narrow. … It bothered me a couple of times that when getting to the second level, he got tripped trying to complete the block and ended up on the ground. This just didn’t happen once but three different times. … Does a nice job when he is asked to block back on the counter or misdirection plays. Can maintain his position to shield his man from the ball. Likes to throw on blocks when he gets outside on the screens. Can be a little slow footed when working outside. … Is not the athletic level of David Molk of Michigan but will be the second center on a lot of team’s boards. As mentioned, have seen him play with a nasty streak but like to see it more. Will be in the mix as teams work into the middle rounds.

Draft preview series: Georgia G/T Cordy Glenn

March, 21, 2012
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The eighth installment of our draft preview series focuses on Georgia guard/tackle Cordy Glenn.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 5 offensive tackle, No. 30 overall
Bio: Started 50 games at Georgia, playing left tackle, left guard and right guard. Was second-team All-SEC as a sophomore and junior and first-team All-SEC as a senior. Served as a team captain as a senior.

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Cal Sport Media via AP ImagesCordy Glenn played several spots along Georgia's offensive line and moves very well for a man his size.
Size: 6-foot-5 , 345 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.09 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 31
Vertical jump: 23.5 inches
Broad jump: 7-foot-9
20-yard shuttle: 5.0 seconds
Three-cone drill: 8.13 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Boise State, Florida and LSU games): Was the starter at left tackle for the Bulldogs in 2011 but has also made some starts at guard, which is where he is projected to play in the NFL. … The first thing you notice about him is his massive size. He is every bit of 345 pounds but does not move like a player that is that heavy. … Shows nice initial quickness out of his stance. Is light on his feet and really does a nice job of sliding and shuffling. … Has good body control when he becomes engaged with his man. Good lateral ability. Was able to adjust well to the twist and handle the games up front. Did not do a good enough job of this in the Boise game, and if this was your only shot to study him you would not have drafted him. But as the season wore on, he got better on his adjustments. Didn’t look like a natural bender early, but later you see him playing with a better base. … Is a powerful man in the way he uses his hands to punch the defender. There is some shock in his punch. … There is no way to bull-rush him, but he has the footwork keep pass-rushers from attacking him on the corner. Did give up a sack on a quick inside pressure by Barkevious Mingo of LSU, and as mentioned, had some problems against Boise. … Size and feet help him in the running game. Can get push when he just fires off the ball. Just engulfs his man. … Can make the reach and cut-off blocks. Always looking to make the second block. Can adjust to take his man down inside. Can get push when he is asked to make the down block. Is good in a tight area. … Had his troubles against Boise when he pulled and didn’t do a good enough job of hitting his target. Was late off the ball and tiptoed on the cut-off block, as well, in this game, but you didn’t see any of that in the other two games. … Can’t tell you how impressive he was being that large and moving the way he did at left tackle playing against SEC rushers. Will be better suited to play inside, but if he had to play right tackle in a pinch, it would not be that difficult for him. … Will be the second guard off the board in this draft behind David DeCastro.

Draft preview: Wisconsin C Peter Konz

March, 19, 2012
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The seventh installment of our draft series looks at Wisconsin center Peter Konz.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 1 center, No. 31 overall
Bio: Started 31 games at center for Wisconsin. Was a Rimington Award finalist as a redshirt junior in 2011, when he was first-team All-Big Ten. Missed seven games due to injury in three seasons. Was an Academic All-Big Ten selection who graduated with a 3.2 grade-point average in communication arts.

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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesPeter Konz started 31 games at Wisonsin and is rated as the best center in the draft.
Size: 6-foot-5, 314 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.16 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 18
Did not do agility drills at the combine due to left ankle injury.

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Nebraska, Ohio State, Michigan State and Oregon games): Started at center for the Badgers. Was a converted offensive tackle. … Is not a smooth-moving athlete, but can be effective once he gets his hands on you. Herky-jerky style. Is not a pretty player at all. Likes to hit, then grab his man. … Does a really nice job of staying with his blocks. Is able to adjust on the move. Can bend his knees. Can change direction. … Scheme called for him to block back quite a bit. Knows how to play with angles and uses leverage to his advantage. … Can be physical when he is asked to block one on one. Only did 18 reps at 225 at the Combine, which was surprising because you do see him play with better strength. … Has good short-area quickness. … There were some plays where he was a one-shot blocker and ended up on the ground. … Did a nice job when he was asked to reach block to the front side. Has a real feel for how to get the edge and secure it. Good at working to the second level and securing his man. … Showed awareness to help in the pocket when uncovered. Able to adjust to the blitzer when called on. Did not see him get fooled with games or twists. … Didn’t get knocked back; able to hold his ground. Really liked the way that he plays with toughness. Is one of those linemen that is always trying to finish his blocks. … Is the best center in the draft with a great deal of experience as a starter. Feel like that you could plug him in right now and he would do a solid job.

Draft preview series: Stanford G David DeCastro

March, 18, 2012
3/18/12
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Our sixth installment in the draft preview series looks at Stanford guard David DeCastro.

Scouts Inc. ranks: No. 1 guard, No. 16 overall
Bio: Started every game at right guard the last three seasons after redshirting as a freshman. Consensus All-American in 2011 and first-team conference the last two seasons. Stanford averaged better than 200 rushing yards per game in each of his three seasons as a starter. Graduated with a degree in management, science and engineering.

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Matt Kartozian/US PresswireGuard David DeCastro's biggest strength as a blocker is as a pass protector.
Size: 6-foot-4 7/8, 316 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.34 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 34
Vertical jump: 29.5 inches
Broad jump: 8-foot-2
20-yard shuttle: 4.56 seconds

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed USC, Oregon, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State games): Lined up at right guard for the Cardinal. ... Sits really low in his stance and is quick out of his stance. Nice slide and punch. … Good pull and adjust. Has a little hitch when he pulls but it doesn’t limit his ability to get to the outside. Does a nice job when he gets on the edge of finding his target and sustaining his block. Really does a nice job of sealing the edge and staying on his feet. … It is rare that you see him on the ground. Good to get to the second level, able to combo with center or tackle and work up. … Thought he did a better job with his sustain of block when on the edge more so than when he was inside. Can make the backside cut-off block. … If there is one area that DeCastro struggles, it is when he has to be a one-on-one blocker in the running game. He doesn’t always get the movement that you would expect from a player that benched 225 pounds 34 times at the combine. In this area, you see him getting stalemated more times than not, which is surprising. … His biggest strength as a blocker is as a pass protector. Has nice knee bend and flexibility when he kicks away from the line. Plays with balance and you do not see any overextension, which happens to a lot of college linemen. Really good job of movement and sliding with his man. Is very light on his feet and even when he is beaten with quickness, he is able to counter the move and work back into position to finish the block. … I am impressed with the way that when he is uncovered in the pocket that he is always looking to help a teammate with a block. Has outstanding awareness of his assignment and what he needs to do in the scheme to be successful. You see the ability to adjust when defenses run blitzes and games to try and pressure Andrew Luck. … Is the best guard in a deep draft at the position. Thought there was a real chance before free agency that he was going to be the Cowboys’ selection, but now I feel like they will go in a different direction.

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