Dallas Cowboys: Cordy Glenn

After delay, David DeCastro visits

April, 18, 2012
IRVING, Texas – David DeCastro's initial visit to the Cowboys was cancelled because of severe storms two weeks ago, but the team was able to meet with the Stanford All-American at Valley Ranch recently, according to sources.

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The storms prevented the Cowboys from meeting with their full complement of visitors, but they were able to add LSU defensive end Michael Brockers to the list for a visit today.

Today is the final day draft prospects are allowed to visit teams. The first round of the draft is April 26 with Rounds 2-7 on April 27-28.

The list of visitors is noteworthy because of the Cowboys’ recent history. The last time the Cowboys’ first pick did not visit the team’s facility was DeMarcus Ware in 2005. Since then the team has met with Bobby Carpenter (2006), Anthony Spencer (2007), Felix Jones (2008), Mike Jenkins (2008), Jason Williams (2009), Dez Bryant (2010) and Tyron Smith (2011).

DeCastro is the best offensive line prospect in the draft. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones broke with tradition last year by selecting an offensive lineman in the first round (Smith) for the first time in his tenure. DeCastro was a three-year starter at Stanford.

Brockers projects as a 3-4 defensive end and had two sacks, four pressures and 9.5 tackles for loss last year at LSU.

The Cowboys also visited with the Alabama trio of safety Mark Barron, cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw, guards Cordy Glenn (Georgia), Amini Silatolu (Midwestern State) and Ronnell Leary (Memphis), Boise State nose tackle Chase Baker, Cal safety D.J. Campbell, Albion cornerback Chris Greenwood, Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward and Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis.
It's hard to predict where the Cowboys will go with the 14th pick of the first round in the NFL draft in a few weeks.

The projections have moved from offensive to defense.

After the Cowboys spent $30 million in free agency on offensive linemen Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, it would be easy to assume defense is where the team will focus it's attention at No. 14.

But if you look closely at the pass rushers available -- Courtney Upshaw, Quinton Coples and Melvin Ingram are all projected to be available in the teens -- team officials believe they're not much different from Anthony Spencer.

The only major difference is Spencer's experience over Upshaw, Coples and Ingram.

Cornerback appears out with the Cowboys giving Brandon Carr, a five-year $50.1 million deal.

Safety is a possibility even with the team signing Brodney Pool to a one-year deal in free agency. Mark Barron, the safety from Alabama, is a good selection. But say the Cowboys don't get him?

Which brings me back to the offense.

Maybe the Cowboys take a chance on an interior lineman.

Guards David DeCastro and Cordy Glenn and center Peter Konz are players who can move right in and start.

If you take Konz, you got your starting center to go along with guards Livings and Bernadeau. Pair that up with tackles Tyron Smith and Doug Free and you have a pretty imposing offensive line for DeMarco Murray and Tony Romo.

You build a strong offensive line and you can run the ball with efficiency and keep Romo protected in the pocket. Of course, a new offensive line would need time to develop with five new pieces.

Smith and Free are switching spots at tackle, and you'd have three new interior linemen.

It's OK if the Cowboys stick with a defensive player in the first round, but there's nothing wrong with grabbing an interior linemen.

Three Tide defenders to visit Cowboys

April, 3, 2012
IRVING, Texas – Most of the draft prognosticators have linked the Cowboys to Alabama’s three top defensive players, and all three are visiting with the team this week.

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick, safety Mark Barron and outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw are among the “top 30” visitors to meet with the coaches and front-office staff and get a look at Cowboys Stadium and Valley Ranch, according to multiple sources.

NFL rules limit teams to 30 national visitors to facilities prior to the draft, however, they do no on-field workouts. The visits are more in-depth interviews to get a feel for how a player learns or interacts. There is also a medical checkup.

While the players vary in talent and draft grades, the team’s last first-round pick not to make a top-30 visit with the Cowboys prior to the draft was DeMarcus Ware in 2005.

Coach Jason Garrett attended the pro day workouts of the three Crimson Tide players last week on his way back from the NFL owners' meetings. Garrett broke into the NFL coaching business in Miami under Alabama coach Nick Saban and counts Saban as one of his mentors. Last year Garrett attended Southern Cal’s pro day and the Cowboys selected Tyron Smith with their first-round pick.

In free agency, the Cowboys signed guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, but the team is also looking at Stanford’s David DeCastro, Georgia’s Cordy Glenn, Midwestern State’s Amini Silatolu and Memphis’ Ronnell Leary.

Other visitors include: Boise State nose tackle Chase Baker, Cal safety D.J. Campbell, Albion cornerback Chris Greenwood, Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward and Oklahoma linebacker Ronnell Lewis.

Draft preview series: Georgia G/T Cordy Glenn

March, 21, 2012
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.

Cowboys position series: Center/guards

February, 12, 2012
This is the sixth installment of our 12-part series breaking down the Cowboys roster. Today we look at centers and guards.

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AP Photo/Tony GutierrezIt's uncertain if the Cowboys want to bring guard Kyle Kosier back, but it appears that they do.
Cowboys players: Derrick Dockery (free agent), David Arkin (signed through 2014), Phil Costa (signed through 2012), Kevin Kowalski (signed through 2013), Kyle Kosier (signed through 2013), Daniel Loper (restricted free agent, Montrae Holland (free agent), Bill Nagy (signed through 2014).

Top free agents: Guards: Carl Nicks, New Orleans; Dan Connolly, New England; Ben Grubbs, Baltimore. Centers: Chris Myers, Houston; Scott Wells, Green Bay.

Top draft prospects: Guards: David DeCastro, Stanford; Cordy Glenn, Georgia; Brandon Washington, Miami. Centers: Peter Konz, Wisconsin; Mike Brewster, Ohio State.

2011 review: Jerry Jones said the evaluation process of these two positions needs to get better. The Cowboys overestimated the talent level of the guards after training camp, going with younger players who proved to be inconsistent. The health of three veteran guards raised more questions. It's uncertain if the Cowboys want to bring Kosier back, though it appears that they do. Holland and Dockery might not return in 2012. Both players dealt with health issues during the 2011 season. Nagy started the season at guard, but an ankle injury in October ended his season. When Tony Romo was pressured from the outside, he didn't have solid footing in the middle of the line.

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Offseason preview: Drafting a guard or center might be a possibility, but Nicks is a free agent if the Cowboys are interested in making him a significant offer. The Cowboys need to get better in this area. Finding more talent in the interior positions could help an improving run game and also assist the passing game. Dallas has to decide if a pass rusher is more important in the first round or an interior lineman.

Bryan Broaddus' Scout's Eye: Other than third wide receiver and backup tight end, the area of the offense that needs the most work is this position. I'm not a fan of center Phil Costa, and I feel that you need to do better than Holland, Dockery or Nagy at left guard. Free agent Carl Nicks (Saints) would be a huge upgrade, and it would allow you to play with a little less of a center if you choose to do so. In the draft, the Cowboys will have a shot to draft Stanford's David DeCastro -- the best guard -- or they could trade down and think about Cordy Glenn, a massive left tackle from Georgia who is projected to play inside. I think the best way to fix the position is via free agency, so the Cowboys can use the draft picks to help fix the corner or outside linebacker spots. But if they do decide to draft DeCastro, you can plug him in right away -- much like you did with Tyron Smith.

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