Dallas Cowboys: Wisconsin Badgers

Cowboys draft picks: OL Bill Nagy

May, 30, 2011
Ht., Wt.: 6-foot-3, 318
School: Wisconsin
Round (overall): Seventh (252nd)

To learn more about Cowboys draft pick Bill Nagy, we talked with Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad. Here’s what he had to say:

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Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireBill Nagy played center, guard and even tight end at Wisconsin.
How important was Nagy’s versatility?

Bostad: He played center for us. He played guard for us. He played tight end for us. Playing center and guard is one thing, then having him be at tight end in some of our heavier stuff I think says a lot of about his athleticism and ability and commitment. It takes time to learn those things. I’d say versatility is No. 1. No. 2 is that he’s a great kid. He’s committed. He’s going to be there. He’s going to study. He’s going to know the different positions. He’s going to put in the extra time.

Did you ever have to kick him out of the film room?

Bostad: I never did. He was just really consistent in that he had his times and these guys had their times. School is pretty demanding but he came in here and watched; him and those guys would follow right up after practice and watch more film.

How did the moped accident affect him his junior year?

Bostad: That one year it never really went away. It never did as much as they thought it would. It kind of nagged him. That was real tough. He lost a lot of time there.

Did it ever get him down?

Bostad: It was real tough for him not being part of the unit. Going into the deal, he had every expectation to be that guy. I think we did, too. A kid that cares and is passionate about the game, sure, he was devastated but he wasn’t a guy that was a moping dog about it. It was just too bad, but he never wavered, never stopped working out. I know we were coming into the season and some of our coaches went downstairs to the weight room wanting him to back off a little bit and he said, ‘Hey, I can’t back off.’ That’s just the type of kid he is. Tough guy. Reliable.”

Jason Garrett has talked about offensive linemen being able to finish plays. How does he finish?

Bostad: There’s a lot of plays where he went all the way there to the whistle and finished the job. There’s no question he’s a finisher. I don’t think he’d do what he did for us and get to where he’s gotten without doing some things exceptionally well on film.

Wisconsin has put out some top lineman. Is he in that mold?

Bostad: Absolutely. He’s a team player. One thing about all these guys, they don’t get a big head. They stay pretty steady and I think that allows guys to become better players and improve. They’ve got a lot of good examples around here.

Draft Watch: Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi

April, 6, 2011
Position: OT
School: Wisconsin
Scouts Inc. ranking: No. 22 overall

Bio: Won the Outland Trophy as a senior, when he was a consensus All-American and the Big Ten offensive lineman of the year. … Replaced No. 3 overall pick Joe Thomas at left tackle as a redshirt freshman. Made 49 starts in his career. … Civil engineering major who was four-time Academic All-Big Ten.

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Patrick Green/Icon SMIWisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi won the Outland Trophy largely because of his ability to lock onto and shove aside opposing blockers using his size and strength.
Size: 6-foot-7, 314 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.19
Arm length: 35 inches
Hand size: 10 3/8 inches
225-pound bench press reps: 29
Broad jump: 9-1
Vertical jump: 31 inches
20-yard shuttle: Did not run at combine.
Three-cone drill: Did not run at combine.

Broaddus Breakdown (viewed Ohio State, Iowa and TCU games): Played left tackle for the Badgers but in studying him, feel that he will have to be a right tackle in the league. … Mauler, brawler type of player that is a push/shove blocker. He will try to hammer his man at the point of attack with a physical punch, but there are times where he really lacks sustain to finish the block. Will try to lock onto his man then push him past the hole. … Gets into space but didn’t show the balance to consistently strike his target. Did not do a good enough job in space on the screen. Slow to area then unable to finish, ending up on ground. … Thought there was some things that Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn and Ohio State’s Cameron Heyward were able to do to him with quickness that really gave him trouble. Got called for holding on the backside of a running play against Iowa because he didn’t move his feet well enough. Clayborn did a nice job of using his hands to control Carimi, shed him then get in on the play. Was really on the edge of having good enough footwork to handle the speed and quickness of Clayborn’s upfield rush. … Is strong enough to where if he does get his hands on you, can stop the defender in his tracks. Like Anthony Castonzo, will get overextended the longer he has to carry his set, but if you rush him down the middle, he will wear you out. Similar player to the Packers’ 2010 first-round pick Bryan Bulaga, who started at right tackle for the majority of the season. … Again, see him as a right tackle only. Like the way he tries to physically beat his man up. Nowhere near the athlete of Tyron Smith or Nate Solder, but plays much stronger than any of the top tackles in this draft. If he has a weakness, it’s the quickness of his feet.