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SELECTED BY DALLAS , ROUND 2, PICK 11, OVERALL PICK 43
RB | (5'9", 214, 4.49) | NOTRE DAME | COLLEGE STATS
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Alerts: (B: BULK/SIZE) Lacks size/bulk for position
(M: MENTAL) Does not retain and learn the system
Comments: Jones is a shifty, quick and elusive runner with very good lateral quickness and fluid hips. He has excellent initial quickness and burst to the hole, does a nice job of turning the corner, finds cutback lanes and has very good agility. Jones can stop and start without losing much in transition. He has good top-end speed and shows a second gear in the open field. He is elusive and can make defenders miss in space. He is an inexperienced receiver but has terrific hands and is a huge threat when he has the ball in space. He also has experience as a kickoff return man and could perform that role in the NFL. But there are problems here. Jones missed 2002 because he was academically ineligible. He lacks size, has had problems staying healthy and has never really carried a full load. He lacks power as a runner and will not break tackles. Has had some trouble fumbling and can be tentative at times -- dancing too much and not making good decisions. He is especially green as a pass blocker and must improve his technique. Jones is the younger brother of Thomas Jones (Buccaneers). When he missed his entire 2002 season after failing to meet academic requirements, Julius took the season off, fulfilled his requirements at Arizona State and returned to Notre Dame for his final season of eligibility. There were a lot of questions about how strong Jones would be and what condition he would be in when he returned, but he answered those early. Jones quickly became the Irish's best offensive player and improved his draft value considerably. Jones is small, but he runs hard, is quick, shifty and elusive. He could be the type of player who flourishes in the NFL after a trying college experience. He would be a great value in the third round because he should return kicks and emerge as a full-time starter in a West Coast offense that puts a premium on good receivers.
SELECTED BY DALLAS , ROUND 2, PICK 20, OVERALL PICK 52
OT | (6'6", 307, 5.25) | USC | COLLEGE STATS
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Alerts: (D: DURABILITY) Player that can't stay healthy
Comments: Rogers is an efficient run blocker. Consistently in good position in running game. Hard worker, will drive legs, work to sustain. Stronger up top than in lower body. Good at keeping separation, using hands to direct defensive line. Runs well, stays under control. Very good balance as blocker in space, consistently hits moving target. But cannot overpower defenders, lacks lower-body strength, more of a position-and-wall-off run blocker than anything. Will have trouble against big, powerful defenders. Tall, decent bulk. Experienced starter with solid technique. Good initial quickness in pass pro set. Moves very well laterally. Bends at knees, excellent leverage, excellent body control. Can mirror and slide vs. double move. Adequate upper-body strength, can control line if he's locked on, but lacks initial pop and won't jar defenders with initial punch. Has good initial quickness. Comes out of stance with solid leverage in running game. Does not explode but shows above-average quickness. Quick set in pass pro. Rarely beat inside. Weaker lower body. Lacks powerful punch. Has most trouble against physical, powerful ends. Will struggle to overpower linemen at point of attack in run game. Has trouble anchoring vs. bigger, stronger linemen on bull rush. No major injuries, but always nicked up. Good athlete, but won't wow you with speed or agility. Good foot quickness and lateral agility. Runs with balance, control. Can hit moving targets in running game and rarely loses to speed or athleticism in pass pro. Rogers was one of the fastest-rising linemen in the 2004 class. He is a fine athlete who continues to add bulk, strength and technique. There were concerns about his durability after he added so much weight and had health troubles, but he has settled in at around 300 pounds and did not miss significant time in 2003. Rogers is athletic enough to play left tackle and could develop into a very solid starter. Rogers is clearly the third-best offensive tackle in this class and should come off the board by early in the second round.
SELECTED BY DALLAS , ROUND 3, PICK 20, OVERALL PICK 83
OG | (6'4", 317, 5.28) | LSU | COLLEGE STATS
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Comments: Peterman has very good size, strength. Ttough and aggressive. Adequate initial quickness out of stance. Explodes in the run game, shows good initial pop. Keeps legs moving and will drive through blocks. Good at sustaining. Strong upper body, keeps good separation in pass pro when locked on. Has the base to anchor in pass pro. Decent feet. Improved mobility. Durable. Has slimmed down but lacks mobility, athleticism and has trouble moving laterally in space. Loses balance too often. Overextends in pass pro at times and has trouble getting in position to pick up blitz or stunt. Needs better technique. Inconsistent hands. Will take poor angles. Will take false steps coming out of stance. Lacks awareness as pass blocker and has some trouble vs. stunts and blitzes. Peterman is an experienced three-year starter. He began his LSU career as a defensive lineman and playing sparingly at tight end before moving to guard in 2001. He has continued to improve and has lots of upside. Peterman has ideal size and adequate quickness. He is a mean, tough, aggressive player who has turned body fat into muscle, but he is a below-average athlete who gets into trouble in space. He must improve his footwork and use leverage and balance better. Overall he is a big, powerful, mauling guard with enough short-area quickness to be effective in pass protection. If Peterman can stay in shape and continue to improve his technique, he could very push for a starting job by 2005. Peterman is likely to be one of the top five guards selected, roughly in the third round.
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