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  1. Hostile

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    Rd 1 - 022 -

    Dallas trades pick 1st round pick (#22) to Cleveland for Cleveland's Second round pick (#36) and Cleveland's 1st round pick in 2008

    Dallas trades 2nd round pick (#36th), 3rd Round pick (#87) and 5th round (#159) to Eagles for the Eagles first round pick (#26)

    Rd 1 - 026 - Anthony Spencer LB, Purdue

    BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting career-best totals of 93/26.5/10.5. Also broke up six passes last year. Junior totals were 23/7.5/3 in a rotational system.

    POSITIVES: Outstanding athlete who took his game to another level last year. Quick off the snap, fast off the edge and shows a burst of speed in every direction. Plays with terrific balance, leverage and body control. Fluid changing direction.

    NEGATIVES: At times easily controlled by a single blocker. Rarely used in space or asked to make plays in reverse.

    ANALYSIS: Coming off a sensational senior campaign, Spencer has significantly elevated his draft stock. Could be used as a conventional defensive end or a rush linebacker in a 3-4 defense. Needs to improve his playing strength.


    Rd 2 - 036 - (from Cleveland) Traded to Philly
    Rd 2 - 053 -

    Dallas trades 2nd round pick (#67) and 6th round pick (#195) to Browns for 3rd round pick (#67), 4th round pick (#103) and 6th round pick (#178)

    Rd 3 - 067 - From Cleveland

    James Marten OT, BC

    BIOGRAPHY: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior. Used at left tackle last season after spending the prior two years at guard.

    POSITIVES: Nice-sized small-area blocker who works best on the strong side. Patient, plays with good pad level and gets after assignments. Strong at the point, controls opponents and effectively uses his hands.

    NEGATIVES: Struggles to adjust, lacks lateral blocking range and playing balance. Not effective in motion.

    ANALYSIS: A good-sized blocker who plays with a nasty attitude, Martin is a multi-dimensional lineman with better-than-average potential for the next level. Best in confined quarters at guard, yet also will get consideration as a right tackle.


    Rd 3 - 087 - Traded to Philly

    Rd 4 - 103 - From Cleveland Isaiah Stanback QB/WR Washington

    BIOGRAPHY: Two-year starter who posted 53.4%/1,325/10/3 in eight games last year. Underwent season-ending foot surgery in October. Junior passing totals included 2,136 yards.

    POSITIVES: Athletic passer whose game made major strides before his injury. Patient in the pocket, possesses a live arm and gets passes through the tight spots. Easily drives the ball downfield with a flick of his wrist. Stands strong in the pocket.

    NEGATIVES: Does not consistently sense the rush. Late on timing throws. Must improve his overall pass placement.

    ANALYSIS: A solid athlete with NFL arm strength, Stanback was making big strides before being sidelined with the foot injury. Offers potential at a number of positions yet will be under center at the start of his pro career.


    Rd 4 - 122 - Doug Free OT, Northern Illinois

    POSITIVES: Smart, alert lineman who stands out in pass protection. Displays a lot of quickness, recognizes blitzes and is an outstanding position blocker who makes effective use of angles. Stays square, keeps defenders in front of him and fights with his hands.

    NEGATIVES: Not a dominant run blocker nor a true finisher. More of a finesse lineman than an outright mauler. Suffered a stress fracture in his foot early last season that hampered his play all year.

    ANALYSIS: Formerly a tight end, Free has grown into a terrific offensive tackle. Offers a lot of upside for the next level yet may be incorrectly evaluated because of his injury last season. Possesses starting potential and is a bargain outside of the first round.


    Rd 5 - 159 - Traded to Philly
    Rd 6 - 178 - From Cleveland - Nick Folk K, Arizona

    BIOGRAPHY: Handled the full-time kicking and punting duties last season, winning All-Conference honors. Connected on 75% of his field goals last year with a long of 52. Averaged 44 yards on 74 punts, including a long of 78.

    POSITIVES: Strong-legged kicker with an inconsistent game. Drives punts downfield, kicks moon shots that get great hang time, and gives coverage teams an opportunity to make plays downfield. Consistent field goal kicker inside 40 yards.

    NEGATIVES: Struggles when rushed as a punter and does not quickly get the ball off his foot. Has difficulty with directional kicking and is not effective as a pooch punter. Kickoffs do not get great height.

    ANALYSIS: A double-duty kicker with enough leg strength to make it at the next level, Folk must improve his overall consistency to have a shot at making an active roster.


    Rd 6 - 195 - Traded to Cleveland From Cleveland

    Cleveland trades 6th round pick (#195) to Dallas for Cowboy's 6th round (#200) and 7th Round (#234) picks.

    Deon Anderson FB, Connecticut

    BIOGRAPHY: Senior totals included 23/78/0 on the ground and 14/101/2 receiving. Did not play in .05 after leaving the school with legal and personal issues. Moved into the starting unit as a junior in .04.

    POSITIVES: Hard-working blocker who flashes abilities handling the ball. Quick off the snap, has a burst of speed and accelerates into blocks. Jolts opponents at the point, sealing them from the action and opens holes for running backs. Fluid into pass routes.

    NEGATIVES: Looks lean on the field and does not play like a 250-pound lead blocker. Not a natural pass-catcher.

    ANALYSIS: A solid athlete who has displayed flashes of skill at Connecticut, Anderson has the ability to develop into a lead blocker for a West Coast offense. Must sort out his personal issues, which ultimately could keep him from having a career at the next level


    Rd 6 - 200 - Traded to Cleveland

    Rd 7 - 212 - Courtney Brown CB, Cal-Poly

    BIOGRAPHY: Former receiver who started in the defensive backfield the past three years. All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 51/1/7. Junior totals were 44/7/12.

    POSITIVES: Nice-sized, instinctive cornerback with solid ball skills. Fluid transitioning to run with opponents, quickly reads the action and has a nice break to the ball. Displays good hands for the interception and has been a game changer in the past.

    NEGATIVES: Marginal playing speed and gets beaten deep. Better facing the action and struggles with his back to the ball.

    ANALYSIS: Offering solid size, Brown could fit in as a dime back for a zone defense.


    Rd 7 - 234 - Traded to Cleveland

    Rd 7 - 237 - Alan Ball CB, Illinois

    BIOGRAPHY: Four-year starter who posted career totals of 62/1/11 last season after 55/1/5 as a junior.

    POSITIVES: Tall, thin cover corner who plays heads-up football. Effective facing the action, works well with safeties and quickly breaks on the ball. Reads the action, displays a good degree of suddenness to his game and fast up the field defending the run.

    NEGATIVES: Not strong at the point, has tackles broken and loses out in battles. Struggles staying with receivers out from their breaks.

    ANALYSIS: A developing corner who.s shown a lot of promise, Ball is a late-round selection who could be used as a nickel or dime back for a variety of defensive systems.

  2. Cowboys&Caps

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    Great Draft, Gotta love having a likely top ten pick next year! Especially for the price of a 2nd round pick at the end of the day!
  3. NextGenBoys

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    I think besides getting a first rounder next year, this draft has been horendous. I dont like the pick considering some of the players available, and the management of trading picks.
  4. KDWilliams85

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    Most teams in the AFC would have jumped on Quinn but Cleveland beat the Boys to it.

    Baltimore, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Green Bay will be looking for a QB next year and they could have snagged one as early as 16.

    Dallas raped Cleveland today. Severly. If that pick next year turns to be #1 and Bryant McFadden comes out, oh **** son...
  5. ravidubey

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    Can't grade the draft yet by a long shot, but unless we land a Colston we've already got better young WR's than what's left out there. IMO Dallas needed to draft a future WR starter this year.
  6. BrAinPaiNt

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    Anthony Spencer


    Dubbed the "Den of Defensive Ends," the Boilermakers have sent Akin Ayodele (Dallas Cowboys), Rosevelt Colvin (New England Patriots), Ray Edwards (Minnesota Vikings), Rob Ninkovich (New Orleans Saints), Chike Okeafor (Arizona Cardinals) and Shaun Phillips (San Diego Chargers) to the pros since Joe Tiller arrived as Purdue's head coach.

    Spencer was a three-year starter at nose guard and fullback at Bishop Luers High School. He was a two-time all-state pick and three-time all-area and all-conference selection. He was the Indianapolis Star Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior after he recorded 65 tackles, including 24 for loss and 7.0 sacks, with seven fumble recoveries and one interception as a member of the Class 2A state championship team.

    He also rushed for more than 600 yards and 13 touchdowns while averaging 9.1 yards per carry. Spencer had 82 tackles, including 21 for loss and 13 sacks his junior season. He received the team's Mental Attitude Award as sophomore. He closed out his career as the school's record holder with 73 tackles for loss and 27 sacks. He also lettered on the school's basketball team.

    Spencer enrolled at Purdue in 2002, spending the season on the scout team. He saw limited action on defense in 2003, appearing in 10 games. But he managed just six tackles (three solos) and assisted on one stop behind the line of scrimmage.

    In 2004, Spencer played in 12 games, starting the first 11 at weakside defensive end. He registered 33 tackles (18 solos) and finished third on the team with 7½ sacks and 9½ stops for losses. He also batted away six passes and caused three fumbles, earning All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention.

    Even though he started all 11 games in 2005, Spencer failed to match his 2004 exploits. He was limited to 23 tackles (16 solos) while posting three sacks and 7½ stops behind the line of scrimmage. He caused three fumbles and recovered another while also deflecting one pass.

    Spencer bounced back with a banner senior year. The Ted Hendricks Award (nation's top defensive end) finalist ranked second in the nation with 26½ stops behind the line of scrimmage, the fifth-best season total in Big Ten Conference history. He finished second on the team with 93 tackles (69 solos) and first with 10½ sacks. He also caused five fumbles and recovered another while batting away six passes and blocking one kick.

    In 47 games at Purdue, Spencer started 36 times. He registered 155 tackles (106 solos) with two fumble recoveries, 13 pass deflections and a blocked kick. He ranks fifth in school history with 21 sacks for minus-147 yards and finished seventh on the Purdue career-record chart with 44 stops for losses totaling 241 yards. His 11 forced fumbles rank second in school history.


    Positives: Has a developing frame with good upper-body muscle tone, tight waist and hips, good bubble, thick arms and room to add at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no loss in quickness … Has outstanding straight-line quickness, moving with an explosive burst coming off the edge … Has the quick change-of-direction agility to work down the line and his speed and range dropping back in pass coverage could see him develop into a 3-4 outside linebacker (best when having a free lane to pressure the pocket rather than bull rushing inside as a down lineman) … Really improved his ball recognition skills in 2006 and is no longer fooled by misdirection … With his better recognition skills, he vastly improved his backside pursuit skills, evident by the 21 third-down stops and five fourth-down tackles he executed in 2006 … Has the upper-body strength to consistently get leverage coming off the snap … Gets instant penetration as a pass rusher, showing proper hand technique, combined with an array of rip-and-swim moves to explosively close on the quarterback … Shows the hand delivery and punch-out ability coming off the ball, guarding his legs vs. the chop block while maintaining the angle to close on the ball … Has his best production when he beats the offensive tackle with his quickness and has the lateral range to slip in-line … Contributes on the move and has the speed needed to chase long distances and make plays along the perimeter … Relentless in his straight-ahead charge to the ball … Has that rare speed to catch plays from behind … Locks out well, delivering a powerful hand swipe to get blockers off-balance … Has improved his anchor vs. the double team (still a work in progress) … His improved hand placement in 2006 saw him no longer struggle vs. face-up blockers … Has the lateral agility to flatten down the line of scrimmage and get outside … Has the athletic agility to fit in space, using his long arms to wrap and secure … Has the functional strength to get a push on the bull rush … Shows the speed and body control to get up field and shows a good feel to work back to the ball … Will play through pain, evident by his 15-tackle performance vs. Notre Dame in 2006 despite playing with a hyper-extended knee.

    Negatives: Plays with good functional strength, but relies on his speed too much … Lacks the size to gain leverage vs. double teams … When he fails to use his hands to fend off blocks, he gets covered up by offensive tackles defending the run, as he generally will lose containment … Needs to add more lower-body strength, as he lacks the leg drive to split or play off the combo blocks … Sometimes gets a little reckless in his pursuit and this results in him getting taken out of the play … When he fails to keep his pads down, he tends to lead with his shoulder before making the hit, rather than extending and securing with his arms … Lacks the ideal size to run over offensive tackles and will get engulfed and struggle to disengage when the opponent gets into his chest … Has good backpedal skills, but is a bit stiff in his hips trying to turn … Lack of size could see him as a better fit for a 3-4 alignment as a linebacker (has the speed to make plays in front of him) … Will play through pain, but missed action in several games with nagging leg cramps in 2006.

    Compares To: Shaun Phillips, San Diego -- Both players were developed in the Joe Tiller system at Purdue to attack the quarterback with quickness … Both lack the ideal size you look for in a defensive end, but Phillips proved that he was capable of competing in a stand-up position … Spencer was a better prospect than Phillips coming out of college … If used in a similar system, Spencer will have just as much success in the pro ranks that Phillips has shown.


    2003: Suffered torn ligaments in his foot (third and fourth metatarsal) in April camp, and the injury prevented him from seeing action in the team's first three games.

    2005: Suffered a hamstring strain in August camp … Played with the flu vs. Miami, Ohio (Sept. 9) … Suffered a hyper-extended knee vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 30) … Sprained his right foot vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 21) and wore a boot to protect the injury, missing the entire week of practice leading up to the Iowa contest … Left the Penn State (Oct. 28) and Michigan State (Nov. 4) games with leg cramps.


    Campus: 4.63 in the 40-yard dash … 500-pound bench press … 32 5/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed.

  7. BrAinPaiNt

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    James Marten


    Like most Boston College offensive linemen in recent years, Marten has the versatility and skills to play a variety of positions on the front wall. He will probably shift to right tackle at the pro level to take advantage of his long frame and drive blocking skills. He played that position as a redshirt freshman before shifting to left guard for his sophomore and junior seasons. With the graduation of Jeremy Trueblood, Marten was again on the move in 2006, taking over the demanding left tackle chores.

    Marten earned 2001 All-Midwest honors from SuperPrep and PrepStar at Brebeuf Jesuit High School. He was a two-time all-state Class 3A and all-county choice. He was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Top 50 in 2001 and was also a member of the North-South All-Star team.

    The team captain also competed on the Braves' basketball and track and field teams. He helped the basketball team capture the state Class 3A title in 2000. In track, he competed in the discus and served as team captain during his senior year.

    Marten enrolled at Boston College in 2002, spending the season competing on the scout team as an offensive tackle. He appeared all 13 games, earning his first career start (only one for the year) at right tackle against Colorado State in the San Francisco Bowl. He earned a full-time starting job at left offensive guard in 2004. He helped the team rush for 1,579 yards and throw for 2,594 more, as he totaled 60 knockdowns.

    In 2005, Marten was named All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team. He registered 72 knockdowns for a unit that averaged 25.8 points and 387.8 yards per game in total offense. He started 12 games at left guard as part of a front wall that allowed only 15 quarterback sacks (1½ by Marten).

    Marten took over left tackle duties as a senior. He was again named All-ACC second team, allowing only 1½ of the 22 sacks given up by the offensive line. The team averaged 354.15 yards per game and also averaged 26.0 points, as Marten collected a career-high 84 knockdowns. In 50 games with the Eagles, he would finish his career with 38 consecutive starts. He produced 222 knockdowns/key blocks in the games he started.


    Positives: Has a tall, thick frame with room to add at least another 25 pounds of bulk … Has thick thighs, very long arms, adequate muscle tone and good timed speed … Shows a competitive nature and good toughness, staying with the play until the whistle … Durable player who will not hesitate to mix it up in the trenches … Fights on every play and makes every effort to spring the running back … Smart player who knows his assignments, but is more alert picking up the defender at the line of scrimmage than on the move (lacks second level awareness) … Holds ground when setting up in pass protection and does a decent job of picking up adjustments on stunts … Lacks suddenness or quick-twitch moves, but shows patience waiting for movement to come to him … Generally will finish his blocks, as he knows how to gain position and use his long arms in attempts to sustain … Has the big body to occupy the defender and hold ground at the point of attack … Better as a position blocker, as his feet are too sluggish moving in space (has good short-area quickness, but speed tapers off considerably moving to the second level), but is a decent plodder who knows how to lean, push and hold the rush lane … Has the long arms to make reach blocks, extend, anchor and hold off the pass rusher … His best asset is his punch and lockout ability with his hands, as he keeps them active, gets good placement and is quick to reset and recoil (may overextend at times, but usually recovers) … When he extends those hands to punch, he puts enough force behind his hits to control the defender … Not used on pulls and traps due to stiff hips, but does take good (but slow) angles … Stays with the play and uses his reach to ride defenders away from the pocket … Does a decent job picking up stunts and blitzes, using his hands effectively to defeat counter moves.

    Negatives: Very slow coming off the ball into the second level and is too tall in his stance to be used on pulls and traps, making him a liability at offensive guard … Lacks the quick feet to mirror edge rushers in pass protection at left tackle, but will need to add bulk to his frame for a possible move to right tackle (so they can cover up his pass protection deficiencies vs. the speed rush, he is better suited for the right side) … Lacks suddenness to gain movement on contact … Too clumsy moving in space and will generally cross his feet and fall to the ground due to poor balance issues on the move … Plays with a wide base and his feet tend to die when he has to retreat in pass protection (often beaten off the edge) … Too stiff in his hips to redirect, and while he has a strong hand punch, he needs to use it more often as he lacks consistency shocking the defender with pop on contact … Is too tall to sink his weight and with marginal leg drive, he can be pushed back into the pocket … Lacks knee bend and drops his head too much on the move, struggling to locate second level defenders.

    Compares To: Jeremy Trueblood, Tampa Bay Buccaneers … Marten is a Trueblood clone -- a college left tackle who is too slow-footed to pull and trap as a guard and has some strength and lateral movement issues that make him a liability at left tackle … With additional bulk, Marten might be a better fit at right tackle … He is a good short-area drive blocker with a strong hand punch and placement, but at right tackle his pass protection deficiencies against edge rushers can be covered up better than when isolated on the left side.


    No injuries reported.


    Campus: 5.16 in the 40-yard dash … 345-pound bench press … 400-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 27-inch vertical jump … 34-inch arm length … 9¼-inch hands … Left-handed … Wears contacts.

  8. BrAinPaiNt

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    Isaiah Stanback


    A multi-sport standout, Stanback excelled as a receiver and quarterback for the Huskies' football team while also competing on the track team as a sprinter. He fell just shy of setting the school 100-meter dash record. In addition, he was a prep standout in baseball and, despite not playing that game at the collegiate level, the Baltimore Orioles selected him in the 45th round of the 2006 draft.

    Because of his athletic ability and just a little over two years of experience at quarterback, many professional teams are eyeing Stanback as a potential wide receiver candidate. His quest to show pro scouts his wares has been sidetracked since mid-October.

    Stanback recently got his right foot out of a protective boot, ending a four-month stint on crutches and in a cast in the wake of the severe Lisfranc sprain he suffered against Oregon State at Husky Stadium on Oct. 14, 2006. Despite sitting out the team's final five games, he still earned Husky MVP honors in his final season.

    At Garfield High School, Stanback received four votes in the Long Beach Press-Telegram's 2001 "Best in the West" poll. He was selected as one of just three blue chip players by the Seattle Times, becoming the first blue-chip quarterback since 1998 on that list. He was one of eight players named to the Tacoma News-Tribune "Northwest Nuggets" squad. He was also a member of the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" and earned All-KingCo Conference honors in 2001 and 2000.

    Stanback earned Prep Star and Super Prep All-America honors in 2001. He was a member of Prep Star's Top 125 Dream Team and was the No. 5 quarterback in the nation by Super Prep. He was the top-rated player in Super Prep's Washington 22 list and rated No. 14 among all quarterbacks nationally, fourth in the West Region, by Prep Star.

    As a senior, he passed for 1,628 yards and 12 touchdowns, adding more than 700 yards and nine scores rushing in 2001 for a 2-7 team. His passing total ranked second among Washington state Class 4A quarterbacks. He had his best game of 2001 against Inglemoor High, totaling 399 yards passing and three touchdowns. As a junior, he tallied 1,653 yards passing with 13 touchdowns. He also starred on the baseball diamond as an outfielder and competed as a sprinter in track.

    Stanback enrolled at Washington in 2002, spending the season competing on the scout team as a quarterback. He shifted to the receiving unit in 2003, seeing limited action in two games at quarterback while appearing in 11 contests. He completed both pass attempts for 18 yards and rushed eight times for 25 yards (3.1 avg.). He caught 10 passes for 143 yards (14.3 avg.) and returned eight kickoffs for 133 yards (16.6 avg.).

    As a sophomore in 2004, Stanback appeared in seven games, including four at quarterback, starting against Southern California. He totaled 389 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions on 23 of 68 attempts (33.8 percent.). He rushed 41 times for 66 yards (1.6 avg.) and a pair of scores, adding three yards on a reception.

    During the 2005 track season, he finished sixth at the West Regional meet at Brigham Young, missing an NCAA Championships berth by just .02 seconds. He ranked among Washington's all-time top-10 in the 100-meter dash (10.48, eighth) and 4x100-meter relay (40.07, seventh) outdoors, and the 60-meter dash (6.80, eighth) indoors. His 100-meter best ranks third all-time among Huskies football players who have competed in track (Ja'Warren Hooker, 10.18; Sterling Hinds, 10.27).

    Stanback took over quarterback duties in 2005, starting all 11 games. He completed 143 of 264 passes (54.2 percent) for 2,136 yards, the 15th-best season total in school history. He collected 353 yards with five scores on 100 carries (3.5 avg.) and totaled 2,489 yards, an average of 226.3 yards per game.

    After the 2005 football season, he rejoined the Washington track team until 2006 April football camp began. He finished fifth in the 100-meter dash at the 2006 Pac-10 Conference Finals and had his best time in the 100 (10.48) during the year. In June, he was selected in the 45th round of the 2006 MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

    On the football field, Stanback started the first seven games of the 2006 season before his right foot injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. He hit on 101 of 189 passes for 1,325 yards, 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He collected 350 yards with four scores on 88 rushing attempts (4.1 avg.). On 274 plays, he piled up 1,675 yards in total offense.

    In 36 games, Stanback appeared in 25 contests at quarterback, starting 19 times. He gained 3,868 yards with 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions on 269 of 523 passing (51.4 percent). He added 794 yards with 11 scores on 234 carries (3.4 avg.), adding 145 yards on 12 receptions (12.1 avg.) and returned eight kickoffs for 133 yards (16.6 avg.). On 794 plays, Stanback registered 4662 yards in total offense.


    Positives: (As a Quarterback) Has a tall, athletic frame with solid overall muscle tone, long arms, well-defined lower body with tapered thighs and knotted calves … Shows good mechanics in his three-step drop back from center to his throwing point, and has the nimble feet to step in and out of the pocket to avoid the rush … Delivers the ball quickly and shows good zip on his short throws … Is inconsistent with his accuracy, but has the arm strength to air the ball out … Shows good wrist flick to get the ball off with minimal weight transfer … Has the vision to recognize defensive coverage and retains plays well … Shows good courage stepping up in the pocket and gets valid yardage on designed running plays (has trouble with broken plays, though) … Has command in the huddle and makes good pre-snap calls … When given a chance to throw, he shows good zip on short-to-intermediate tosses … When he sets his feet properly, he is capable of hitting receivers in stride on deep throws … Adequate at scanning the field to locate secondary targets … Very effective scrambling with the ability to throw from either hashes when rolling out … Has the size to scan the field without having his site obstructed by defensive linemen and is an efficient scrambler with the loose hips and moves to make the initial tackler miss … Has the lower-body strength to break tackles and is effective at generating play-action to fool an unsuspecting defender.

    (As a Receiver) Athletic open-field runner with very good acceleration off the snap … Has the hand strength to defeat the press and shows good hand/eye coordination tracking the ball in flight … Maintains balance and body control throughout the route … Long strider who is quick to gain and eat up the defender's cushion … Efficient on linear routes, as he can keep his pads low and generate speed cuts to separate … Gets into position down field and is alert to boundaries … Able to extend and pluck the ball outside his frame … Maintains concentration competing for jump balls … Has the natural ball skills to adjust in his route and times his leaps well to get to the ball at its high point … With his second gear, he is capable of taking a short crossing route the distance … Effective in mirroring as a blocker.

    Negatives: (As a Quarterback) Needs to refine his foot work, as he is not consistent at setting his feet before throwing and sometimes hops driving back from center rather than striding … Has a bit of a hitch in his delivery that tends to throw his timing off … Relies too much on his feet, looking to bail often rather than sit in the pocket waiting for the play to develop … When he forces his throws on the move, he fails to set before firing, causing some of his passes to sail … Needs to learn how to vary the speed on his underneath throws (throws too hard for the receiver to catch the ball cleanly) … Showed improvement in 2006, but needs to look off his primary target quicker, as he is slow to make progression reads … His passing motion is affected when he fails to distribute his weight properly (will throw off his back foot) … Alert to defensive coverage, but will still force the ball into tight areas, especially when flushed out of the pocket (needs to throw the ball away more often) … At times, you have to question his vision, as he doesn't see the defenders who can impact the play … While he has good arm strength, he will revert to uncorking the ball rather than trying to feather it over the defender's head to the outside shoulder of his receiver.

    (As a Receiver): Shows good strength to defeat the jam, but will sometimes get so caught up in the battle, he fails to get a quick release to progress in the route … Seems to look the ball in well on deep throws, but his short-area routes need improvement (needs to get his head turned quicker) … Can adjust underneath, but needs to plant-and-drive better (takes some soft-angle cuts) … Courageous type, but shows some hesitation at times going for the ball in traffic.

    Compares To: (As a Quarterback) David Garrard, Jacksonville -- It is obvious that Stanback has the athletic talent to be a quarterback, but if he stays at this position he needs to improve his footwork driving back from center and must improve his delivery, as he is inconsistent with his arm slot and throws off his back foot too often … He will force the ball into bad areas on the field and his long ball lacks accuracy, but the arm strength is there.

    (As a Receiver): Brad Smith, New York Jets -- Like Smith, Stanback might find better success as a receiver at the next level … He has previous experience at this position, showing efficient route running technique and the speed to separate after the catch … He takes some soft-angle cuts and must learn when to time his moves in traffic, but he could bring quicker value as a slot receiver than as a quarterback.


    2002: Spent the year recovering from a March left shoulder labrum tear.

    2004: Suffered a high ankle sprain in the season opener vs. Fresno State, missing the next four games vs. UCLA, Notre Dame, Stanford and San Jose State.

    2006: Missed the end of the Arizona clash (Sept. 30) with a leg bruise … Missed the final five games of the season after suffering a right foot Lisfranc joint sprain/fracture in the fourth quarter of the Oregon State game (Oct. 14). Stanback underwent surgery and spent close to four months with his foot encased in a protective boot, as he was relegated to wearing a cast and walked on crutches.


    Campus: (Pre-Injury) … 4.58 in the 40-yard dash … 34½-inch vertical jump … 345-pound bench press … 32 1/8-inch arm length … 9-inch hands … Right-handed.

    Combine: Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times … Did not participate in agility or positional drills due to foot injury.

  9. BrAinPaiNt

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    Doug Free


    Regarded as one of the elite offensive tackles in college football, Free almost gave up football before his career ever began. In ninth grade at Lincoln High School, Free was going to walk away from the game to work at a dairy farm. "I was 15 years old, the job paid well and I loved what I was doing," he said. "I kind of had to be talked back to football. And it all worked out."

    It worked out in part because the 5-10, 155-pound freshman sprouted into a 6-5, 210-pound sophomore. That spurt, along with his farm work and weightlifting, pushed Free onto some college radars, but none of the major programs came calling.

    "There was talk with Wisconsin, the only I-A program in the state, about walking on as a freshman and maybe getting a scholarship as a sophomore," Free said. "North Dakota and North Dakota State had interest. So did Minnesota-Duluth, where my brother Nic played. And Northern Illinois showed a lot of interest."

    Once he saw the farms and fields surrounding NIU, Free quickly enrolled at the school.

    At Lincoln High School, Free lettered three times in football and was an honor-roll student. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel rated Free the ninth-best prospect in the state. The team captain and Defensive Lineman of the Year added first-team All-Fox Valley Conference accolades on offense and defense. He was a first-team Herald Times Reporter all-area and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel all-state choice.

    He led the team to a 7-3 record and a playoff berth; the team finished second in the league. Free recorded 64 tackles, eight sacks, seven blocked kicks, six forced fumbles, five pass deflections and two fumble recoveries as a defensive tackle in 2002. He also had six receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown as a tight end. As a junior, he added first-team All-FVC recognition.

    Free redshirted in 2002 at Northern Illinois and was penciled in as a reserve on the offensive line (third on the depth chart) entering 2003 fall camp. Free became the starter after a tragic event in which Shea Fitzgerald was killed with 12 others in the collapse of a back porch during a party in Lincoln Park. "I still have trouble talking about that," Free said.

    Fitzgerald's tragic departure cleared the way for Free. Ever since starting the 2003 opener, a 20-13 victory against Maryland, he became a fixture at left tackle. He also became the bodyguard for All-American tailback Garrett Wolfe over his next 49 consecutive starts.

    Free registered 40 knockdowns in 2003. The following season, the sophomore All-American third-team and second-team All-Mid American Conference choice participated in 878 total snaps (806 on offense and 72 on placement kick unit) in 12 starts. He lined up at left tackle for the first 10 games before shifting to tight end. He led the offensive line with a 91 percent blocking grade and 17 flat-back blocks. He also finished fourth on the team with 67 knockdowns.

    As a junior in 2005, Free was named first-team All-MAC, as he again graded 91 percent for blocking consistency. He was also nominated for MAC All-Academic and CoSIDA District V All-Academic honors with 3.24 grade-point average as an Industrial Technology major. He made 49 knockdowns and 13 flat-back blocks while seeing action in 806 plays.

    Free earned first-team All-MAC accolades in 2006. He was a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation's Draddy Award, honoring combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community service, and received "Halfway All-American" recognition by CBS SportsLine.com at the season's midpoint.

    Free registered 59 knockdowns and 10 flat-backs, but he struggled with health issues all year. He was bothered by a groin pull in fall camp, and then suffered a right foot stress fracture when his leg was stepped on in the season opener vs. Ohio State. He played in the next two games before telling trainers of the injury, and the fracture was then treated. He was forced to attend classes wearing a boot to protect the foot. This limited his range and quickness on the field. His season would come to a sad end when he allowed two sacks and three stops behind the line of scrimmage in his final game, vs. Texas Christian in the Poinsettia Bowl.

    NIU head coach Joe Novak recently praised Free, saying, "No question, Doug has the talent to play on Sundays. Knock on wood, I believe he's going to be a first-round draft pick. Doug Free's a lot better athlete than Ryan Diem. (Free) can run! You just don't see many offensive linemen that can run at that size like he can. What's impressive is he'll sit back in pass protection and then we'll throw the ball down the field and he'll run down field and block a safety. I mean, get downfield! You just don't see kids who can do that. He's special. Our kids call him 'Doug Freak' because he runs so well."


    Positives: Has a thick upper body with wide hips and thighs, with room to add at least another 15-20 pounds with no loss in his impressive quickness (5.09 40-yard dash) … Very agile for a player his size and possesses very good lower-body weight-room numbers (565-pound squat, 350-pound power clean) … Shows good flexibility on the move and demonstrates good knee bend in his kick slide … Hard worker in practices and the training room who will do the little extras to improve … Well-liked by the team and staff, taking pride in his leadership role … Has a good understanding of blocking schemes and is alert to twists and games … Slides out with good quickness and arms extending to defeat the edge rush … Does a nice job adjusting to action working in space, coming off the ball with good urgency … Hardly ever in a position of disadvantage and uses his long arms to reach and seal … Can set quickly in the short area and has the feet to mirror moves in one-on-one situations … More of a finesse/position and sustain type of blocker, but has the quickness and movement skills to fire off the snap on pulls and traps … Effective at reaching or turning the defender in when he keeps good hand placement … Pulls with good speed and can locate and land in space … Does an excellent job of seeking out the linebackers and gets downfield in a hurry, taking good angles to neutralize … Has the speed to cut, wall off and force the chase path by the defender … Has good leg drive and anchor to hold off the pass rusher and even when he over-sets, he recovers quickly … Has better slide and lateral agility moving to the outside than redirecting inside, but can handle quickness when he moves his feet to mirror.

    Negatives: More of a finesse type who likes to use his body to lean and push the defender, lacking the upper-body strength to punch and shock with his hands … Has good speed, but won't explode into the opponent, preferring to reach and grab … Needs to improve his lower-body strength and must get more aggressive in his handling of the bull rusher (can be pushed back into the pocket) … Better pass protector than run blocker; he is slow to recover bringing his feet when redirecting inside … Gets too narrow in his base at times and needs to be more consistent in his attempts to gain leverage … Gets good hand placement, but you would hope he would shoot his hands with more pop on contact … Good at the reach and scoop, but must work harder to gain advantage in attempts to seal off … Must also stay on his blocks longer (gets off too quick; he tries to locate other people to hit) … Might be a better fit at guard early in his career to cover up upper-body strength issues (especially vs. the bull rush).

    Compares To: Adam Meadows, Denver -- In his prime with the Colts, Meadows was an athletic mover and good finesse blocker. Free possesses the same quickness, reach and second-level blocking ability. Some compare him to former NIU blocker Ryan Diem, but he is a much better athlete with quicker feet. Free needs to improve his hand punch and bulk up if he wants to play left tackle at the next level. With his quickness and lateral agility, he might have better success as a pulling guard.

  10. BouncingCheese

    BouncingCheese Stay out of my Bidness

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    Why did we draft another fullback that can't catch passes? ***?? At least he is explosive to the line.
  11. Ben_n_austin

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  12. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Hog Heaven pick next year gives me hope!
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    Were you guys satisfied with the pics?
  14. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Grade: A-

    Cowboys draft Anthony Spencer and a possible top 10 2008 first round pick for the cost of a 3rd and 5th round pick. This is an A+ right off the bat. With Ellis aging and coming of a serious injury. The absolute best pick they could have made.

    Now, I have a few problems with our 2nd round pick. (53rd overall) First, I thought they should have tried to move up and take Chris Houston. The Falcons did. While Newman and Henry would still be the starters next season, Houston would be the starting CB probably in 2008. While the Cowboys may have tried to do this. Since it did not happen, I thought the Cowboys should select Ryan Kalil center out of USC. This guy can be a immediate starter and has pro-bowl potential. Well, we don't need a starter, but we don't have a backup for Gurode either! (nor did we sign or draft a center the entire draft) This guy would have been a great backup, trade bait, or even replace Gurode allowing Gurode to be traded. That didn't happen either. Well, when I saw the trade happen with the Browns, I wasn't happy due to the center deal. When I saw the Browns take Eric Wright with the pick I was very unhappy. At the time it didn't even ocurr to me that we could have taken Wright.

    Eric Wright is probably has the best physical tools of all the CBs in the draft. (Yes, better than Hall, Ross, Revis, and Houston) His problem was he had the worst character issues of anyone in the draft. To take him would have been hedging your bets, but it's one that could really payoff. By paying off I mean that absolute steal of the draft.

    Instead we traded back and lost out of two very good prospects at needed positions. I'm not happy.

    James Marten: I'm on the ropes about this guy. He has alot that looks good, but many questions about important parts of his game. He is a offensive tackle and is very limited laterally. He had trouble in college, the NFL is going to tear him a new one. Beyond that, he looks very good and as noted is a nasty player. (Erik Williams anybody?)

    Isaiah Standback: Drafted as a receiver. I'm on the fence with this guy. He doesn't have great speed. (4.6 40), but he has some size at 6'3 216lbs. He could also be an option with trick plays. (end around option?) They say he runs good routes. As I said, I'm on the fence.

    Doug Free: I like this pick. Obvisouly the Cowboys don't have any intention on bringing Flozell Adams back next year and thats why we are drafting all the offensive tackles. Of course, you can never go wrong drafting offensive tackles in my book. I like this pick.

    Nick Folk: Phillips said they drafted him because he can kick the ball with alot of power. The Cowboys arn't sold on Gramatica so this is competition. Folk has holes in his game, but this wasn't a bad pick either.

    Deon Anderson: I love this pick! This guy is Ryan Fowler's replacement not to mention he is probably better on special teams that Fowler. This guy plays with an intensity rarely matched. (See the movie Rudy) There were stories about his life growing up around here. (went to school at UConn) Very interesting. I'm already sold on this guy. He will make the team.

    Courtney Brown: Nickel back. The position, not the group. :) If he is able to develop into a starting cornor, it won't be in the next year or two. Becoming a gym rat; could test at free safety with a little more size.

    Alan Ball: Just another CB selection. I don't see him making the team.
  15. Cogan

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    Rd 7 - 212 - Courtney Brown CB, Cal-Poly

    BIOGRAPHY: Former receiver who started in the defensive backfield the past three years. All-Conference selection as a senior after posting 51/1/7. Junior totals were 44/7/12.

    POSITIVES: Nice-sized, instinctive cornerback with solid ball skills. Fluid transitioning to run with opponents, quickly reads the action and has a nice break to the ball. Displays good hands for the interception and has been a game changer in the past.

    NEGATIVES: Marginal playing speed and gets beaten deep. Better facing the action and struggles with his back to the ball.

    ANALYSIS: Offering solid size, Brown could fit in as a dime back for a zone defense.


    I don't know what they're smoking at SI, but that is not at all the info I got on Brown. Here is his bio from NFL.com:

    Campus: 4.32 in the 40-yard dash … 2.48 20-yard dash … 1.46 10-yard dash … Bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times … 4.07 20-yard shuttle … 7.1 three-cone drill … 41½-inch vertical jump … 10-foot-11 broad jump … 32½-inch arm length … 9½-inch hands … Right-handed.

    Any CB with a 4.32 40 & a 42 vertical sounds like a gifted player who has the chance to be something special. I look for him to compete for the starting job opposite TNew, not just a nickel player. This guy could very well have gone in the 3-4 rd. area. NFL.com compares his size, speed, and ability to Chris McAlister. I'll take that any day of the week.
  16. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    A couple of things.

    Stanback's speed on the site you got it from is wrong. Including the information I posted in the additional write ups.

    His speed is in the 4.3 to 4.4 range. He said in an interview that he has NEVER been a 4.6 guy.

    I agree in principle about taking a backup center. Kalil may be the best but I also think we should have taken one later in the draft and not where you wanted to take him.
    I was actually thinking of players like Dustin Fry and Dough Datish as the type of players lower in the rounds to look at concerning centers.
    Why...because I figured it would cost less after spending so much on Gurode at this point and they could grow into being good players. Kalil I think would cost more than they would want for a backup center at that spot.

    Why is it ok for taking Marten at that spot instead...well I think that we have Flozell in his contract year and Columbo in a 2 year day so we have the possibility that one or both of them will be gone in the next 1 to 2 years compared to having Gurode locked up longer.

    Update...It appears, if what I read is correct, that we signed Florida center Steve Rissler.

    Sounds like a utility man, nothing special...destined backup.

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    Wulfman Unofficial GM

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  18. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Backwoods Sexy Staff Member

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    Yes I seen it in a Undrafted FA thread someone had up earlier.

    BTW, Good to see you, been some time.:starspin
  19. Ben_n_austin

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    Nice to see you, too, Mr. Paint.
  20. speedkilz88

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    It was reported either on Talkin Cowboys or theticket that the Cowboys scouts thought that Kalil was a "blown up" 300 pounder, sounds like they feel he will have the same trouble as Al Johnson.

    It was also mentioned by Jerry before the draft that certain "character" players had been taken off their board. Imo, Wright was one of them. I know that McClain here in the Houston area said that this guy has more skeletons than is being reported.

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