DT Khalen Saunders

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  1. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    I think DT Khalen Saunders might be underrated.

    NFL.com #117
    CBS #94
    Scouts Inc. #135

    He is very quick, especially at 324 pounds.

    He had a good showing for Senior Bowl week.

    Despite his weight, I think he would make a good 3-tech. He might even be able to drop a few pounds and play at around 315-320 which would make him even quicker.

    It would be good to add more size at the 3-tech DT spot. The Cowboys already have multiple tweener DT/Strong-Side DE types like Crawford (6-4, 290), Hyder (6-3, 270) and Taco (6-6, 270).

    Saunders has a good "motor" but does get fatigued at times. He played a high percentage of snaps in college, but in the Marinelli rotation, fatigue wouldn't be a problem.

    His performance measurable(s) at the combine were very good.

    On the downside, he is short 6'-3/8" with 32-1/8" arms (average DL arm length was 33-3/8").

    His times and Vert compare well to some lighter weight players at the combine.

    His 10-yard and 3-cone times were impressive for a 324 pound player.


    HT WT Player
    6003 324 Khalen Saunders
    6032 315 Christian Wilkins
    6026 308 Trysten Hill
    6030 303 Quinnen Williams
    6022 283 L.J. Collier

    Forty Player
    4.83 Quinnen Williams
    4.91 L.J. Collier
    5.01 Khalen Saunders
    5.04 Christian Wilkins
    5.04 Trysten Hill

    10yard Player
    1.67 Quinnen Williams
    1.73 Khalen Saunders
    1.74 Trysten Hill
    1.75 L.J. Collier
    1.76 Christian Wilkins

    3-cone Player
    7.57 Khalen Saunders
    7.70 Trysten Hill
    7.71 L.J. Collier
    DNP Quinnen Williams
    DNP Christian Wilkins

    Vert Player
    35.0 Trysten Hill
    30.5 Quinnen Williams
    30.0 L.J. Collier
    30.5 Khalen Saunders
    29.5 Christian Wilkins
     
  2. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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  4. kskboys

    kskboys Well-Known Member

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    Khalen is my pet cat. I think he'll be a disruptive NFL player.
     
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  5. Keithfansince5

    Keithfansince5 Well-Known Member

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    I agree. Saunders has been my guy since I saw him in the Senior Bowl. He does back flips too. We need a guy like this. A bowling ball that is hard to move. Alas, we have Marrinelli who will refuse to take a guy like this. He likes tall lanky guys who are quick but get pushed all over the place. Oh well......
     
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  6. NorthwestDallas40

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    I dont think we draft DL with short arms. It's a huge metric for our FO.
     
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  7. Kolemmitt

    Kolemmitt Well-Known Member

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    You are right, but I hope that Woods, who was arguably our best DT last year, may have changed his mind a bit.

    I like this guy, Hill, Mack. Big guys that can move.
     
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  8. Beaker42

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    For me, it goes Mack, Saunders, Huggins, Hull in that order.
     
  9. beware_d-ware

    beware_d-ware Well-Known Member

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    Rule of thumb for Dallas is that early in the draft, they like Power 5 players with top-level athleticism that they've had a top 30 visit with.

    Saunders is a pretty darn good athlete, but D-2 guys aren't our style and he hasn't come by the Star. So I don't see us really picking him.

    Reading the tea leaves, I think our pick at #58 is going to be a safety. Thornhill, Abram, and Garnder have all come on a visit, and they all fit the mold we like for prospects.
     
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  10. Cowboys1fan

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    He’s got 1 tech size to be honest. Little big for a 3tech
     
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  11. morasp

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    I think Daniel Wise is another one to keep an eye on later on if we don't get one early. They had him in for Dallas day and we do have that Kansas connection.
     
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  12. DanA

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    I always manipulate my mocks to get this guy. No.1 pet cat status for me
     
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  13. cnuball21

    cnuball21 Well-Known Member

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    I like him as a nickel rusher, but not sure he has the power to hold the POA at the next level.

    I’d consider him in the 3rd and beyond.
     
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  14. Beaker42

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    To be fair, WIU is a Division I school for football but they’re in the FCS for non-P5 schools.
     
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  15. Hennessy_King

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    I think this is very stupid but so is our FO so makes sense.
     
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  16. kskboys

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    Who is Huggins? I don't see him anywhere.
     
  17. kskboys

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    Maybe in the 6th/7th
     
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  18. morasp

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    I hope we do pick up a sixth round pick but he's usually gone by round 7.
     
  19. Beaker42

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    Clemson DT - RKG too
     
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  20. LatinMind

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    short, short arms, and 324lbs. I dont understand why people hope for players opposite of what the team uses.
     

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