6th Round: Cowboys Pick Up a Tackle
The Cowboys addressed the tackle position in the 6th round by taking Notre Dame tackle Sam Young. At 6’8″, 320 pounds, he has the size. However, at least one site says that he can’t play left tackle.
Too big to be very effective blocking in the open field and on the second level. Doesn’t have the quickness or athleticism to play left tackle. Sometimes plays too upright, loses leverage and allows rushers to walk him back. Loses control at times and drew a number of personal fouls this season, something which must be tempered.
Here is more on Young from Notre Dame’s site:
Notre Dame’s top returning offensive lineman enters his final season with the possibility of setting the school record for most starts in a career … has started all 38 games of his career and is the only Notre Dame offensive lineman to have started every game since his freshman year … became the first Irish offensive lineman to make his debut as a freshman in the season opener since freshmen regained eligibility in 1972 … veteran leader of the offense has more starts under his belt than any other player on the roster … started 28 games at right tackle and 10 games at left tackle in his career … started the first 15 games at Notre Dame at right tackle and started all 13 games in 2008 on the right side as well … one of four returning starters on the offensive line in 2009 … selected to Phil Steele’s preseason All-America second team in 2009 … ranked by Steele as the fourth-best offensive tackle in the country … Lindy’s tabbed him the seventh-best offensive tackle in 2009 preseason … key reason why Steele ranked Notre Dame’s offensive line as the fifth-best in the country.