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With their final pick in the 2010 draft, the Cowboys picked up a defensive tackle from William and Mary named Sean Lissemore. Not knowing anything about Lissemore, I used my “insider” subscription at ESPN.com to learn more. Turns out that ESPN doesn’t know much more than me, except that he was projected as a free agent prospect.
The best scouting report I could find came from a Jacksonville Jaguars blog. Here is the summary:
One of the more popular of the William & Mary recruits is defensive tackle Sean Lissemore. Lissemore has to be one of the only, if not the only, defensive tackle to enter a draft as a former track star in high school. His 11.20 seconds in the 100m made him one of the best sprinters in New Jersey. A high school linebacker at 6’3, 240 pounds, Lissemore has since gained 50+ pounds yet managed to keep his linebacker speed. His 4.83 40 yard dash would have placed him among the fastest DTs at the combine if he had received an invite.
With all that speed, the next, logical step is to question his strength. His 36 reps on the bench press would have earned him third amongst the defensive lineman at the combine. His 30 inch vertical is very respectable for anybody near the 300 pound weight range. Clearly Lissemore is an athlete with the necessary NFL measurables.
At 298 pounds, Lissemore is not the big nose guard that many Cowboys fans want. It is possible, though, that he could continue to get bigger.
The Cowboys added another defensive back in the 6th round by taking Texas Tech CB Jamal Wall in the 6th round. With Alan Ball slated to be the team’s free safety, the Cowboys are left with Orlando Scandrick and Cletis Gordon as the top backup corners. Wall should provide some depth should things work out.
Here is his summary from CBS Sports:
One of the more underrated players at his position, Wall was named second-team all-conference after he made 58 tackles, intercepted two passes, broke up 15 others, and forced two fumbles.
Wall had very similar numbers with five interceptions and six pass breakups as a sophomore. As a true freshman he contributed primarily on special teams, but stepped in because of injuries to deflect two passes.
Wall is a good athlete who had a storied high school career where he ran for over 2,000 yards in both his junior and senior seasons.
Though a bit shorter than scouts prefer, Wall’s stocky build, athleticism, aggressive play and sure tackling make him a potential starting zone corner in the NFL and worthwhile Saturday draft pick.
The guy can apparently hit. Or at the least, he could hit Jake Sharp of Kansas:
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.
The Cowboys have had their chances to draft a tackle, given that Maryland’s Bruce Campbell did not go until the fourth round. However, the Cowboys (as is more typical than their pick of Dez Bryant) snagged to defensive players in the second and fourth rounds.
Sean Lee, LB, Penn State
Lee is supposed to provide depth this year at inside linebacker. At the worst, he may be a long-term replacement for Bobby Carpenter as a backup and as a special teams player. If things work out, Lee could eventually replace Keith Brooking.
The Cowboys picked up linebackers Jason Williams and Victor Butler last year, and if Williams shows development, Carpenter may be may be out.
Here is more on Lee.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB/S, Indiana (Pa.).
The Cowboys will apparently attempt to convert Owusu-Ansah to safety, and if so, the team has addressed one if its big needs. He is also a good returner and could take over duties on kickoff return.
Here is more on Owusu-Ansah.
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The Cowboys have three more picks, including two sixth round picks and a seventh. If the Cowboys take a tackle with one of these picks, here are some options:
Selvish Capers, West Virginia (awesome name)
Kyle Calloway, Iowa
Ciron Black, LSU
[Update: Okay, so these names were way off. The Cowboys took Notre Dame’s Sam Young]
There have been rumors on the past few weeks that receiver Dez Bryant could fall to the Cowboys in the draft, even though the Cowboys held the 27th overall pick. The chances were along the lines of a snowball’s chance in hell, given that the Cowboys still need to sign Miles Austin to a long-term deal and still have the costly bust known as Roy Williams.
Rumors that the Cowboys would move up to take safety Earl Thomas were more believable, but those rumors were largely squashed by team sources last night. By the time the 24th pick (held by the Patriots) came up, Bryant was still there. The Cowboys exchanged the #27 (1st round) and #90 (3rd round) picks for the Patriots’ picks at #24 and #119 (4th round).
It will be very interesting to see how the Cowboys handle the using the trio of Austin, Bryant, and Williams, along with other returning receivers and the Jason Witten. This, of course, assumes that the team keeps Williams, who told ESPN:
“If all goes well, not trying to talk noise, but if all goes well, we’ll have the best wide receiving corps in the league. Dez is a big dude, he can play. He will help us win some ballgames.”
Here are some of Bryant’s Oklahoma State highlights:
Fair to say that he catches the ball in traffic pretty well. I think this is a great move.