4th Round: QB Isaiah Stanback

Isaiah StanbackAfter signing Brad Johnson and Brock Berlin during the offseason, the Cowboys went for the athlete at the quarterback spot by taking Isaiah Stanback with their first of two fourth round picks (102nd overall).

Here is a highlight clip from the Huskies’ win over Fresno State last season:

Here is more about Stanback:


Pro Football Weekly: Is a truly outstanding athlete. Very fast with the ball in his hands. Better than expected throwing mechanics. Studies the game. Was very inconsistent throwing the ball with many streaks of inaccuracy. Has a great deal of innate ability buy may not be a quarterback at the professional level. As a passer he is far from a lost cause but will require a great deal of individual coaching, refinement and patience.

Street and Smith’s: Instinctive. Strong arm; able to make all the throws, including the deep outs and go routes. Able to create if the play breaks down. Shows the ability to lead and manage an offense. Will need to improve footwork and mechanics. Needs to avoid locking on to a primary receiver. Is a special athlete. Improved in accuracy throughout his career.


Well, the template of on-again/off-again passer athletes has been the fourth round (Michael Robinson, Brad Smith). I’m gonna be bold and say he’s a fourth rounder.


I like Stanbeck’s NFL potential. He’s a productive athlete with good size and is a late bloomer as a quarterback. For whatever reason projects like Stanbeck keep making it in the NFL and I think he’ll work his way into a solid career.

The question will be whether it’s at quarterback or as a returnman/receiver/special teamer. Most teams will probably give him a shot at quarterback but if they’re impatient and/or lack many quality athletes by necessity he may end up doing other things. I’d like to think he can stick it as a quarterback after some third string, practice squad or NFL Europe work, but I’m not a coach with a job on the line so I hunch he won’t be a quarterback for long. Humbug.

3rd Round Pick: OT James Marten

James MartenThe Cowboys used their 3rd round pick from Cleveland to take Boston College tackle James Marten. Here is the overview on him:

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.

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