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Call me crazy but I am starting to think its going to be Spencer for us, probably after a trade down, but I could see him at 22 even though a lot of mocks have him going in round 2. I did not see him play this year but the highlight film is impressive, and you cant argue with the numbers this guy put up at Purdue. 155 tackles, 21 sacks, 44 TFL, and an impressive 11 forced fumbles. He's heavier, stronger and slightly faster than Jarvis Moss, with much more impressive stats. Combine that with the fact that Joe Thomas is quoted as saying Spencer gave him more trouble than any other DE in his time at Wisconsin sounds good to me. Also found this interesting quote from his NFL.com scouting report.
"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."
We all know who coached Phillips opposite Merriman.
I know what i'll hear but..but..what about Carp, what about 3 LB's in 3 first rounds, and to an extent I agree. I'm not saying that i'm 100% for the guy, only that I like him, and I think Jerry and Wade do as well.
Oh and you can play all three at one time, there are plenty of ways to do it, early in the year Carp could play outside on first and second down, and inside on third replacing Bradie, with Spencer playing outside or with his hand on the ground on 3rd down/obvious passing downs.
I fully agree with Parcells that you can never, ever have too many pressure players on your team, and I betcha Wade can find a way to get plenty of PT for both of em.
Steve D. in Jackson, Miss. with the obligatory Cowboys question: Matt, have you confirmed with Jerry Jones who the Cowboys will select at No. 22? And how much say will Wade Phillips have?
Mosley: Steve, Jerry usually waits until the Friday before the draft to fill me in, but I do have a general idea of what he's planning to do. Unless someone falls into their laps, the Cowboys will attempt to trade out of the first round and secure another pick in the second. There's a feeling across the league that the talent in the first round starts to fall dramatically about halfway through, and that's why Jones will probably be looking for a trading partner.
In recent weeks, the club has zeroed in on Miami safety Brandon Meriweather and Purdue defensive end/linebacker Anthony Spencer. Several former Big 10 offensive linemen have told the Cowboys that Spencer was the toughest player they had to block. The reason he might be available early in the second round is that he didn't have much production until his senior season, when he had 10½ sacks.
DeMarcus Ware and an aging Greg Ellis are the Cowboys' only consistent pass-rushers, so Phillips could use Spencer. And don't rule out Florida defensive end Jarvis Moss, who could be converted to linebacker. Jones loves signing local kids, and Moss played at nearby Denton Ryan High School.
Interesting statement by Mosley...this is about the tenth trade down source I have scene.
There continue to be rumblings that a few teams have inquired about the availability of Dallas starter Julius Jones, who has rushed for 2,896 yards in three seasons and is coming off a 2006 campaign in which he posted a career-best 1,084 yards. It's not the first time such rumors have surrounded Jones, with talk before last year's draft that he might be swapped to the New York Jets. Jones is a tough, pinball-style runner, but there are concerns about his long-term durability. And while backup Marion Barber III hasn't yet carried more than 150 times in a season, the suspicion is that some Dallas officials feel he is ready to take over the No. 1 role.