Cowboys' 2009 Draft Priorities: Tight End

CowboysPrideContributor IApril 19, 2009

Last and probably least, we come to the TEs in this draft class.

I wouldn't have thought the Boys would be particularly interested in tight ends this time around, but they have demonstrated some level of interest in the likes of James Casey from Rice, Anthony Hill from North Carolina State, and John Phillips from Virginia, so maybe they're in the market after all (or maybe they're just practicing due diligence).

If they do draft a TE this year, my hunch is that it will be a blocking type TE rather than a receiver. I say that because Witten, Bennett, and Hannah are more receiving types than pure blockers.

As a result, while I ordinarily look for TEs who can run a 4.7 40 or better, I'm willing to relax that to about a 4.8 for a really good blocker. On the other hand, I won't be looking for smallish TEs, I want them to weigh at least 245 pounds, and 260 would be better.

Second Round

James Casey, TE, Rice, 6' 3", 245 Pounds, 4.7 Second 40

To be honest, I don't understand why the Boys would be interested in any TE likely to go this high, especially not one who's more of a receiving threat than a blocking threat, but Casey has unusual athleticism, and can pose opposing defenses a variety of problems, up to and including apparently being able to run the Wildcat.

So, even though I don't see TE as a big need, I'd be content with Casey at pick 51.

Sixth Round

Dan Gronkowski, TE, Maryland, 6' 6", 255 pounds, 4.75 second 40

With a name like Gronkowski, you just know he's got to be hard-nosed, and he is.

Anthony Hill, TE, North Carolina State, 6' 5", 260 pounds, 4.8 second 40

Hill is more the blocking type TE that I'm looking for.

John Phillips, TE, Virginia, 6' 6", 260 pounds, 4.75 second 40

I'm a UVa fan, so I'm always in favor of adding a Cav or two.

Priority Undrafted Rookie Free Agents

Carson Butler, TE, Michigan, 6' 5", 260 pounds, 4.75 second 40

The Wolverines moved him to DE his senior year, suggesting he's pretty physical.

John Nalbone, TE, Monmouth, 6' 4", 250, 4.65 second 40

Just to give Miles Austin a homeboy on the roster, LOL.


Clearly, if the Boys want to add a lead blocker out of the backfield, there will be some options on the board late in the draft.

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