Draft Day Target: OT Jordan Gross

There's little doubt that the Cowboys need to sure up their offensive line situation headed into the 2003 season. Today, we take a hard look at Utah's Jordan Gross, considered by most experts to be the top offensive lineman available in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Jordan Gross is considered by most experts to be the top offensive tackle available in the 2003 Draft- and there's little reason to indicate anything otherwise.

Gross stands in at just over 6-feet, 4-inches tall, weighs right at 310 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 5 seconds flat.

"He's a big, powerful run blocking tackle that's been extremely productive three years running," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline.

"He sets with a wide base, bends his knees and quick off the mark into his blocks or when setting in pass protection. Immediately gets his hands into the opponent, works them hard, displaying jolt and punch extending his arms."

Gross was a three-year starter at Utah after seeing limited action with the first team as a freshman in 1999. He was selected as an All-Conference selection as a senior after winning honorable mention All-League honors in each of the previous two seasons.

Utah's Jordan Gross graded out at over 90% during his college career and was named as an All-Conference performer during his senior season.
He also was an All-Academic choice every season since his sophomore campaign and he played every position on the offensive line but center during his collegiate career.

Intrestingly enough, Gross has already been identified by new head coach Bill Parcells as one his favorite linemen available this year.

In fact, one source at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis earlier this month hinted that Parcells watched Gross like a hawk during his workout there.

"I'd think it's safe to say that Bill Parcells came away impressed with what he saw that day," said the source in a recent interview with CowboyUpdate.com.

"Parcells and Raiders' owner Al Davis stayed together for quite some time in Indy, but both did nothing but rave about Jordan Gross. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Cowboys get him somewhere in the first round," added the source.

For Gross, the former Utah Ute thinks he still has some work to do, but his technique is what sets him apart from most other linemen available in this year's draft.

"I definitely would say my technique is my top strength right now," said Gross. "I'm developed physically. I'm not a huge guy, but I'm not small by any means. Also, I hustle when I'm on the field. I look to block linebackers down the field and stuff like that."

NFL Draft expert Tony Pauline agrees.

"He's a solid tackle prospect who can start on the weakside and perhaps grow into a strong side blocker," added Pauline.

"He may not have the great upside potential, more of a 'what you see-what you get' type of player who should be able to come in and start for a team midway through his rookie campaign."

Considering the Cowboys problems on the offensive line last year, sounds like Jordan Gross could be the perfect fit in Dallas next season.

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