Cowboys Claim Badger Blocker

Teams that draft an offensive lineman from the University of Wisconsin generally have an idea of what they're going to get, even before breaking out the first game film.

The Badgers are notorious for producing big, powerful, brawler-style linemen who pave the way for a prolific Wisconsin offense that traditionally features a potent rushing attack.

The Dallas Cowboys tapped into the mine of Badger offensive linemen Saturday when they selected center Bill Nagy with their second pick in the seventh round of the draft (a compensatory), the 252nd overall selection in the draft. In doing so, they almost had to rely on what they believe they're getting, since evidence has been pretty sparse recently.

Nagy stands nearly 6-foot-3 and has weighed as much as 318 pounds. He is credited with a time of 5.05 in the 40-yard dash, which is excellent for a player around the 300-pound mark. But his contributions to the UW offense go beyond the raw numbers.

Nagy is what is expected of Wisconsin linemen: he's big, powerful and tough. He also has played all over the line, including guard, center and even tight end in certain "jumbo" packages (he started twice at center, and the rest of the games at guard; the tight end appearances were situational). So proficient are the Badgers at cranking out quality offensive linemen that they had six earn some level of all-conference honors in 2010. The performance was made more impressive by the fact that Nagy sat out most of the 2009 season after a scooter accident forced him to undergo wrist surgery and left him with torn ligaments in his foot.

Nagy is a tough player who plays with what one coach called "controlled aggression." He is the third offensive lineman selected in the 2011 draft by the Cowboys, who broke tradition and spent their first-round pick on USC tackle Tyron Smith and later selected Missouri State guard David Arkin.

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