Cowboys Select G Justin Bates

The Dallas Cowboys took Colorado guard Justin Bates with their first 7th round selection Sunday afternoon. Bates is a four year starter who played extensively at tackle and saw limited action at guard. All-Conference selection as a senior.

Four year starter who played extensively at tackle and saw limited action at guard. All-Conference selection as a senior.

Name: Justin Bates School: Colorado Year: 5Sr

Ht: 6-4 Wt: 300 40: 5.41 Pos: T

Bio: Four year starter who played extensively at tackle and saw limited action at guard. All-Conference selection as a senior.

Positive: Hard working blocker best on the inside. Works to bend his knees, jolts opponents with his hands and displays pop at the point of attack. Sets with a wide base, strong inhis upper body and stays square, keeping defenders in front of him. Looks to help out and turns opponents off the line.

Negative: Immobile, struggles in space and lacks lateral range. Minimal skills on the second level and best in confined quarters.

Analysis: Productive and durable college lineman who must improve his overall body strength to have a serious shot of making it at the next level.

High School: As a senior, he earned PrepStar All-America honors, as he was a member of the Big 12 Region's Super 30 and the No. 4 offensive lineman in the area by the publication. SuperPrep tabbed him as both a pre- and postseason all-American, listing him as the No. 29 O-lineman overall in the nation. A member of the prestigious Tacoma News-Tribune's Western 100 list, while Student Sports selected him as a preseason all-state performer, First Down Recruiting ranked him as the No. 8 best player overall in Colorado and the National Recruiting Advisor selected him on its All-Big 12 Area team.

Personal: Born Sept. 20, 1979 in Lansing, Mich. Hobbies include skiing, golf and video games, as well as making slot cars, which he builds and races. He enjoys working with children, as he is a volunteer at the Children's Museum in Denver and has been a volunteer coach for Pop Warner football and a little league roller hockey team. He also volunteers for educational programs, including National Reading Day and CU's Read with the Buffs.

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