Draft Day Target: CB Antrel Rolle

The Cowboys need help in the secondary, and Antrel Rolle is one of the top prospects available in the 2005 NFL Draft. <BR>

The 2005 NFL Draft is one that holds a lot of promise for the Dallas Cowboys.

For starters, the Cowboys have multiple first round picks this year, so the possibilities are limitless. With Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells working together, usually some sort of storyline emerges with the team's first three selections.

And of course, this year, the Cowboys continue to have several positions that need to be addressed either via the draft or free agency.

From the defensive line, to the secondary, to wide receiver, to even quarterback - there are plenty of areas on the team where the Cowboys could improve their current standing.

However, one of the most glaring needs from this past season has to be at cornerback, where the loss of Mario Edwards ended up hurting this team much more than anyone could have ever anticipated.

The stats tell the story.

The Cowboys went from leading the league in total defense in 2003, to 16th in the league this past season. Part of that drop was due to the fact that the secondary was vulnerable to the deep ball and in the red zone, where the team gave up a mind-boggling 31 touchdowns through the air.

"Rolle will be selected very early in the process in April, but pre-draft workouts will dictate whether or not he is chosen during the initial five selections," said NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline.
Looking ahead to potential draft day targets that could help solve some of these defensive problems next season, SilverStarDigest takes a look at the top corner available in the 2005 NFL Draft in Miami (Fla) CB Antrel Rolle.

Rolle, who stands in at 6-feet tall, weighs 202 pounds, and runs a legitimate 4.48 forty yard dash, is the top ranked cornerback is the top ranked cornerback in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Rolle garnered first team All-ACC honors this past season when he recorded 66 tackles and one interception.

"Rolle is a nice sized corner with top man-cover skills," notes NFL Draft Expert Tony Pauline.

"He's a heady ball player that does a solid job leading the secondary. He jams opponents at the line of scrimmage, slowing their release off the snap, and is physical in all aspects of the game. He's also strong enough to get off blocks and support the run."

"Rolle keeps the action in front of him and is quick arriving on the on the scene. He has solid footwork moving in reverse and possesses an excellent break on the ball as well as timing," adds Pauline.

Simply put, if there's a team out there looking for a true cornerback, there's not a better one available this year, than Antrel Rolle. He's an outstanding press-cover corner, and he offers a tremendous upside for the next level. The question now becomes, is Rolle a realistic option for the Cowboys when the team goes on the clock for its first pick?

Keep in mind if the draft were to be held today, the Cowboys first selection would come with the 11th overall pick.

"Rolle will be selected very early in the process in April, but pre-draft workouts will dictate whether or not he is chosen during the initial five selections," said Pauline.

In other words, if the Cowboys are going to target Rolle as one of their top players on the board, they'll likely have to move up to get him.

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