Cowboys Checking Out Linemen

More scouts were present at today's East-West Shrine Game practice and a pair of head coaches were also present. Today featured physical practices with a lot of hitting. Undoubtedly, it gave scouts added information with which to work as the week builds up to tomorrows weigh ins and a joint practice. <BR>

No player has hurt themselves more than Pete McMahon.  Scouts from one team have definitely removed him from their board at tackle and will only consider him now as an interior lineman.

The Kansas City Chiefs continue to be the most active team present, though the Browns have just as many scouts present.  

Kansas City spoke with Dustin Long, Aaron Francisco, John Rudzinski and Adam Seward at length today.  One Chiefs scout was focusing very intently on every tight end and running back almost exclusively.

Again, Cleveland's scouts focused very heavily on the offensive linemen.

Baltimore spoke extensively with Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang.

The Dallas Cowboys are more interested in offensive and defensive linemen than the other positions.

With two first round picks in this year's draft (#11 and #20), the Cowboys have many options when it comes to their draft day needs. So far at these practice sessions, the Cowboys continue to keep their focus on some of the top linemen available.

And speaking of offensive linemen, Nick Kaczur and Jonathan Colon remain the class of the offensive linemen from the East.

Both blockers continued to play well in space and moved their opponents off the ball in run blocking situations. Though Kaczur did not look comfortable today when positioned at guard, he did show the ability to get out to the second level and destroy linebackers. Vanderbilt's Justin Geisinger had a much better day at guard. His footwork was better during drills which allowed him to keep pass rushers at bay. Yet when tried at his college position of tackle Geisinger looked uncomfortable as his footwork became sloppy trying to keep up with speedy edge rushers. Illinois center Duke Preston had a nice day playing guard. He held his ground in pass protection and played with more strength then on Monday.

Minnesota offensive tackle Rian Melander had a tough time holding up today and did not look as sound as he did on Monday. Jason Respert, Bucky Babcock, and Scott Mruczkowski did not stand out today. Unfortunately for C. J. Brooks and Pete McMahon they did stand out as they got beat all practice by opponents.

Defensively it was more of the same on the front seven.

Jay Ratliff continues to be unblockable during drills and was even allowed to line up at defensive end today. Once place on the outside Ratliff showed the ability to beat tackles going inside, outside, or straight through them. Albert Means also had another good day.

South Carolina's Darrell Shropshire was another that had a good day for the East. Shropshire did a nice job coming off blocks and got penetration several times throughout practice. When double teamed however, Shropshire was ineffective. Darrell Reid of Minnesota won the award for most enthusiastic player of the day. Reid was the first to volunteer for special teams duties and lobbied continuously to get more opportunities during drills. He made an impressive play during scrimmage running down Ryan Fitzpatrick on a naked bootleg.

Simon Fraser continued to build on Monday's solid practice. Fraser has difficulty coming off blocks but possesses a quick first step and gives a maximum effort until the play is blown dead. Santonio Thomas continues to disappoint with his uninspired play.

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