Cowboys Interested in Star Safety

The Dallas Cowboys were onhand for Nebraska's Pro Day, and one of their main targets was undoubtedly Josh Bullocks, one of the top safeties in the land. <BR>

If an NFL scout is looking for defensive backs, one of the best places to start his search is Lincoln, Neb., where a handful of top prospects have the potential to be taken in the first three rounds of next month's NFL draft.

And leading the way is Josh Bullocks (6-0, 209), one of the top safeties in college football over the course of the last two seasons.

Bullocks worked out at the NFL Combine in February, running times of 4.46 and 4.50. At his Pro Day in Lincoln, he also ran a 4.47 and 4.51.

Not too bad for a safety.

As a junior at Nebraska, Bullocks recorded 62 total tackles, including two for loss and two interceptions.

As a sophomore, Bullocks started all 13 games and recorded a mind-boggling 10 picks.

"Here's a guy that's a ball hawk," notes one NFL Scout. "He's always around the ball making plays and that's just one of several reasons so many teams are high on him.

Bullocks is currently the No. 3 safety available in this year's draft according to Scout.com.
"He's not the most physical guy, but he's smart and has good instincts. He is outstanding in coverage and always knows what's going on around him."

Bullocks is currently the No. 3 safety available in this year's draft according to Scout.com.

For the Cowboys, Bullocks has been a closely watched prospect for quite some time. In fact, Cowboys' secondary coach Todd Bowles was on hand at the Cornhuskers' Pro Day to see for himself what all the fuss was about.

Bullocks, along with speedster cornerback Fabian Washington, are two defensive backs receiving attention from Dallas, but naturally, with a greater need at safety after signing free agent cornerback Anthony Henry, the focus is clearly on Bullocks.

And the good news is that Bullocks may be a perfect fit for the Cowboys secondary.

Why?

For starters, Dallas needs a safety that compliments the play of Roy Williams.

That player must be able to cover receivers in the open field. He doesn't have to play close to the line of scrimmage, that's Williams' job, but he does have to cover.

And Bullocks can do just that.

The Cowboys also would like to add another playmaker in the secondary. Bullocks certainly qualifies there with 12 interceptions in his last two years of playing football.

Dallas also needs a defensive back with size. Bullocks stands in at 6-feet tall and weighs almost 210 pounds.

Sound like the perfect fit? He just might be.

And he just might be too good to for the Cowboys to pass up in the second round.

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