Cowboys Draft Target: S Brodney Pool

Looking for the Cowboys No. 1 target at safety in the 2005 NFL Draft? Look no further than Oklahoma's Brodney Pool, one of the best pure coverage safeties available this year. <BR>

As we continue to break down the Dallas Cowboys' potential 2005 draft targets, we keep the focus in the defensive backfield with an in-depth look at Oklahoma safety Brodney Pool (6-1, 201).

As a sophomore, Pool led Oklahoma with seven interceptions, which tied for No. 11 nationally. He also was the fourth leading tackler on the team with 68.

Last year, he led the Sooners in tackles with 92, including five for loss, nine passes broken up, and two interceptions.

Looking over the entire crop of safety prospects in this year's draft, Pool is widely considered to be one of the best. He can cover a speedy wide receiver one-on-one, he has great instincts, and he's also consistently demonstrated the ability to make plays.

"Pool is very good in coverage and displays excellent instincts," notes one NFL scout. currently ranks Pool as the No. 2 safety prospect available in the 2005 NFL Draft.
"He's a fundamentally sound tackler and generally takes a good angle of pursuit. He may need to bulk up some for the next level, but overall, he's one of the best safeties available this year."

That statement was proven at the NFL Combine in February, when over 20 teams interviewed the first team Big XII selection. The Cowboys were one of those teams, the only problem is he may be selected somewhere between the Cowboys' first and second round picks.

Keep in mind that could all change if the Cowboys elect to trade down from the No. 20 overall selection and acquire more picks.

The Cowboys interest in Pool is obvious. Like Nebraska S Josh Bullocks, Pool could offer Dallas the perfect compliment to current safety Roy Williams.

While Williams excels in run support, making the big hit, and playing close to the line of scrimmage, Bullocks and Pool are more comfortable in coverage situations. currently ranks Pool as the No. 2 safety prospect available in the 2005 NFL Draft, trailing only Georgia's Thomas Davis.

To reiterate the Cowboys' interest here, Dallas linebackers coach Gary Gibbs was on had to come away impressed.

Pool showed off his 39-inch vertical jump that afternoon, and also demonstrated ample speed, running a solid 4.52 forty-yard dash.

The only question remains, will he still be available when the Cowboys go the clock with the No. 42 overall pick?

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