Spears' Stock Soaring

A pass rushing defensive end is the No. 1 need for the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. Does LSU Marcus Spears somehow fit into the Cowboys 2005 draft plans? Read on to find out! <BR>

When Senior Bowl week concluded in late January, there was one defensive prospect that was on the mind of nearly every NFL scout in attendance- Marcus Spears.

Spears, who enjoyed a strong showing that week, had conversations with many teams in Mobile, but perhaps his biggest thrill was an in-depth talk with Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells.

Of course, the interest of Bill Parcells and the Cowboys is obvious. The Cowboys need a pass rushing specialist more than anything else this offseason. Some sort of versatile player that can get to the quarterback with regularity.

It's what the Cowboys were hoping Marcellus Wiley would bring them last year. The year before, it was what they were hoping for from Ebenezer Ekuban.

The list literally goes on and on.

For the Dallas Cowboys, the acquisition of a defensive lineman like Spears is clearly one of the biggest priorities of the offseason.

Scout.com ranks Marcus Spears a the 4th best defensive end in the 2005 NFL Draft.
"Spears is a difference maker when he applies himself," notes one NFL Scout. "He's a disruptive force in a variety of ways and one of the most complete defensive lineman available in April's draft. However, it won't be until makes football a priority 12 months a year that he realizes his true potential."

As a senior at LSU, Spears recorded 49 tackles to go along with nine sacks and an interception. As a junior, he registered 49 tackles, six sacks another pick.

Clearly, Marcus Spears is one of the top defensive linemen available in the 2005 NFL Draft.

The question is, how long will he last? By most accounts, Spears is a top ten pick.

He offers the size and quickness needed to compete at the professional level, yet he also has the flexibility and athleticism to play almost anywhere on the defensive line.

That flexibility is one of the attributes Bill Parcells admires most in a prospect.

It gives him options. Options in the 3-4. Options in the 4-3.

Options for the future.

And that's just one of many reasons that Marcus Spears is high atop the Dallas Cowboys' wish list.

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