Petitti a Building Block?

Cowboys tap Pittsburgh offensive tackle to hopefully provide depth at tackle. <BR>

The Dallas coaching staff wasn't displeased with right tackles Torrin Tucker and Kurt Vollers last year, but their overall thinking is that those players are better suited to serving as backups.

Jacob Rogers, who was taken in the second round of last year's draft, might take over the position, but he did not play a significant role in his rookie season. So, after dedicating most of its draft to the defensive side of the ball, the Cowboys plucked offensive tackle Rob Petitti (6-6, 347, 5.26) from Pittsburgh.

Having lasted into the sixth round (No. 209 overall), there's certainly no assurance that Petitti is a lock to take over on the right side.

However, he certainly is a big body who adds depth at the position.

Tucker, Vollers and Rogers all are better-conditioned athletes than Petitti, who relies on his bulk (he reportedly bulked up to more than 360 pounds during his senior season) to compensate for a lack of footspeed.

A four-year starter at Pitt, Petitti was an All-Big East honoree for each of his last three seasons.

While he doesn't run particularly well, he has superior size (obviously) and strength who dominates defensive linemen once he gets his hands on them.

Nevertheless, it's no secret that Parcells likes linemen who can move, and Petitti will need to keep his weight under control to get into the rotation on the offensive line.

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