Cowboys Draft OG Andre Gurode in Round #2

The Cowboys added some much needed depth on the offensive line by selecting OG Andre Gurode of Colorado with the 37th pick in the NFL Draft. Gurode is a big, dominant force in the middle of the offensive line and he'll likely challenge for a starting position right away.

Position: Offensive Center/Guard
College: Colorado
Height: 6-3.6
Weight: 320
Hometown: Houston, Texas

Accolades: All-American first-team selection by The NFL Draft Report, Associated Press, ABC Sports, CNN/SI and The Sporting News in 2001

STATS & BIO: Four-year starter that played extensively at both center and guard. All-Conference choice as both a senior and junior.

THE GOOD: Big, dominant force in the middle of the offensive line. Blocks with forward lean, leverage and plays smart football. Powerful in both his upper and lower body, destroys opponents removing them off the line of scrimmage and taking them out of the action. Plays with a tough, nasty attitude, looks to hit someone and finishes his blocks. Not nimble but displays excellent arm punch and rides opponents out of their angle of attack. Quick in his head picking up stunts or blitzes and works well with his line-mates.

THE BAD: Can shuffle and slide in pass protection but not quick or fluid about it, not light on his feet and lacks body adjustment. Slow blocking on the second level and better in confined quarters.

THE SKINNY: His inability to move space coupled with the dominance he offers blocking for the run makes us feel his best position at the next level is at guard where he could be a stalwart for years to come.

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He may not be the most glamourous pick in the 2nd round, but he sure is a solid football player. Gurode comes to Dallas from Colorado, where he was widely considered to be one of the premier blockers in the country from a year ago.

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