Cowboys Talk with Top Free Safety

MOBILE, AL. - The Dallas Cowboys talked to one of the top defensive backs available in the 2006 NFL Draft this week at the Senior Bowl.

Looking for additional help at free safety, the Dallas Cowboys interviewed Nebraska defensive back Daniel Bullocks Wednesday at the Senior Bowl workouts.

Bullocks recorded 83 total tackles, four passes defended and one interception as a senior with the Cornhuskers in 2005.

The Cowboys will address their free safety concerns in either free agency or the upcoming NFL Draft. Several marquee names will likely be available in March, however the Cowboys have already shown significant interest in Bullocks.

Sources tell that the Cowboys are expected to meet with Bullocks again - possibly as soon as this week.

Last season, special teams' ace Keith Davis was the starter, but the Cowboys would like to add a player that can help more in coverage situations.

Bullocks during Senior Bowl workouts.

Senior Bowl Observations:
Monday Practice Notes: Looked better than expected during coverage drills then struggled playing the ball during scrimmage. Solid in run defense. Used at strong safety.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Plays high and stiff. Takes bad angles to the ball after the reception. Sets up deep in the secondary to keep the receivers in front of him. Does well moving forward and picked off a pass.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Solid speed for over the top support, but the burst is limited to times when he is already in motion running towards the ball. Does not flash stop/start ability.

Scouting Report:
Full Name: Daniel Bullocks School: Nebraska

Ht: 6-0 Wt: 205 40: 4.51 Yr: 5Sr

Pos: Solid run defending safety best covering the pass in zone. Picks up assignments, patrols center field and gets vertical to defend the ball. Displays a sense of timing and anticipation. Possesses a burst to the action. Works well with quarterbacks. Wraps up in run support.

Neg: Struggles in man-to-man coverage and not quick transitioning. Marginally effective on the blitz. Tends to gather into tackles.

Analysis: A potential two deep zone safety, Bullocks offers solid skills for the next level. Not as polished or versatile as his brother yet a solid middle frame pick next April.

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