Continuing a trend that started at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. four weeks ago, the Dallas Cowboys interviewed several major defensive targets Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
TheRanchReport.com has learned one of the prospects receiving the most attention was Penn State defensive end Tamba Hali.
Hali, who measured in Saturday at 6-2, 275 pounds, is widely considered to be one of the top three defensive end prospects available in the 2006 NFL Draft.
In fact, Hali is currently rated as the No. 3 defensive end by Scout.com.
Interestingly enough, the Cowboys have held extensive interviews with three of Scout.com's top five defensive ends, including N.C. State's Manny Lawson and FSU's Kamerion Wimbley along with Hali.
Aside from the Cowboys, Hali has also spoken with the Broncos, Chargers, Falcons, Bucs, Giants and Vikings.
Tamba Hali Notes
* Hali grew up in war-torn Liberia, escaped to the Ivory Coast and came to the United States about halfway through his life. His father is a professor at Farleigh-Dickinson and was able to get him, two brothers and one sister to the U.S., but since his father had remarried, Tamba's mother had to stay behind. The last time he saw her was in 1994, and he talks to her about twice a week. He hopes to get her to the U.S. after receiving his citizenship.
* His mother actually lives in a hut and "she doesn't have a clue what's going on (football-wise)," he said. "She'll go from living in a hut to a nice home (after he signs and gets her to the U.S.)."
* Fell in love with football with "just being able to go out there and hit people and not get fined for it.
Tamba Hali Scouting Report
Pos: Good athlete who makes a lot of plays in pursuit. Quick off the snap, fast up the field and immediately alters his angle of attack, displaying outstanding range. Possesses a burst of speed closing to the play. Has a warrior mentality and very intense. Solid in run defense.
Neg: Undersized and smothered by large blockers. Must develop more moves with his hands.
Analysis: A consistent and productive defensive player at Penn State the past two seasons, Hali has continued to improve during his senior campaign. Lacks top growth potential yet could be very productive in the proper NFL-system.
Cowboys Interview Top DE
CowboysHQ Top Stories
Cowboys Top Bears: The 'Rise of the Bease'Five different Cowboys QBs can't be wrong, right? Not when they all put their trust in Cole Beasley, now the Cowboys' No. 2 wide receiver.
Youth Helps Cowboys Hurdle Bears, 31-17The Cowboys took care of the Bears 31-17 to finish September with a 2-1 record while dropping Chicgo to 0-3. Dallas' kids, and Dallas' health, are the big takeaways.
CowboysHQYesterday at 8:58 PM
Cowboys T. McClain + His Pal - His Big ToeARLINGTON - In preparation for tonight's Bears at Cowboys game, I go 1-in-1 with maybe Dallas' best player on D, Terrell McClain - and his new best friend, his so-far-cooperative…
CowboysHQYesterday at 6:34 AM
Cowboys 1st and 10: The Front Four ShuffleEach weekend I provide 10 quick hits on the Cowboys. Marinelli is turning to his tackles to create an edge rush, the debate about Romo’s job security is a little insulting, and…
CowboysHQSaturday at 1:00 PM