Cowboys Workout Sleeper Fullback

With just one true fullback on the 2006 roster, the Dallas Cowboys are looking to upgrade the position before the start of next season.

Recently, former Oklahoma State fullback Shawn Willis had a private workout with the Dallas Cowboys, TheRanchReport.com has learned.

Willis is a bruising back with good size and ability at the next level. He also has strong hands and the ability to convert as a ball carrier in short-yardage or goal line situations.

Even though saw his number of carries decrease during his senior season as Oklahoma State moved more towards a one-back offense, Willis has shown flashes of potential both as a blocking back and as a pass catcher.

In four seasons at OSU, the 6-foot-1, 267-pound Willis played in 35 games, starting 15, and rushed for 413 yards and nine touchdowns on 87 carries. He also had 13 catches for 103 yards.

Willis is the first fullback confirmed by TheRanchReport.com who has had a private workout with the Cowboys.

He is currently projected to be a late-round draft pick.



Full Name: Shawn Willis School: Oklahoma State

Ht: 6-1 Wt: 267 40: 4.89 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Former linebacker who started the past three seasons. Career-best rushing totals of 31/149/5 came as a sophomore. Used sparingly last year when the team went to one-back sets.

Pos: Aggressive lead blocker who clears lanes for ball carriers. Blocks down or engulfs opponents and removes them from the action. Punishing short-yardage runner when handed the ball. Plays with good balance, keeping his feet off the initial hit.

Neg: Not quick out of his stance nor effective around tackle. Average skill in pass protection.

Analysis: Possessing top size/speed numbers for a lead blocker, Willis has possibilities at the next level.

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