Cowboys Mock Draft: Round 1

With the No. 18 overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select ...

No. 18: Dallas selects DT Brodrick Bunkley, Florida State

When you consider that defensive tackle is one area of the team that has taken a serious hit with the loss of La'Roi Glover this off-season and also that the Cowboys have also yet to sign a quality free agent at the position, this selection makes sense.

Simply put, Bunkley is the type of player that can excel in the Cowboys defensive scheme.

He has an extremely strong upper body and gets across the line very quickly – often collapsing the pocket on pass plays or forcing running backs to stop and try to bounce plays outside on runs that were intended to go up the middle.

The Cowboys have a penchant for trading up or down on a whim, so they could go in any direction here, but, if they stand pat and make their selection, Bunkley would be just what the doctor (or the Big Tuna) ordered.

Bunkley is currently the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect available for the 2006 NFL Draft, as ranked by

Full Name: Broderick Bunkley School: Florida State Pos: DT

Ht: 6-2.5 Wt: 306 40: 5.00 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after 66/25/9. Junior totals included 12/3/1 when he played with a high ankle sprain.

Pos: Explosive interior lineman who can be used at defensive tackle or on the nose. Displays tremendous first-step quickness, plays with leverage and has a nasty attitude. Tough to handle and was consistently doubled by opponents. Keeps his feet driving up the field, has a burst of speed and is quick closing on the play.

Neg: Must use his hands better and develop more moves. Has a history of knee problems.

Analysis: Ever-improving the past two seasons, Bunkley is a terrific one-gap lineman who can be used in different schemes. Elevated his stock significantly at the Senior Bowl and is now a first-round pick.

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