Versatile LB Visiting Dallas Monday

TheRanchReport.com learns of another linebacker on the Cowboys' radar.

The Dallas Cowboys will welcome former Utah State LB John Chick next Monday April 17, TheRanchReport.com has learned.

Chick is a versatile linebacker that has played multiple positions during his tenure with the Aggies. He played as a defensive end in 2003, as an outside linebacker in 2004 in a 3-4 defense, and back to defensive end in a 4-3 scheme after a coaching change in 2005.

As a senior, Chick was named an All-Conference selection after posting 48 tackles, including 19 for loss and 12.5 sacks.

Chick is also one of a handful of prospects available for the 2006 NFL Draft that will be in the Dallas area that day.

TheRanchReport.com will have more on those prospects in the coming days.

Full Name: John Chick School: Utah State Pos: OLB

Ht: 6-3 Wt: 265 40: 4.61 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Four-year starter used at defensive tackle, defensive end and linebacker. All-Conference selection as a senior after 48/19/12.5.

Pos: High-energy, athletic defender best making plays up the field. Fluid changing direction, and plays with good pad level. Quick reading the action and locating the ball. Fast off the edge and displays speed pursuing to the flanks. Quick closing on the action and goes very hard.

Neg: First-move lineman easily handled at the point of attack by a single blocker. Lacks footwork and ability in space.

Analysis: A team leader, Chick has outside potential as a rush linebacker who stands up over tackle in the NFL.

Bio
2004: Earned team's Golden Helmet Award for top hitter... Also named the team's top linebacker... Started the last six games of the year at will linebacker... Registered 40 tackles on the year... Led team with nine tackles for loss, including three sacks... Sacks came against Alabama, UNLV and New exico State... Had a season-high eight tackles against UNLV... Also had six tackles against Arkansas State.

2003: Named the team's outstanding sophomore... Missed the first three games of the season with a broken thumb... Returned and recorded a sack in each of his first four games back (USU did not record a sack in his absence)... Recovered a fumble and returned it 37 yards for a touchdown against North Texas... Had 33 tackles in nine games with 5.5 tackles for loss, including the four sacks... Best tackle games were nine against Wyoming and seven against North Texas in consecutive weeks.

2002: Became the first USU freshman to start a season opener since 1993 when Pratt Lyons started at defensive tackle... Started all 11 games on the year... Was named one of three USU freshmen of the year with Donald Penn and Matt Wiser... Recorded 42 tackles on the year to rank seventh on the team and first among down linemen... Had 5.5 tackles for loss, including a team-high tying four sacks... Broke up two passes and forced one fumble on the season... Had five tackles in four different games, including each of his first two collegiate contests against Utah and Nebraska... His sacks came against BYU, UL-Monroe, Troy State and Middle Tennessee... Also forced a fumble against BYU.

High School: Named the Wyoming high school defensive lineman of the year... Was an all-state defensive end and tight end... Was a two-time all-conference selection... As a senior he recorded 52 tackles, including 12 for loss... Also broke up four passes, recovered two fumbles and blocked a kick... As a tight end he caught four passes, including three for touchdowns and one two-point conversion... His team won the state championship after an undefeated season his senior year in 2000... Campbell County also won the state title in 1998 and finished second in 1999... Competed in track and was the state champion in both the shot put and discus.

Personal: Born Nov. 20, 1982 in Gillette, Wyo... Son of John and Julie Chick... Has one brother and one sister... Wants to major in pre-physical therapy... Would like to become a physical education teacher... Hobbies include golf, baseball, basketball, weight lifting, playing Nintendo, water activities, camping and fishing.

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