Pat McQuistan: Work in Progress

Small school offensive tackle Pat McQuistan holds long-term promise for the Cowboys.

Dallas head coach Bill Parcells is not fond of hypotheticals. When a reporter asks him about what he might do if Terrell Owens lets his behavior distract from the team's success, Parcells is quick to dismiss the logic of answering "what if" questions.

But in a sense, the Cowboys played the "what if" game in the seventh round of last weekend's draft when they chose offensive lineman Pat McQuistan of Weber (Utah) State. On paper, McQuistan has all the "measurables" that NFL scouts covet: he's 6-foot-6, weighs 314 pounds and is extremely strong.

But he's also very raw. After being ineligible for his first two years at Weber State, he played just 15 games in his college career.

McQuistan wasn't even the most heralded player with his last name at Weber State; his brother, Paul, was taken in the third round by the Oakland Raiders.

"He's green," Parcells said, "there's no doubt about that. We liked his brother, too -- we were in on him, too. This one (Pat), he's about a year behind his brother in his development."

Pat McQuistan acknowledges that his brother "plays better in space," in part because he played tackle at Weber State, while Pat played inside at guard.

"But we both play with the same edge," he said. "We both get after you pretty well. The only difference is that playing guard, I was covered up by another lineman on each side, while he was out on the edge."

McQuistan, who worked this weekend at offensive tackle and on special teams, said that while the Cowboys had offered no indications about his chances of making the team, he understands their interest in him.

"They haven't said anything yet," he said. "I only played two years in college. I've got good size and good strength, but I'm still pretty raw.

"How coachable I am will be a really big deal."

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