First Round: Cowboys Select DE/LB

IRVING, Tex. - With the No. 26 overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys selected Purdue defensive end/linebacker Anthony Spencer.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The Cowboys, who previously traded down from the No. 22 overall selection in the draft, traded with the Philadelphia Eagles to get back into the first round, giving up a second (36), a third (87) and fifth round (159) pick in the process to draft Purdue's Anthony Spencer.

JERRY JONES QUOTE: "There was risk involved to get where we wanted to go right here. We probably ran it out pretty good. He's smart. He tested real good and he knew we were interested in him. When he came in he spent a lot of times with the coaches and Wade extensively."

WADE PHILLIPS QUOTE: "He's about 260 pounds. Of course Shawne Merriman was about 260 (in San Diego). I think he's about the right size to be an outside backer to rush. We don't want him to be too heavy. We want him to be as fast as he can be. He played defensive end, but he knew what the linebackers did in college. That's kind of what you go through when you meet with these prospects. You want to see how much they know."

ANTHONY SPENCER QUOTE: "One of the things I think I bring to the table is that I think I rush the passer well. A lot of teams that saw me before the draft said that. I play with a fast motor. I like to play hard all the time. I just cant wait to get started with practice and learn everything about the defense."

SCOUTING REPORT: Anthony Spencer (6-3, 266)
BIO: Three-year starter and All-Conference selection as a senior after posting career-best totals of 93/26.5/10.5. Also broke up six passes last year. Junior totals were 23/7.5/3 in a rotational system.

POS: Outstanding athlete who took his game to another level last year. Quick off the snap, fast off the edge and shows a burst of speed in every direction. Plays with terrific balance, leverage and body control. Fluid changing direction, makes plays down the line of scrimmage and goes hard until the whistle blows. Agile, slips blockers and shows an array of moves. Possesses a decent head, immediately locating the ball.

NEG: At times easily controlled by a single blocker. Rarely used in space or asked to make plays in reverse.

FINAL: Coming off a sensational senior campaign, Spencer has significantly elevated his draft stock. Could be used as a conventional defensive end or a rush linebacker in a 34 defense. Needs to improve his playing strength, yet has all the skills necessary to produce at the next level.


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