Third Round: Cowboys Get Offensive

The Dallas Cowboys picked up offensive lineman James Marten in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft.

HOW IT HAPPENED: The Cowboys traded their original second round pick (No. 53) and their sixth round pick (No. 195) to the Cleveland Browns for a third round pick (No. 67), a fourth round pick (No. 103) and a sixth round pick (No. 168). Marten was selected with the No. 67 overall pick.

WADE PHILLIPS QUOTE: "We did not have to draft because of need. Therefore our decisions were all made that way, and that helps you. They obviously have a good program at Boston College. It's mental toughness and toughness on the field that Marten his. That's the kind of guys we want on the offensive line. He finishes blocks. He has played some guard. He's played it all. He played left tackle mostly, but with his physical toughness we think he could play right. We think he's going to make a real good pro."

JERRY JONES QUOTE: "We have come a long way since the early part of the spring on our offensive line. We saw Marten as being one of those players we would be able to get in the third round. He can come inside. It's not out of the question that he can be a guard as well. What this does is add to the young players that we already have. Combined with what we did in free agency, and you add that to Flozell coming back after his second season after that injury and add these young players coming in and we have improved our offensive line."

JAMES MARTEN QUOTE: "I'm really happy with where I went in the draft. I can't wait to get to Dallas. I can play anywhere (on the line), but I think I'm going to be playing tackle, either left or right."

BIO: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior. Used at left tackle last season after spending the prior two years at guard.

POS: Nice-sized small-area blocker who works best on the strong side. Patient, plays with good pad level and gets after assignments. Strong at the point, controls opponents and effectively uses his hands. Keeps his feet moving, stays square and makes solid use of angles. Effective position blocker who seals opponents from the action.

NEG: Struggles to adjust, lacks lateral blocking range and playing balance. Not effective in motion.

FINAL: A good-sized blocker who plays with a nasty attitude, Martin is a multi-dimensional lineman with better-than-average potential for the next level. Best in confined quarters at guard, yet also will get consideration as a right tackle.

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