"The past three days have gone well," Pressley said in an interview with Scout.com. "I couldn't ask for better. I think I've practiced really hard — we lost a tackle, so we've had a few more reps. But I just had to push through it. These past three days, I think I did well in pass rush. And inside, I proved that I was powerful and an all-around tackle."
"Powerful" would be exactly what the Cowboys are looking for in a defensive tackle in their 3-4 scheme.
Dallas lost starting tackle Jason Ferguson in the first game of the 2007 season against the New York Giants. Third-year man Jay Ratliff actually surprised as his replacement, and the new acquired Tank Johnson also provided adequate depth, but the Cowboys would like to add another man to the mix in 2008.
Pressley could indeed be that man.
As a senior he recorded 38 total tackles including six for loss and 1.5 sacks. At 6-3, 300 pounds, he could be the ideal anchor in the middle for the Dallas defense.
He possesses excellent athleticism with good speed and quickness. He can also chase down tacklers from the backside and pursues the football well. Still somewhat raw, he has a lot of upside and could develop into a fine tackle. And he knows what it takes to make it at the next level, having played alongside the likes of Mario Williams.
One concern for Pressley has been injuries and his hands. This week in Mobile, he's been hoping to alleviate some of those concerns.
"I know a big question was, 'Am I injury prone?,'" he said. "No, I don't think I am. And I've really been working on my hands here just to prove to everyone that my hands do work right. I guess these past three days I was just trying to prove myself to everybody or filling in the blanks for them."
N.C. State DT DeMario Pressley